Robot, Android’s native browser has become the most popular mobile web browser, overtaking Opera’s mobile browser, as revealed by StatCounter’s data.
StatCounter’s mobile browser stats for the period Feb 2011 to Feb 2012 shows that both Robot and Safari, the iPhone’s native browser, are growing in terms of popularity. However, the Android browser saw an impressive growth, overtaking both Nokia’s browser and Safari in May 2011, and most recently overtaking Opera as well.
The stats reveal that as of February 2012, Robot had 22.67% market share, followed by Opera with 21.7% and Safari with 21.06% share, while the offerings for Nokia and Blackberry are in fourth and fifth place, with 11.24% and 6.53% share, respectively.
The impending release of Windows Phone’s IE and Google’s recently launched mobile Chrome, however, may present a different scenario in a year’s time. It would be interesting to see if the Android browser can persevere and retain pole position then.