Net Applications reports an increase in market share for both Opera Mini and Opera (desktop) in December 2009. What's odd is that Opera for desktop is reported as having a market share of 2.40%, while Opera Mini has a mere 0.53%. …
You may recall that the desktop version was reported as having 45 million users early in December 2009, while Opera Mini had nearly 42 million users in November 2009. Presumably, that number grew somewhat in December, and I wouldn't be surprised if Opera Mini has closed the gap to the desktop version even more.
With these numbers in mind it's quite odd that the desktop version has a reported global market share which is several times higher than that of Opera Mini.
This is far from the first case of market share oddity. Around the time we reported 45 million users for the desktop version late last year, Google announced that Chrome had reached 40 million users. Despite Opera's higher number of users, Net Applications reported Chrome has having a market share which was nearly twice as high as Opera's.
There must be something really odd about the way Net Applications, StatCounter and other statistics providers are handling browser statistics.
It's too bad that people are using such flawed statistics as a basis for browser related decisions.