Saturday, 25 June 2011

Blackberry PlayBook ID + Are WebKit Browsers Giving Appel Safari an Overstated Market Share?

Yeasterday I popped into a local computer store to have a play with the Blackberry PlayBook. I dis not spend enough time to write a worthwhile review, but by visiting this site I found that very few stats trackers correctly identify the PlayBook (listed Browser / OS):

Correctly Identified:

W3 - Blackberry PlayBook Tablet 1.0 / RIM Tablet

ExTreame Tracking - Blackberry PlayBook / Blackberry PlayBook

Near Miss:

Statcounter: Blackbery / Blackberry OS

ID As Apple Safari:

Shiny Stats - Safari / Various

Onestat - Safari / Macintosh

24Log - Safari / Other

SiteMeter - Safari 1.3 / Macintosh unknown

GoStats - Safari / Unknown


BraveNet - BeOS / BeOS

From the above it is clear that few correctly identify the BlackBerry PlayBook, and most credit the WebKit Browser as being an Apple Safari browser. Surly, this causes Apples browser (and to a lesser expent Apples OS) to be regarded as more popular than it actually is?

PS Will be nice when BeOS actually does start making plenty of hits again!!

For the record the browser string was:

Mozilla/5.0 (PlayBook; U; RIM Tablet OS 1.0.0; en-US) AppleWebKit/534.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/0.0.1 Safari/534.8


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