It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so here we go: some detailed platform and browser statistics for OSNews. They’re collected using Google Analytics, between 12 April and 12 May. As always, these statistics are only relevant for OSNews, and can, in no way, be extrapolated to any other site.
Windows is still king, with Linux as a solid second, followed by OS X in third. Android is only slightly ahead of iOS, but even when combined, the post-PC world cannot beat the third most popular PC platform. Also of note: Windows Phone barely even registers – in fact, FreeBSD is almost three times as popular as Windows Phone, and even Solaris is just as popular as WP – and we have one person browsing OSNews on a Series 40 device (rock on!). Chrome OS isn’t really very popular among OSNews readers either.
Moving on to the browser statistics, Firefox and Chrome keep each other in balance, with Safari a distant third. Internet Explorer is close to irrelevant, as is the Android Browser (the AOSP one; Chrome for Android is added to Chrome). Interestingly enough, the Origyn Web Browser registers (barely, but still) – which is popular mostly among AmigaOS, AROS, and MorphOS users. As a final note, Sailfish OS might possibly register as Maemo; I’m not sure.
It’s always interesting to look at these statistics, as it gives us an insight into what kind of stuff you men and women are using. I’m happy to see that you are still a varied bunch.
Can anybody who uses Safari explain why it is superior to Firefox/Chrome?