Apple’s Safari took 55% of US mobile and tablet usage share in March

Apple’s Safari browser accounted for over half of US mobile and tablet internet usage in March according to independent website analytics provider, StatCounter.

“This emphasises the potential prize in the rapidly growing mobile space for Yahoo, Bing or others if Apple decides to end its default search deal with Google,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter, in a statement.

In a quarterly earnings call in January, CEO Marissa Mayer said that Yahoo was definitely in the search distribution business and anyone who is in that business needs to be interested in the Safari deal.

StatCounter Global Stats reports that in March Safari took 55% of US mobile and tablet usage share followed by Chrome on 29.9% and Android on 9.5%.

StatCounter Global Stats reports that in March Safari took 55% of US mobile and tablet usage share followed by Chrome on 29.9% and Android on 9.5%

Outside the US Safari is also leading in mobile and tablet usage in many mature markets such as Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan.

StatCounter: Outside the US Safari is also leading in mobile and tablet usage in many mature markets such as Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan.

“While Safari is the major player in the US for mobile and tablet, it is ranked number four on the desktop with just 10.5% of internet usage share. From a desktop perspective, this makes it less significant than the recent Yahoo deal with Firefox,” added Aodhan Cullen of StatCounter, in a statement.

StatCounter conducted a special analysis to investigate search engine preferences by all Safari users (including desktop, tablet and mobile) last month. This found that Google is by far the most popular with 83% share in the US and 87.9% worldwide.

Source: StatCounter

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “igroucho” for the heads up.]


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  1. But, but, but . . . . Android has 80% of the market share in ‘sales’ for mobile devices and they must be more popular than iOS. How can this be? Are Android users too cheap to use internet? Are Android users too clueless to know that they can use internet? Are Android users too poor and uneducated to go on the internet and just use their devices to pretend to be like well off and better educated folks?

  2. Concerning Apple’s upcoming decision to select a search engine for the next version of Safari, I wish Apple could create its own, on a par with Google. Context is important. Google was great when it started out. Search results are still excellent, but now their search results page is heavily encrusted with ads, making selecting the most relevant return more tedious. It would be great to get a clean search results page again that found what I was looking for.

    Competing search engines don’t seem to be as smart at parsing my queries to return relevant results. Google is really good at this. You don’t realize how important that ability is until you attempt to search Apple’s support pages to find a solution for some issue, only to realize that you spelled a key word wrong, or used the wrong phrase, or indeed didn’t even know what Apple’s word was for something, and come up against a blank search results page, when you just know the answer is lurking somewhere in their database, but you don’t know the key words.

    Google searches virtually always come up with alternatives based on the context of your query to help you narrow your search to what you’re looking for. That’s what makes Google’s search engine so compelling. Exact text matches are pretty much useless if you don’t know the exact thing you are looking for. Until Apple, or a third party search engine ups their game to Google’s league, I’ll be sticking with Google.

  3. This statistic is misleading, to Apple’s disadvantage. “Internet usage” on a mobile device is often through specifically designed apps, not general web browsers. Remember, “There’s an app for that!” This is particularly true for Apple’s mobile platform, because of the VERY strong app “ecosystem.” For example, when reading MDN on my iPhone, I usually use the MDN app; I don’t go to in Safari. I use the YouTube app to watch YouTube videos. I use my bank’s app for online banking. And so on… On my Mac, I use Safari and websites to do those same things.

    So Safari getting 55% of mobile and tablet WEB BROWSER usage share is great, considering iOS users are more likely to use an app (not a web browser) for Internet access compared to other platforms with fewer apps (particularly for tablets). If the statistic was straight “Internet usage share” by any means (assuming there is a way to measure that accurately), Apple’s portion would be closer to 75%, not 55%.

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