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Safari boosts mobile browser market share, retains top spot

Despite recently dropping in the mobile browser rankings, Apple’s Safari jumped by six per cent last month, retaining its number one position by a wide margin.

According to market share research firm Net Applications, the iOS browser nabbed 61.79 per cent of the market share in March, up from February’s 55.41 per cent. Android browser, the default browser that ships with Google’s mobile OS, followed with 21.86 per cent, and Opera came in third with 8.4 per cent of the mobile market share.

Safari, which dominated the mobile browser market early on, has plateaued over the past few quarters, hardly inching much higher than two-thirds of the market share.

Competitors like Android browser, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome have gained more ground, as their respective operating systems have become more widely adopted around the word. The past year in particular saw the release of a rash of Android and Windows Phone and Windows 8 smartphones and tablets, helping Microsoft to get Internet Explorer for mobiles in the hands of more consumers.

As for desktop browsers, Internet Explorer is hanging on to the number one spot, having grabbed 55.8 per cent of desktop traffic last month. Firefox followed with 20.2 per cent, and Chrome landed in third place, with 16.45 per cent of desktop traffic. However, despite the popularity of mobile Safari, the desktop version of Apple’s browser trailed in fourth place, with 5.31 per cent of traffic.