updated 11:20 pm EDT, Tue June 2, 2009
Opera beats Safari mobile
The Opera mobile browser has surpassed Apple's iPhone browser as the most popular mobile browser internationally, according to numbers collected by the analysis company StatCounter. The two browsers have battled for the lead position over the past six months, with Opera generally losing against mobile Safari from February through April. Sometime in May, however, a spike in Opera usage put the browser up to 24.6 percent while the iPhone fell slightly to 17.9 percent.
In the United States, the iPhone and iPod touch still hold dominant positions with BlackBerry falling in third place. Opera, however, accounts for less than three percent of browser usage, slightly below the PSP.
"Opera began the year in number one slot but iPhone overtook it in February. May saw Opera regain the number one position," said StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. "It will be fascinating to watch how this battle plays out over the year."