iPhone Mobile Browser Ranks First in US, Second in UK

iPhone is the number two Internet mobile browser in the UK and number one in the US, according to StatCounter, which provides organisations and individuals with a free website visitor statistics tool. On the mobile browsing front, iPhone took 0.06% of the total Internet browser market in the UK in March, behind Nokia which had 0.15%, according to StatCounter which tracks in excess of nine billion pageloads per month over its network of two million websites.

iPhone already has three times the Internet browser market share of BlackBerry (0.02%) in the UK. SonyEricsson has 0.01% of the UK market according to StatCounter research. iPhone and iTouch combined took 0.9% of the UK market in March to date.

In the US iPhone’s market share of Internet browsing at 0.18% is significantly ahead of Nokia which came in at 0.01%.

“It would appear that iPhone is more than living up to its claims of being a user friendly Internet browser, unlike many other mobile phones,” commented Aodhan Cullen, founder and CEO of StatCounter.

Globally the StatCounter analysis shows that Nokia is still well ahead in the mobile Internet browser market with 0.25% in March to date. iPhone is number two with 0.06% (0.08% if iTouch is included), ahead of BlackBerry with 0.01%.

The StatCounter analysis finds that Microsoft Internet Explorer still leads the browser market overall with 53% in the UK. But it is facing real competition from open source based Firefox which has 35% of the UK market. In the US the battle is neck and neck with Internet Explorer holding 44.5% and Firefox 43.9% in March.

The StatCounter analysis was based on a sample of 371 million page views globally from December 07 to March 08, including 71 million page views in the US and 14 million in the UK.