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Mobile Browser Usage in Q1 2015

In June 2012, Akamai launched the Akamai Internet Observatory (IO) destination site that highlights browser usage across desktop and other connected devices. The data presented in the full Q1 2015 State of the Internet ReporBe and this blog post are derived from the Akamai IO site.


Previous reports focused solely on Android Webkit and Apple's Mobile Safari, with all other browsers bundled into the "Others" category. But, beginning with the Fourth Quarter, 2014 State of the Internet Report, Google's Chrome browser was broken out from the Others category. As such, when comparing Android and iOS platforms, Chrome and Android Webkit browser traffic are combined to derive a total Android platform number. As older versions of Android are retired, it's safe to assume that Chrome browser traffic will overtake Android Webkit.

Cellular Connections

As noted in the full report, due to a data processing issue beginning around February 12th, we only consider data collected from January 1st through February 11th in this overview.

At the onset of the first quarter, Mobile Safari led Android Webkit by roughly 14 percentage points, while Webkit's lead over Chrome diminished to about 8 percentage points (down from 18.5 percentage points last quarter). From these short term observations, Mobile Safari lost some ground to Chrome, while Webkit remained fairly consistent. At the end of the data collection cycle (February 11th), Mobile Safari's lead over Android Webkit dipped to 9 percentage points. On the other hand, Webkit's margin over Chrome remained consistent at roughly 8 percentage points.

Across platforms, Android maintained a 9 point lead over iOS at the end of the data collection cycle on February 11th. When averaged between January 1st and February 11th, 36% of requests came from iOS devices, while 39% came from Android devices. This gap widened by less than 2 percentage points when compared to the previous quarter.


All Network Connections

After expanding the data to all networks--not just those defined as cellular--we see a much wider gap emerge between Mobile Safari and Android Webkit. At the beginning of the first quarter, Mobile Safari usage was roughly 25 percentage points higher than Android Webkit, and ended similarly. The gap between Android Webkit and Chrome Mobile began at 10%, but closed at a mere 4% difference.

When we look at the platforms holistically, iOS began with an 11 percentage point lead over Android that narrowed to roughly 7 percentage points by the end of the quarter. Averaged across the entire first quarter, iOS accounted for about 47% of requests, while Android accounted for roughly 42%.

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More Information

For the full report and more on mobile connectivity across the world, check out the full Q1 2015 State of the Internet Report.