Analysis firm Net Market Share recently released Web browser data for mobile devices it tracks. Based on the activity from more than 160 million monthly visitors, it appears that Apple’s native mobile browser leads the pack by almost 40 percent. With 61.79 percent of mobile Web browsers using Safari, the data again points to iPhone and iPad as the most popular devices for all of your Internet needs.
According to Net Market Share, Safari increased in popularity month-to-month by more than six percent. February of 2013 saw the lowest usage with only 55.41 percent. February’s numbers were the lowest since January 2012.
March’s increase put mobile Safari back to a more average number for the past six months. However it is still a drop from the first half of 2012 where Apple’s mobile Web browser regularly saw an average of 65 percent usage.
Mobile Safari’s next closest competitor is Android’s browser, which only saw 21.86 percent usage in March of 2013, a 1.04 percent drop month-to-month from February. Android’s browser saw an increase of usage during the second half of 2012, around the same time that mobile Safari began to lose users. However, it appears that the trends are reversing.
Net Market Share collects data from browsers of site visitors to more than 40,000 websites with approximately 160 million unique visits per month to generate the data that they analyze and release on their website on a regular basis.