For the first time, 1366×768 has become the most popular screen resolution worldwide, having overtaken 1024×768. A new screen resolution size was slowly gaining momentum, according to a report published in 2012 by StatCounter, an independent web analytics company.
According to Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter, the data reflects a continuing trend of users moving to larger screen resolution sizes. The screen resolution size people are using is a critical factor for developers when it comes to web design, particularly in the case of fixed width web pages.
1366×768 is the new standard resolution
StatCounter began its tracking of screen resolution in March 2009 as a free service to developers and webmasters. Since that time, screen resolution 1024×768 pixels has been the dominant screen size globally on the web, but over time it has fallen from 41.8% in March 2009 to 18.6% in March 2012. Over the same period 1366×768 has grown from 0.68% to 19.28%. The third most popular size is 1280×800 at 13%.
StatCounter provides free website traffic analysis. This allows web developers to capture screen resolution stats on their own and on their client websites in real time. Other information available includes search terms, download stats, exit links and other data. StatCounter Global Stats data is based on over 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.
Most used screen-resolutions in 2012
# Resolution %
1st 1366×768 19.28%
2nd 1024×768 18.6%
3rd 1280×800 13%
In websites design realms, few design sizes (or rather grids) rule the scene, and those are:
- 300px wide — Suits mobile phones with web browsers
- 748px wide — Better suited for medium sized devices as well as the iPad in portrait mode
- 978px wide — The most popular size for websites and the iPad in landscape mode. (About to lose that position)
- 1218px wide — For standard sized laptops (The next king)
- 1378px wide — For large monitors
(Sizes above were taken from http://www.logic52.com/ – now defunct. RIP)
Update in Dec 2015
The report shown below was generated by W3Counter on 11/30/2015 and is based on visits to 37,012 websites using W3Counter’s free web stats. It still shows the dominance of the 1366×768 screen resolution till the end of 2015.
Update in October 2016
According to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker released end of Sept. 2016, the total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 30 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16). This is up 4.9% year over year and 4.6% quarter over quarter. The tracker found that curved monitors continued to grow, with 1.9% market share in 2Q16.
On the other hand, 21.5-inches wide and 19.5-inches wide monitors continue to dominate the worldwide market, with 22.0% and 12.2% market share respectively in 2Q16. 23.8-inches wide and 31.5-inches wide saw the largest year-over-year growth, posting 100.1% and 76.8%, respectively, in 2Q16.
Finally, monitors with TV tuners are expected to have 5.3% market share in 2Q17, up from 4.8% in 2Q16, led by LG and Samsung.