Google Chrome Becomes World’s Most Popular Web Browser


Google Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer to become the world’s most popular web browser for a full week for the first time in its history.

The Chrome browser enjoyed a weeklong surge in use between May 14 and 20, according toStatCounter.

Asia and South America contributed heavily to Chrome’s traffic boom, with Internet Explorer and Firefox remaining North America and Europe’s dominant web browsers.

In India, Chrome held an 8 percent lead over Firefox, the country’s second most popular browser.

Chrome briefly surpassed Internet Explorer for weekend usage in the past, but the new surge is the first time it has taken the world’s top spot for a full week.

Chrome overtook IE in early May and unlike previous occasions, has yet to cede top spot back to Microsoft’s browser, StatCounter reported.

StatCounter’s findings are based on analysis of 3 million websites, with the company analyzing 15 billion page views each month.



Google Chrome Loses Market Share to Internet Explorer


In our latest installment of the browser wars, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has started to regain its share of the browser market at the expense of rival browsers, particularly Mozilla’s Firefox andGoogle Chrome.

IE has made a comeback this year, increasing its market share by 2 percent from December 2011 to March 2012 to 53.83 percent, according to the data from Net Applications. This follows a period of decreasing popularity between May and December last year for the browser, during which it lost more than 5 percent of its users.

Firefox usage has generally declined since May 2011 to this March, falling roughly 2 percent to 20.55 percent of the market.

Meanwhile, Google Chrome increased its user base between May and December last year by nearly 6 percent, but in recent months it has been losing users. Chrome now sits at 18.57 percent of the market.

Apple’s Safari browser had slowly increased its market share since May last year to as high as 5.24 percent, although it appeared to take a popularity hit in December and January and has now fallen to 5.07 percent in March.

While the figures are good news for Microsoft, the firm is still under threat in the market withChrome passing IE usage on a single day during March, for the first time in its history, according to StatCounter.

The company’s research showed that the spike was largely due to heavy usage in India, Russia, and Brazil, indicating a wider trend of increased Chrome usage over weekends. The phenomenon was taken by analysts as a sign that consumers commonly use IE for work purposes during the week and Chrome for home browsing.


Chrome Now 20% of Global Market


According to StatCounter, an online analytics company, Google has a lot to smile about. Their Chrome browser is seeing massive growth in the global market.

For the first time in StatCounter statistics, Chrome has exceeded 20% of the market share, taking 20.7% in June. This is up from only 2.8% in June 2009.

It also looks like Chrome’s success is at Internet Explorer and Firefox’s detriment. In the same period, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer fell from 59% use globally to 44%. Firefox dropped just a little bit from 30% to 28%. These three browsers remain the big players as both Safari and Opera barely even register when it comes to global use.

While Chrome is growing respectably worldwide, it is really performing well in certain areas. In South America, it has officially overtaken Firefox. In the United Kingdom, the two are in a dead heat.

In the United States, Chrome has risen to account for 16% of browser use, with Internet Explorer still holding a commanding lead with 46.5%. Though I.E. has been on a steady decline for the past couple of years, it still is the most used browser by far as this graph shows.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

As you can see, I.E. continues to slide but still reigns as king of the browsers. Firefox use has stayed quite steady over the past 2 years, dipping ever so slightly recently. Chrome is the only one that appears to be on a solid upswing.

“It is a superb achievement by Google to go from under 3% two years ago to over 20% today,” said Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “While Google has been highly effective in getting Chrome downloaded the real test is actual browser usage which our stats measure.”

While these numbers seem wonderful for Google, browser stats are not the most consistent stats if you ask around. As GigoOm points out, other research has put Chrome’s share at only 12.5% in May.

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