According to the latest figures, Norwegian software company Opera Software ASA still leads the race with its Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers at 22 percent market share, followed by Google’s Android browser with a very close 20 percent share, which, as expected, will clinch the top spot really soon, especially with Android smartphones selling like hotcakes.
The mobile browser market share registered by the default browser of Android OS helped it to leapfrog the Safari browser for iPhones and the iPod Touch, whereas, Finnish tech giant Nokia landed third at 17 percent share. (Note: The Apple iPad tablet does not conform to StatCounter’s definition of a mobile device.)
With the overwhelming turnout of recent events: Google’s Motorola Mobility acquisition, imminent arrival of the Apple iPhone 5, and the Nokia-Microsoft partnership, it would be safe to assume that drastic changes are about to happen and shake the mobile industry.
Above all things is the dominance of WebKit among mobile browsers, with Android, Nokia and Safari for iOS using the layout engine, leading to a 58 percent share in the mobile browser market.
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