Google Chrome Surpasses Mozilla Firefox In Global Browser Market

Chrome has moved past Firefox to become the world’s second-most popular Web browser after Internet Explorer, according to StatCounter.

The Google Chrome browser has seen quick adoption, due to its opponents in the space. Chrome was launched in 2008, much later than its rivals Firefox (2004), Apple's Safari (2003) and Internet Explorer (1995). Photo: ntr23/ Flickr

The Irish research firm’s Global Stats showed that Chrome overtook Firefox in November and became the world’s second-favorite web browser. At the beginning of 2011, only 10.9 percent of Web users were using Chrome.

So, the company has counted that Chrome’s market share came up to 25.69 per cent in November, while Firefox got only 25.23 per cent. However, Internet Explorer is still on the top of the list having 40.63 per cent of web users.

“We can look forward to a fascinating battle between Microsoft and Google as the pace of growth of Chrome suggests that it will become a real rival to Internet Explorer globally,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter.

“Our stats measure actual browser usage, not downloads, so while Chrome has been highly effective in ensuring downloads our stats show that people are actually using it to access the web also.”

However, as far as the USA is concerned, Google Chrome is at the No. 3 spot having 17.3 percent of the nationwide market share, a 6.4 percent rise from last November.

By the way, Internet Explorer again holds the top spot there too, with 50.7 percent share, up 0.4 percent from last year. Firefox is still the second favorite browser among the U.S. users, representing 20.1 percent of the market.

Nevertheless, in South America Chrome is already the top –star browser, owning over 40 per cent of the market, after it took share from IE in the last quarter of this year.

The last one suffered from not being available on smartphones or tablets, with its share dipping about 50 percent for the first time in November.

At the same time, Safari browser picked up a lot of the slack, getting 62.2 percent of mobile traffic thanks to its status as the default browser for the iPhone and iPad. Chrome would get plenty of benefits if it were ported to Google’s Android devices.

Google now owns about 91 percent of the global search engine market, when Microsoft’s Bing possesses less than four percent. Google, based in Mountain View, Calif., is also under investigation by the Justice Department and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission because of its scope.

Microsoft, in its turn, based in Redmond, Wash., exited oversight by a U.S. District Court in May after 10 years due to prior unfair practices.

Google’s browser Chrome is praised for its high speed and its extension shop. After having undergone a scandal when it did not sign a “Do Not Track” pledge in July 2011, Google and its browser have sailed smoothly along, pushing out updates and apparently picking up users in the process.

By the way, the Google’s browser has more than 200 million users today. As for Firefox, the browser has about 450 million global users, according to a report published by the Mozilla Foundation in Mountain View., Calif.

“The shorter development cycles for Firefox may be attractive to individual users but in the enterprise  space it usually takes a while for corporations to accept and implement software  changes,” said Net Applications Vice President Vincent Vizzaccaro. [Via Huff Post, NewsFactor and International Business Times]

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