Apple’s Safari browser made a strong resurgence in March, according to new statistics on mobile browser usage.
The default Android browser came in second with 21.86% of the share, falling about one point from its February numbers. Opera Mini suffered a much larger drop from February, losing about four points and coming in third at 8.4% of the share in March. Chrome, which sits in fourth place, took 2.43% of the share in March, up about half a percentage point from February.
Safari Still Number One Despite Chrome & Opera Updates
Despite running solely on iOS devices, Safari still holds a solid claim on the Number One Browser title. Safari had risen significantly for a few years, but over the past 12 months or so, it has remained mostly in the same place. In March of 2012, Safari held 60.5% of the share, just 1.29% less than it does now.
The default Android browser is only available on Android devices, while Opera and Chrome can be downloaded on to both Android and iOS devices.
Safari made the resurgence in March regardless of Google’s release in March of updates to its Chrome browsers for iOS and Android. Also in March came Opera’s release of the beta edition of a WebKit-based Android browser.