This Company is Winning the Internet Browser Battle

Google Chrome’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) rapid growth could be the reason NetMarketShare’s October data shows Internet Explorer’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) PC browser share to be down to 52.6%. Meanwhile, heavy iPad usage probably caused Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Safari’s share of the browser market to soar to 62.2%. Google’s PC search share rose slightly to 82.4%, although its mobile search share was roughly flat at 91.1%.

Browser metrics from NetMarketShare show Safari continues to gain market share, and since December 2010 Safari’s share of the mobile browser market has increased from 49.17% to its current level of 62.17%. Android’s growth rate is much slower than mobile Safari. Android is now grabbing 18.65% of the mobile browser market, up from 11.50%. The biggest loser is Opera Mini which dropped 13.37 percentage points.

“These numbers are not surprising to those who have used mobile browsers from a variety of platforms. Both iOS and Android have robust, user-friendly browsers that can access a variety websites and, in the case of Android, serve up Flash content. Opera Mini may be falling as users who would install this third-party browser are turning to these native browsers instead. Drops in Symbian and BlackBerry correlate with declining usage of those mobile platforms,” according to TUAW.

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