Mobile browser war – Chrome vs Safari

Akamai has released its Q3 2016 State of the Internet report, which shows 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.

In the third quarter of 2016, Chrome Mobile retained its position as the leading mobile browser – widening its lead slightly.

Mobile Safari requests comprised approximately 32% of requests over cellular connections at the beginning of the quarter, trailing Chrome Mobile by 12.5 percentage points.

Chrome also held a 30-point lead over Android Webkit. Over the quarter, Safari gained one percentage point, while Chrome gained more than four and Webkit lost four.

At the end of the quarter, Chrome was beating Safari by approximately 15.5 percentage points and besting Webkit by nearly 39 percentage points.

In comparing iOS versus Android, Android started with a lead of nearly 27 points over iOS in the third quarter.

That lead narrowed slightly, to under 26 points, by the end of the quarter.

Overall, iOS comprised approximately 31% of requests in the third quarter, while Android was responsible for 59%.

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