Most of the regular readers know that I am a fanatic for statistics and numbers. We are at the fag end of this year and I am planning to do series of posts that featuring some very interesting numbers and statistics -I am sure readers would find quite interesting & informative.
So here it goes – Statcounter, one of the leading Web statistics tracker in world has come out with global statistics on Web and Mobile browsing. Infact, they have launched a section that gives you most updated insights on user behavior on web and mobile.
Here are some of the popular once that you may find quite Interesting:
Top 5 Browsers of 2009
Yes, I know you are seeing this particular graph with a hint of frown on your face (especially if you are a IE hater) – Internet Explorer still close to 56% market share as of December 2009. The good part is – the share is rapidly falling down. Just a year back IE has close to 70% market share. There is hope.
Firefox comes up at 2nd place with close to 32% market share, as rise of about 5% over last year.
The biggest gainer though has been chrome and I am sure it will be rising even faster in coming days. Chrome is not even a year old and it has already captured more than 5% market share. One of the main drawbacks about chrome was that it did not have plugins / extensions to extend its functionality, which is very popular with with Firefox users and also one of the main reasons why many people have not yet moved from FF to Chrome.
Having said that, Chrome already has extensions on its beta release and from the looks of it, it is absolutely awesome (yes, I use them). From personal point of view I gave up sluggish FF 6 months back and have never returned to it. I am a die-hard Chrome fan !
Top Browsers Versions used
This graphs looks to be more evenly distributed, but as you may have guessed, Top 3 of 4 browsers are IE versions. I am really surprised that worldwide there are close to 15% people still using I.E 6
Now here is a shocker – Do you know how many Indian web users still use IE6?
A whooping 31% (double compared to global average)
Top Mobile Browsers in the world / India
The reason I am featuring World-wide Mobile browser usage as well as India is because of the amount of difference in usage patterns shown India Mobile users compared to their global peers.
Globaly, the mobile browser market share is quite evenly distributed with Opera accounting for close to 27%, followed by Iphone (23%) and Nokia (19%). One of the main reasons is off course the popularity of Iphone in Western countries, while it nearly bombed in countries like India and China.
If you look at the graph of Indian mobile users it is completely different – Only 2 of them nearly cover the entire landscape. Opera is extremely popular with more than 62% of Indian mobile users using it followed by Nokia in-built browser (27%). Interesting, the third position is taken by netfront browser (6%) – I have never heard about it (I have skyfire on my windows mobile phone).
Is any of the trak.in readers using Netfront?
I will be following up this post tomorrow which will cover Operating System / Search Engine statistics etc so keep tuned :)