Study: Apple's Safari powers more than half of all mobile browsing


Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) Safari dominates worldwide mobile/tablet browser market share according to the latest data published by web analytics firm NetApplications.

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Safari--the default browser on all devices running Apple's iOS--powers 52.99 percent of mobile browsing as of August 2011, more than double its nearest competitor, Opera Mini, at 20.77 percent. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android browser follows at 15.73 percent, trailed by Symbian (5.83 percent), BlackBerry (2.90 percent) and Opera Mobile (0.58 percent).

Although Android far outpaces iOS in regards to worldwide smartphone market share, controlling 48 percent of the global market compared to iOS's 19 percent according to Canalys data published last month, NetApplications' research examines both smartphone and tablet web activity, giving Apple a major edge.

In July, NetApplications reported Apple's iPad now yields 1.03 percent of all Internet traffic worldwide and 2.1 percent of web browsing in the U.S. market--that's 53 times the web usage share of its closest tablet competitor, the Android-based Samsung Galaxy Tab, 76 times the usage of the third-place Motorola Xoom and 306 times the traffic of Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry PlayBook.

Android is catching up to Opera Mini. In October 2010, Opera Mini represented 32.43 percent of mobile/tablet browsing, while Android accounted for 9.24 percent.

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