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StatCounter Global Stats for the Philippines

Been using StatCounter for the longest time now and they just opened a new section for Global Stats that I thought were pretty interesting. The graphs below indicate the trends of internet users in the Philippines.

First up is browser usage and it’s surprising that according to their data Firefox has become the leading browser and the chart indicates it crossed the line sometime in August 2008 (Firefox 3 Download Day was in June).


Not sure why Windows Media Player is included in the browser but that could have been counted under IE too. Then again, a webpage is launched whenever you fire up Windows Media Player.

browser usage firefox

As for Search Engine Usage, Google took the bigger share of the pie at 63% while Yahoo! is at 34% (Microsoft took 2% and Ask 1%). No surprise there but if you compare that to the worldwide stats, Google is way ahead at 90% against Yahoo’s 5.75%.

search engines philippines

Lastly, Mobile OS — SymbianOS still dominates the space with an average usage of 72% followed by the iPhone OS at 15%.

mobile os philippines

The graph shows a trend that share of Symbian OS is still growing compared to iPhone OS (that’s thousands of iPhone users against millions of Nokia owners in the country).

* Stats are based on aggregate data collected by StatCounter on a sample exceeding 4 billion pageviews per month collected from across the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites. Stats are updated and made available every 4 hours, however are subject to quality assurance testing and revision for 7 days from publication.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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18 Responses

  1. Jhay says:

    I think Media Player was counted because most of PCs, especially neighborhood internet cafes in the country has Media Player as the default media player, and once this fired up, it goes online to connect to online stores.

    Of course, I could be wrong. ;)

  2. andre says:

    so, have local banks started to support non-IE browsers already? two years ago when I still lived in the PH all banks supported only IE. this updated stat should make them reconsider that.

  3. yuga says:

    @andre – BPI and BDO are now okay with FF. Only Metrobank has been stuck with IE.

  4. Gen Kanai says:

    Abe, great post.

    Is there any other service that is tracking browser share in the Philippines that you know of? In the US we use NetRatings, in the EU we use XitiMonitor, in Thailand- truehits.net, etc. If you know of any local statistics from Filipino sites looking at browser share, that’d be interesting to compare to this data set.

  5. BrianB says:

    Very interesting. Shows how powerful fads are in this country.

  6. Lysender says:

    That is a very good news indeed. But I wonder if this is because Filipinos are aware of Firefox or simply because internet cafe installed Firefox as default browser.

    I still see a lot using IE, especially for non-tech people.

  7. SELaplana says:

    I wonder if Media Player really uses the IE in its online browsing. Since it is included on the browser category, so i think, the globalstat found it as different browser.

  8. Eizan says:

    A little typo there, it should be Firefox 3, not Firefox 2. :)

    Besides that, thanks for sharing.

  9. Andrew says:

    It’s a good thing that open source browsers such as FF, chrome and opera are becoming more popular because it pushes Microsoft’s IE to the limit. Honestly, these open source browsers are far better than IE but since in every brand new PC IE is default people tends to stick with it. I think it’s better if other browsers will be included on every brand new PC.

  10. Mikko says:


    Hindi ko napansin ang new feature na yan. Nabasa ko lang sa announcements sa taas ng StatCounter.

  11. orak says:

    yo yuga!

    I think it’s time to upgrade your a web analytics. I would recommend the services of Clicky:


    Clicky is a Web Analytics service that provides real time stats monitoring and tracking along with a ton of useful features and a pretty decent interface. There are some tweaks I’d like to see to the look when monitoring multiple sites under one account, but other than that, after a few days of use, I’m pleasantly surprised with the speed and features of the service.

  12. Thanks for the info :)

  13. Ed says:

    count me under Mac OS X and Safari. i AM the minority!… btw – safari 4 beta is great! and im surprised more people arent on to google chrome… i use it when i boot windows on my mac and its the most lightweight browser out there – albeit, ugly as hell.. and windows media player?! might as well use real player haha

  14. Ed says:

    @jhay good point with the WMP loading by default.. altho, the stats suggest that once its fired up, they are using it to access yugatech.. and no offense to anyone that uses wmp, but i would think the demographic of yuga’s readers would be a lil more tech savy and less inclined to use WMP by default — obviously i am wrong here haha

    @andre i use safari, firefox, and chrome for my bpi access and it works fine

  15. yuga says:

    @Gen – don’t know of any other local study/survey this focused. I’m sure you have internal stats as well.

    @eizan – saw that earlier but forgot to edit. thanks for reminding.

    @orak, I use 3 or 4 kinds of analytics tools all at the same time.

    @ed – figures are for entire Philippine users, not YugaTech.

  16. I use Google Chrome since it provides a bigger viewing screen for my msi wind. Think its nice for netbook in terms of browsing. Downloading and streaming are other issues. It sucks in those fields.

  17. joey says:

    I think more and more Filipino people are now aware that using IE browser invites more malware virus into there PC when used to an unknown website and by using Firefox or chrome they are confident they are safe from malware and i know Firefox is much stable browser.

  18. joey says:

    most of the time I use VLC player for playing videos on my Windows I don’t use MS Media player I often use VLC player because it has plenty of codec to play different kind of videos encoded in high compression codec

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