Mobile browser war: Apple vs Android

Akamai recently released its Q2 2016 State of the Internet report, which showed that Android browsers dominate mobile Internet requests globally.

The Akamai report draws on data from Akamai IO, which collects information on browser usage across PC and mobile devices connected via fixed and mobile networks.

In the second quarter of 2016, Chrome Mobile retained its position as the leading browser – although it gained little ground.

Mobile Safari requests comprised approximately 32% of requests over cellular at the beginning of the quarter, trailing Chrome Mobile by approximately 11 percentage points.

Chrome also held a 26-point lead over Android Webkit. Over the quarter, Safari gained half a percentage point, Chrome gained one and a half, and Webkit lost three.

Android Webkit and Chrome Mobile (the two primary Android browser bases) together accounted for approximately 59% of requests.


All Networks

Expanding to all networks (not just cellular), Mobile Safari commanded more share than Chrome – but its lead continued to narrow.

At the start of the quarter, Mobile Safari usage was 5 percentage points higher than Chrome Mobile, but the gap narrowed to half of that by the end of the quarter.

For traffic from mobile devices across all networks, Mobile Safari was responsible for about 39% of requests, while Android Webkit and Chrome Mobile made up nearly 52% of requests.


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Mobile browser war: Apple vs Android