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Monday, August 11, 2008

Browsing Browser Statistics

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I'm an avid Opera browser fan, but according to and their 2008 Browser Statistics, I'm in the minority. Internet Explorer is still the most widely used browser, but Firefox is quickly meeting them halfway. W3school reports that as of July 2008, Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7 are running neck and neck, and 26.4% and 25.3% respectively. Some late adopters, only .3%, are still hanging on to IE5. Firefox has gained almost half the market - quickly gathering up 42.6% of internet users. Poor Opera, only 1.9% have realized how wonderful the Opera browser is. Opera is a lot faster than IE and Firefox and is highly customizable. Disclosure: I have nothing to gain by promoting any browser. I just really like Opera. Hey, out of 215 million internet users in the US alone reported by Plunkett Research, 1.9% isn't too bad.

A great website that I visit frequently for Internet stats is Internet World Stats. If you need Internet Statistics, you'll find demographics like local, global, regional Internet and population information and all kinds of graphs to go along with it. Internet Stats is in my permanent bookmarks. I think they may sell some data, but there are pages and pages of free data for you to use to give your reports or research some more awe-inspiring data. (THAT many people are on the Internet?!!? I didn't even know that many people were alive!)

I'm adding to this post on August 26, 2008 after reading some more browser statistics on Tech Republic. The browser share they quote from The Counter is significantly different than W3Schools. (The Counter charges $19.95 and W3Schools is free.) They list IE at 77% and Firefox at 17%. I don't know about you - but that sounds far too low for fast-growing Firefox. For this blog, Firefox is the browser of choice and holds the majority at 41% and IE at 28%. W3School is given high regard in developer circles - and if you need to quote some browser statistics - quote the statistics from W3School. The Tech Republic article has some interesting comments and it's a worthwhile read for developers.

Adding to the post September 18, 2008: Just found this link with a graph on browsers in Russia from the Russian Opera blogger Andrey Petrov. Here are some more Opera browser statistics from his blog. He has a new baby in the the posts are a little outdated - but I thought they might be of interest to someone researching browser statistics.

Update November 2009: Google Chrome Captures 3.6% of market.

2009 trends in browser statistics according to W3schools. Woo hoo! Opera is up to 2.3%!

For interest, there's a January 2009 article which lists reasons why statistics from the past may be skewed (i.e, election time).

Then there's Opera mini which has a far larger global share in the mobile browser wars.

Statistics on browsers in Russia.

The Opera 10 announcement at states:

Microsoft's Internet Explorer is used for about 60 percent of global Internet traffic, and Mozilla's Firefox has about 30 percent, with usage of Opera, Google and Apple all around 3 percent each, according to Web analytics firm StatCounter.

Opera has a small share of the global desktop browser market, but its browser is the most popular in countries like Russia or Ukraine, and its mobile browser is the most widely used browser on handsets.

Opera also has their "State of the Mobile Web" report with current global statistics on mobile browser usage, particularly Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Nonetheless, a simple chart showing the growth of Opera mini clearly demonstrates it's growth, and Stat Counter has 2009 statistics demonstrating that Opera Mini is overtaking the Iphone for mobile browsing. A September 2009 article from FinChannel (global financial news), also reports Opera Mini as the most popular mobile browser. Their quote:

Now, more than 31.9 million people use Opera Mini to browse the Web from their mobile phones. In August, Opera Mini gained at least one new user every second.

An article from Tech Arena has the same quote, but it goes further to list Opera statistics from Europe and around the globe. Here's their take on the top countries using Opera Mini:

The top 10 countries for Opera Mini usage are (in order): Russia, Indonesia, India, China, Ukraine, South Africa, United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom and Poland. There is no change to the top 10 countries this month.

But, those top 10 have changed. WatBlog reports the current top ten as of September as:

Russia, Indonesia, India, China, Ukraine, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, Poland and Vietnam

They also list the top sites visited in India, comparing Google, Yahoo and others, and has other stats on Opera mobile browsing from September 2009.

Since I have other posts related to Africa and I'm finding interest in statistics from Africa from my readers, here's a website dedicated to PC and phone mobility in Nigeria, with statistics on Opera Mini in Nigeria.

There is a very resourceful wiki at W3org that lists mobile browsing statistics in developing countires, and has links to statistics on mobile browsing in Africa, including a Africa 2008 Mobile Fact Book in pdf format, and a pdf file with 2009 stats on mobile phone usage in Africa. More statistics on Africa browsing and mobility, including the expensive costs and transmission data, can be found at Martin Sauter's blog post on Africa and the Mobile Internet.

Boy did this update take on an angle I didn't expect. I'll have to get these recent links into my search engine.

Have fun keeping up with the browser wars - and don't let the statistics on mobile browser wars go unnoticed. New Cell Phone Accessories and More


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