More stats on OS and browser share

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At the begin­ning of May I wrote an arti­cle with some stats on OS and brows­er share and, per­haps labour­ing under the mis­ap­pre­hen­sion that some peo­ple found it inter­est­ing, have decid­ed to revis­it those stats after rough­ly three months have passed.

The fig­ures are tak­en from the peri­od 27th April to 27th July, and are the mean aver­age of two dif­fer­ent sites I man­age. For more details on audi­ence and traf­fic I refer you back to the pre­vi­ous article.

Selected stats

Since the pre­vi­ous post in this series, Google Ana­lyt­ics have intro­duced a new split in the device cat­e­gories, with tablet now appear­ing along­side mobile and desk­top. In my range desk­top still dom­i­nates with 62.7 per­cent of vis­its; mobile is in sec­ond place with 27.5 per­cent, and tablets account for 9.9. Of those mobile and tablet devices, iOS is clear­ly dom­i­nant with 59.4 per­cent of vis­its to Android’s 24.3.

Pie charts showing Mobile/non-mobile visitors and popular mobile OS

A new stat this time is the split of browsers used on Android; the stock brows­er con­tin­ues to be used on 62.3 per­cent of devices, with Chrome tak­ing 25.1 percent.

Win­dows is leader of over­all oper­at­ing sys­tems, used on 40.7 per­cent of all devices; but iOS now has over half of Win­dows’ share, 21.5 per­cent, close­ly fol­lowed by OSX with 20.5. Android is a dis­tant fourth, used by 8.9 per­cent of visitors.

OS share and Android browser share charts

Safari con­tin­ues to be the most used brows­er across all devices, account­ing for 33.3 per­cent of visitors.

Most pop­u­lar browser
Brows¬≠er % of total
Safari 33.3
Chrome 22.9
IE 17.2
Fire­fox 10.4
Android (stock) 5.5

Look­ing into IE more deeply, while IE8 con­tin­ues to lead there’s been a huge jump in num­bers for IE10, up to 27.3 per­cent from 6 last time, with most of that com­ing at the expense of IE9. Cer­tain­ly for the sites in these ana­lyt­ics, IE6 and IE7 have become most­ly irrel­e­vant, account­ing for just 1.1 per­cent of total vis­its. I’ve added an extra chart show­ing IE ver­sion changes at the end of this article.

Inter­net Explor­er versions
IE version % of IE share % of all browsers
IE8 37 6.3
IE9 29.3 5
IE10 27.3 4.7
IE7 5.7 1
IE6 0.8 0.1

Extra stats

In the past few weeks I cre¬≠at¬≠ed some extra charts show¬≠ing a few points of inter¬≠est. These are tak¬≠en from the data of only one site (Site A, the most busy) so should¬≠n‚Äôt be con¬≠sid¬≠ered nec¬≠es¬≠sar¬≠i¬≠ly typ¬≠i¬≠cal. The first shows the change in mobile and tablet ver¬≠sus desk¬≠top devices since 2009.

Mobile/tablet vs desktop

The next cov­ers the rate of change in ver­sions of IE through­out 2013 (click to see it ani­mat­ed), of which the most notable is the huge growth of IE10 from 2.3 per­cent to 28.6.


IE’s over­all mar­ket share is declin­ing, as shown in this chart of brows­er share from Jun 2010 to Jun 2013. Chrome (desk­top) and Safari iOS are the big win­ners, while Fire­fox, like IE, is in long-term decline.


The final chart shows the rate at which a new release of Fire­fox replaces the pre­vi­ous (22 and 21, respec­tive­ly, in this chart). The change starts after around a week; after ten days the new ver­sion over­takes the pre­vi­ous; and after 13 days, the replace­ment is almost total.



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