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iPhone browser grows 58% market share in one month

One of the most popular Smartphones around right now is the Apple iPhone. The launch of the iPhone 3G has only helped make the device even more popular with users thanks to faster download speeds and new features.

Along with increased sales of the iPhone thanks to the 3G capability, the share of the market the iPhone's Safari browser has is growing. CNET News reports that the iPhone has boosted the share of the market its browser commands since the launch of the 3G model.

Figures compiled by Net Applications show that in June 2008 -- prior to the launch of the iPhone 3G -- the iPhone browser had 0.16% the mobile browser market. In July, the share of the mobile browser market for the iPhone grew to 0.19%.

After the launch of the iPhone 3G as of September 1, the iPhone now has a mobile browser market share of 0.30%. That makes for an increase of 58% in market share in only one month. A Net Applications report on the mobile browser market says, "The release of the iPhone 3G has brought large gains in Web-browsing share. Prior to the launch, iPhone usage share had leveled off, but has since resumed its upward trend."

Apple isn’t only seeing gains in the mobile browser market according to CNET News. Apple's operating system (OS) market share is climbing with the Mac OS growing from 6.58% of the operating system market to 7.86% from October 2007 to August 2008. In the same period Linux grew from 0.5% to 0.93%. Both operating systems have a minuscule percentage of the operating system market next to Microsoft Windows, which held 90.66% of the market in August of 2008. That number is down from 92.49% of the OS market in October 2007.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser is still the most widely used browser on notebook and desktop computers with a market share of 78.36% in October of 2007. That share is declining, however, with 72.5% of the browser market in August 2008.

As Internet Explorer is losing market share, Firefox is growing with a gain from 14.97% in October 2007 to 19.73% in August 2008. Apple's Safari grew from 5.09% to 6.37% over the same period.

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Big deal!
By amanojaku on 9/2/2008 12:24:41 PM , Rating: 4
Safari is the default browser on the phone, creating an Internet Explorer-like dominance in the iPhone world. Even if other browsers become available few users would feel the need to switch unless the thing crashes, performs poorly, renders pages inaccurately or opens a big security hole to the phone or their data.

How many iPhone owners download Safari for their Windows PCs? Not that many, I'll bet.

RE: Big deal!
By FITCamaro on 9/2/08, Rating: -1
RE: Big deal!
By michael2k on 9/2/2008 1:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
How big does it have to grow before it becomes significant? If Apple's goal of 1% happens this year that means it will grow from 0.3% to 1% in the next 6 months; and if it continues growing at this rate it will be 2% by this time next year, etc, etc.

What market share is significant to you?

RE: Big deal!
By Spivonious on 9/2/2008 5:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
What market share is significant to you?

Something over 15%.

RE: Big deal!
By michael2k on 9/2/2008 5:59:29 PM , Rating: 2
So you mean the growth from 0 to 15% is uninteresting?

That would mean we would never hear about Zunes, Cowons, Firefox, Live Search, XBoxes, or any other device or product with minority status.

RE: Big deal!
By JustTom on 9/3/2008 11:15:09 AM , Rating: 2
I think what is more interesting is the steady growth of Mac's in the U.S. market. Safari has near zero penetration in those marketes that Apple does not directly control. The growth of Safari is reflection of the growth of Mac's and iPhones.

I am no enornmous fan of Apple but it does have a good vision and it implements that vision wonderfully.

RE: Big deal!
By JustTom on 9/3/2008 11:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
Oops, I miss read the article. I did not realize it was dealing with mobile browsers and not all browsers...

RE: Big deal!
By Spivonious on 9/3/2008 12:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
Firefox, XBoxes, Live Search all have greater than 10% marketshare, in some cases much more.

I have never heard of Cowons, and the Zune is only purchased by people who don't want to give money to Apple for an iPod.

Safari being the fastest growing mobile browser is worthless news. We all know the iPhone is popular.

RE: Big deal!
By winterspan on 9/2/2008 9:08:58 PM , Rating: 2
Your argument is a straw man. Just because the absolute market-share is very low doesn't mean it isn't having an enormous impact on the market. The problem is you are looking at overall browser share on any type of device instead of just cellphones and mobile devices.

If you look at the iPhone share in that context, you'll see just how significant it really is. A 0.30% share for August 2008 may appear small until you compare it to that of Windows Mobile, which despite having been on the international market for almost a decade and available on smart phones from over a dozen manufacturers, has a paltry 0.06% share.

I think it really goes to show how much better the iPhone's browsing experience is then smartphones running Symbian, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, or Palm.
I would certainly agree. My Treo700w is almost completely worthless for web browsing, outside of checking movie times, news headlines, and other text-only info.

RE: Big deal!
By FITCamaro on 9/2/2008 10:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
In July, the share of the mobile browser market for the iPhone grew to 0.19%

I don't call that an enormous impact on anything.

And I also don't see Microsoft bragging or talking about its mobile IE market share.

RE: Big deal!
By winterspan on 9/6/2008 6:50:08 PM , Rating: 2
Now you are just being ridiculous. We can all agree that the mobile device/smartphone market is set to become the "next big thing" in technology and represent a large part of the future opportunity for internet companies, especially with most of the world coming online solely through a cellphone. It's been almost a decade since the first cellphones and PDAs and Microsoft's Windows CE/Mobile has been battling Palm and RIM's Blackberry.

And you are telling me that a phone that comes along and obtains five times more web browsing marketshare after only a year on the market (and available in only a few countries) has not had an "enormous impact on anything" Are you CRAZY?

RE: Big deal!
By bhieb on 9/2/2008 1:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
Well since Safari is a default download on iTunes. I'd say most users download it on their Windows PC, most people just click next until whatever they are installing completes. Same reason every computer I work on has the google and yahoo toolbars, the sheep just click they cannot be bothered to actually read.

As one comedian said we don't read instructions, hell we don't even ready the little page they put in there because they know we won't read the instructions.

Apple goes Rock
By crystal clear on 9/2/08, Rating: 0
RE: Apple goes Rock
By DASQ on 9/2/2008 1:24:07 PM , Rating: 2
... What does this have to do with Safari market share? Are you just a viral marketer for Apple?

RE: Apple goes Rock
By crystal clear on 9/2/2008 11:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
Whats the big deal about this article about safari market share in the first place.

Who really cares about an insignificant browser-I posted a significant news development about Apple thats all.

Dont throw accusations at the first opportunity you get.

I dont work for anybody- rather work for myself.

I have a successful business of my own & people work for me,

RE: Apple goes Rock
By amanojaku on 9/3/2008 12:51:51 AM , Rating: 2
How is news about new iPods significant ? First of all, we all know there will be new iPods. Second, the article you posted says that no new features have been announced, which flies in the face of your "significant news development." Underground news about the video iPod was "significant." The iPhone was "significant." iPods with larger capacities and lower prices are not "significant."

As for who cares about Safari's market share - apparently everyone who read this article. That includes people who want Safari's market share to decrease, or those laughing at its insignificant market share.

RE: Apple goes Rock
By sxr7171 on 9/3/2008 3:51:41 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe because it is the most popular DAP by an embarassing margin, possibly just a few people might want to know what they will be buying.

RE: Apple goes Rock
By crystal clear on 9/3/2008 4:42:34 AM , Rating: 2
Read the news item carefully before responding-

plans to hold a press conference next week to announce unspecified new products,

I repeat unspecified new products. not necessarily iPODs....who knows what it could be ......maybe a newer version of Mac Air or MIDs or something else.

The rest is speculations thats all.

Apparently everyone (incl me) is interested in the announcemnt of those new products than marketshare blah blah..

RE: Apple goes Rock
By crystal clear on 9/3/2008 5:06:53 AM , Rating: 2
Are you just a viral marketer for Apple?

You should be asking this question NOT to me, but CNET & the author of this article.

Are you so scared you will be voted down ?......anyway these ratings dont earn you a living.

Popularization of Web Standards
By ltcommanderdata on 9/2/2008 2:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
I think the more interesting shift is away from programmers coding sites specifically for Internet Explorer and moving toward web standards. Now admittedly, since IE has the majority of the market they technically are the "standard", but it's worthwhile to have a more open system of deciding how things should progress rather than just what MS decides to do in the next version of IE.

While Safari has made inroads in market share, I think the popularization of it's WebKit base should be tracked. Besides Safari and Mobile Safari, there are other mobile phone browsers that are based on WebKit including Nokia's I believe. Google's new Chrome browser is also built on Apple's WebKit. And I believe Adobe is going to use WebKit for it's Live View preview environment for web site development in Dreamweaver CS4. No doubt with WebKit being supported by Google and Adobe, increased market share and development tools helping to churn out websites that are compatible with Safari and other WebKit browsers will further support Safari's growth. More importantly though, WebKit is supposed to be web standards compliant and with Firefox 3 and now IE8 standards compliant too, hopefully this will avoid many cross-browser compatibility issues.

RE: Popularization of Web Standards
By biggsjm on 9/2/2008 2:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
WebKit is open source. It's not an Apple product.

By ltcommanderdata on 9/2/2008 3:49:45 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't mean to demean other contributors, but I just mention Apple since they are the major developer and given WebKit's use in Safari and Mobile Safari as the primary browser in Apple's products they have a vested interest in it's continued development. Kind of like Darwin.

By michael2k on 9/2/2008 11:39:28 PM , Rating: 2
You mean "WebKit is open source AND it is an Apple product".

KHTML is not an Apple product, but it was the source from which WebKit was derived.

Let me get this straight...
By retrospooty on 9/2/2008 12:27:18 PM , Rating: 2
Millions of new users improves your marketshare? Wow, who'd have thunk it?

By LatinMessiah on 9/4/2008 1:56:35 PM , Rating: 2
And birds go tweet.

Stock pump
By vision33r on 9/3/2008 12:01:50 PM , Rating: 2
This kind of article is part of the larger conspiracy by most media outlets to help pump the Apple stock price. You don't see Microsoft's share price get this kind of pumping while Microsoft still makes more profit than Apple does.

It's this kind of article and other BS articles that keeps pumping into the mainstream.

Oh MacOS grows 0.7% this quarter, whoopie doo.

Safari grows 58% to .19%, LOL, whoopie doo.

RE: Stock pump
By michael2k on 9/3/2008 1:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, AAPL is down $1 today, I don't think you know what you're talking about.

There is no conspiracy, media outlets report on what gets them ad dollars, on what people want to read. Apple has released three new platforms in the last two years (Mac on Intel, iPhone/iPod touch, and AppleTV) which have consumers and readers excited (at least the iPhone, Macs, and iPods do)

You are confusing correlation with causation. Apple's stock is pumped because people like their products and the company, and thus like reading about them. Not because there is a media conspiracy.

And Mac OS growth is actually pretty impressive when you consider they go about 1% a YEAR, and started at 2.4% in 2003.

Anyway, keep up your conspiracy theories I guess if that entertains you.

This is worth an article?
By sxr7171 on 9/3/2008 3:46:50 AM , Rating: 2
Are you f'king kidding me? 0.19% to 0.3%? Are you people F'king serious about this? Only abject stupidity could cause someone to write an article about that.

By Segerstein on 9/3/2008 3:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well, my Nokia N95 8GB gives out Webkit, KHTML & Safari identification.

Pretty much the same as Google Chrome. I guess I also use "Safari" when browsing the web with my N95 8GB :)

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