Google Chrome has eclipsed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer in the long battle of the browsers, according to Adobe Digital Report (ADI) data.
The report shows that the Google’s product has made up 31.8% of all browser usage on the web, while its rival Internet Explorer holds 30.9% — a small but significant margin. This is the first time ever that Google surpassed Microsoft in terms of browser popularity for overall mobile and desktop software.
However, it gets even more interesting in the individual breakdowns of mobile and desktop browsers.
“While Chrome rules the roost in terms of mobile shares (14.3%), Internet Explorer is still dominating desktops with 13% ahead of Google. The disparity between the two platforms can be largely traced back to both Microsoft’s grip on traditional computers and Google’s consistent interface across multiple mobile devices,” Mashable reports.
“Internet Explorer leverages its Windows OS dominance to gain share as the default Web browser for the majority of people online,” ADI analyst Tyler White told the media. “Today mobile OS is more important, giving Google and Apple a leg up with default status on Android and iOS.”
The title of the third most widely used browser in the U.S. went to Mozilla Firefox, which has dipped almost 12% over the past two years because of its virtual absence from the mobile market.
Meanwhile, the Internet searching giant is seeking some development in other spheres of its activity. Thus, two weeks ago Google unveiled cars that can travel without a driver.
Google finally unveiled on Tuesday a fully autonomous self-driving vehicle, built from the ground up by Google and its partners.
Company co-founder Sergey Brin announced his far-going plans at Recode’s Code Conference in southern California.
Bring said to Recode editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (who have tried to ride a driverless car), that there’s a safety benefit in a custom-built self-driving car.
As the self-driving vehicle doesn’t have a steering wheel, accelerator or brakes, it has significant amount of sensors in strategic spots than is possible in a regular vehicle. The car is also equipped with a big “stop” button. Which is more, the novelty includes internal power steering and power brakes.
“It was inspiring to start with a blank sheet of paper and ask, ‘What should be different about this kind of vehicle?’” Chris Urmson, director of the Self-Driving Car Project, wrote in a blog post about the new car.
“We started with the most important thing: safety. They have sensors that remove blind spots, and they can detect objects out to a distance of more than two football fields in all directions, which is especially helpful on busy streets with lots of intersections.”
He went on, adding: “And we’ve capped the speed of these first vehicles at 25 mph. On the inside, we’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so we’re light on creature comforts, but we’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route—and that’s about it.”
As for when the self-driving vehicles — which are significantly smaller than traditional cars and include couch-like seating — might acually appear on roads, Brin announced that Google will soon test them with drivers.
“Within a couple of years, we’ll — if we’ve passed the safety metrics we’ve put in place, which is to be significantly safer than a human driver … have them on the road,” he promised.