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I am doing research on mobile web design for an upcoming project and part of what I need to find is the marketshare of mobile browsers so we can determine which ones we will support. I have found statistics of mobile browser marketshare but I now need to clarify exactly what I am seeing.

I see statistics for "Android Browser 4.0" and I assume it is the stock browser for Android 4.x devices. But if that were true I would expect to see statistics for an "Android Browser 2.0" or "Android Browser 3.0" in the statistics but I do not. I can't imagine that all Android 2.x users don't surf the Internet or use non-default browsers so it appears that my assumption is incorrect.

So what is the name/version number of the stock browser in Android 2.3 (or all 2.x) devices?

  • Did you see this? The name of the default android browser – ale Feb 13 '14 at 15:27
  • I guess what I should say is, "What is the version number"? I'll clarify my question now. – John Conde Feb 13 '14 at 15:30
  • Do you have one? whatsmyuseragent.com might be helpful. (My Galaxy Nexus reports "Android/4.2.2", which matches the current version of my OS.) – ale Feb 13 '14 at 15:35
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Please see this link on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history

See usage share wikipedia reference, obtaining user agent and application is not straight forward.

  • Many Android browsers identify themselves as Safari on iOS (among other things) in order to aid compatibility
  • Many Linux Browsers identify themselves as Safari on Mac OS X (among other things) in order to aid compatibility

When I use Dolphin my user agent does not show anything resembling Gingerbread 2.3.4 or my browser. The following is by default though I can change my user agent that's part of using a browser.

Dolphin showing as a mobile device:
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.4; en-us; A1_07 Build/GRJ22) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

Dolphin with user agent as desktop:
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10_6_3; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0 Safari/533.1

For the default Android browser on my tablet:
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.4; en-us; A1_07 Build/GRJ22) AppleWebKit/533.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/533.1

And for Firefox
User Agent: on my tablet
Mozilla/5.0 (Android; Mobile; rv:31.0) Gecko/31.0 Firefox/31.0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browser_sniffing

To go much beyond general user oriented information/interest, you would have find out more from developers.

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