In remarks delivered on April 13, Wei Dong, VP of Chinese third-party mobile browser developer UC Mobile, accused Chinese market research firm Analysys of manipulating statistics.
On April 10, internet and mobile services firm Tencent (0700.HK) invited media outlets to a demonstration of the new version of its QQ mobile browser for the Android platform in Beijing. At the same event, analysts from Analysys announced the company's 2012 Annual China Mobile Browser Market Report, which stated that as of Q4 2011, Tencent's QQ Mobile browser, UC Mobile's UCWeb browser, and stock OS web browsers accounted for 39.9%, 39.0%, and 11.4% of active users in China's third-party mobile web browser market.
Wei cited Analysys' "2011 Survey of Chinese Mobile Browser Users," released in September 2011, which found that the QQ Mobile browser had a 1.1 percentage point advantage over UCWeb (with 37.6% of the market as opposed to UCWeb's 36.5%). Meanwhile, Wei said, the new report's growth chart shows a larger discrepancy between the two browsers during Q3 of 2011, with QQ Mobile only surpassing UCWeb's market share in Q4 2011. Wei said that the figures presented in the two Analysys reports were clearly contradictory.
The Q1 2012 China Mobile Browser Market Quarterly Report, by third-party market research firm iiMedia Research, found that UCWeb led the third-party browser market with a 49.5% share during Q1 2012, while QQ Mobile lagged far behind at 29.7%, followed by Maxthon (5.3%), Opera (4.9%), and Dolphin Browser (3.0%). The report found that 81.2% of Chinese mobile internet users made use of mobile web browsers, 55.9% of whom - 218 mln users - use third-party browsers.