The advent of 3G mobiles has brought browsing to phone users. Browsing through mobile phones has since been on the rise. Lets explore mobile usage for browsing in the past 5 years, through numbers. In 2007, when this technology was made available, the usage accounted to only 0.2% of the mobile phone users.
Then it increased marginally to 0.5% and 0.8% over the next two years. But in the past 2 years, that is, 2010 and 2011, the number of users has grown exponentially to 2.5% and 7% respectively. The progression is almost geometric.
The browser community has also seen a major shift in the market share in terms of its users. In 2007, Internet Explorer had a lion's share of the mobile user community with a whooping 65% to its kitty. In the following years its share has fallen by a drastic 40%.
Meanwhile this share has been grabbed by the newest browsers such as Safari and Chrome. Today, Google Chrome has amassed 32% share of the global market.
In short, Explorer's huge loss can be blamed on Chrome's gain.