Browser usage so far in 2012

Continuing the series on browser stats from, here’s the first  installment for 2012. I’ll do this more or less quarterly this year, as a few month’s worth of data makes trends more visible, and we’re seeing some definite trends emerge.

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  • these stats are rounded from Google Analytics for the site
  • all volumes in charts are percentages
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Versions of Internet Explorer (% visits)

IE9 has roared ahead of IE7, and IE8 has dropped for the first time in almost a year.


Internet Explorer’s decline has stopped and share remains stable at about 60%. The interesting part of this chart is the battle between Firefox and Chrome. Chrome’s growth has placed it next to Firefox in the popularity stakes.

Operating systems

Windows is predictably popular.

Versions of Windows

7’s rate of gain on XP has eased for the time being.

Mobile devices visiting the full

iOS again dominates with 80% of the share. There’s a general trend toward an increase in Android, but it’s not getting the share of the market that I anticipated it would 12 months ago.

Mobile devices visiting

The mobile site is currently only lightly used, in the last 30 days we had just over 3000 visitors. The low sample size is therefore prone to seemingly random changes which are evident from the chart. iPod and iPad again swap rank, and we see quite large shifts in iOS and Android from month to month.

In December we began to see Windows Phone appear on the chart, and while we can’t draw too many conclusions from this small sample size it looks apparent that Windows Phone well and truly has a foot in the door.

Let us know if you’d like us to provide other information, and as always, we welcome your feedback.

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3 Responses to Browser usage so far in 2012

  1. Nick says:

    any more recent updates on Browser usage?

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