Browsers and devices used in 2018

What devices are people using on FINN.no? Mobile, tablet or desktop?

Desktop, tablet or mobile phone?

So let’s start by looking at the devices people were using on FINN, regardless of whether they used our native apps or visited www.finn.no with a browser.

Mobile is the most used device on FINN.no, and the trend is climbing. Desktop is falling to 20% while 10% use tablets.
This chart displays the device types used on our web site since 2016. Mobile phones overtook desktop computers early in 2017.

Web or native apps?

Are people still visiting www.finn.no, or do they prefer our fancy native apps when they are using mobile?

This chart shows that iOS and Android apps combined became more popular than our web site for mobile users in 2018.

What kind of phones are people using?

According to the media, Apple is losing ground on the mobile market, but this has yet to be seen in our statistics. To make it easier see longer trends, below are the statistics for the last 3 years.

This chart shows the phone manufacturers who have ruled since 2016. Apple has a stable trend just below 60%, Samsung has a slow decline around 30%, and Huawei climbs from 2% to almost 10%.

Hey, isn’t Apple dropping at the end of that chart?

If you take a close look at the chart above, you may see something that looks like a dramatic drop in Apple’s percentage at the end of 2018. Is this the beginning of the end of the iPhone hegemony? No. A closer look at the data in the new year indicated that this was just a temporary drop. Apple’s percentage for the first week of 2019 was back at a stable 56%.

Android or iOS?

OK, Apple seems to keep their ground. Does this also reflect on the operating systems on phones and tablets?

This shows the operating systems on mobile phones and tablets. Apple iOS has about 60% and Google Android has 40%, but the gap is slowly narrowing.

Do people update their phones?

Short answer: yes! At least for iPhones. For Android it takes a bit longer.

iOS versions

So let’s take a look on iPhones first.

This chart shows that new releases of iOS quickly replace the old ones.

Android versions

So what about Android phones?

This chart shows that it took Android 8 five months to beat the older Android 7.

Browsers on desktop

The browser war is not over, but fortunately there are now fewer developers among the victims. What’s the most popular browser for desktop users nowadays?

Google Chrome have climbed above 50% since 2016, while Microsoft have fallen from above 30% to near 20% in the same period.

How about Internet Explorer?

Still having nightmares about supporting older versions of Internet Explorer? Things are changing slowly in Microsoft’s desktop universe, but they are changing.

Internet Explorer 11 had a steady decline from 64% to 52% during 2018. The dramatic drop at the end of the graph recovered after new year. Newer versions of Microsoft Edge relieve each other at 30–40%.

What about mobile browsers?

For iPhones, I don’t even bother to show a graph. That is Safari all over. Google Chrome has only 1.5% of the visits.

Android browsers

The graphs for browsers on Android phones however, are a lot more fun.

This rather confusing graph shows that the Android browser has 50% of the visits, various versions of Chrome have 30%, while Samsung browsers have about 10%.

Summary

People use their mobiles more than they use desktop computers. Chrome rules the desktop universe while Microsoft’s web browsers are still loosing ground, but Internet Explorer 11 will still be around for the next couple of centuries. Apple keep their mobile hegemony, but shouldn’t feel too comfortable. And finally, mobile users are now using our native apps rather than using our web site.

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