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Chrome appears to be slowly picking up steam

Like many Google products -- Android included -- Google's Chrome took a bit to catch on.  Now, however, it's arguably one of the fastest browser available, and one of the more secure browsers.

Market researchers at StatCounter have announced that the browser just kicked Safari to fourth place in America.  Chrome now holds 8.97 percent of the U.S. market, while Safari holds 8.8 percent.  Both browsers still trail far behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer (52 percent) and Mozilla's Firefox (28.5 percent).

On the global market Chrome is faring even better.  It holds 9.4 percent of the market, versus 4 percent for Safari.  Globally Firefox holds 31 percent and IE holds 53 percent.

To compile these percentages StatCounter leveraged its network of over three million websites.  It logged 3.6 billion page views (874 million from the U.S.) for the week of June 21 to 27, 2010.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter says the browser victory is a promising sign for Google in its expanding war against Apple.  He comments, "This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10% of the US market in under two years.  There is a battle royal going on between Google and Apple in the internet browser space (Chrome v Safari) as well as in the mobile market (Android v iPhone)."

In the mobile market Google's new Android phones -- HTC EVO 4G; along with the soon-to-launch Motorola Droid X and Samsung Galaxy S/T-Mobile "Vibrant" -- are taking on the iPhone 4, which just launched this week. 

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Safari Shmari
By MonkeyPaw on 6/28/2010 6:06:25 PM , Rating: 5
I use Chrome all the time, and I'm pleased with it. It even does adblocking now, though not as well as firefox just yet. I like that it syncs my bookmarks across machines. Makes it nice for multi-PC browsing. It's also the quickest to open, making it a netbook win. Pretty stable, too.

I really dislike safari, even the mobile version on my iPhone (not as bad as mobile Opera though). I wonder how many Mac users even use Safari.

RE: Safari Shmari
By banvetor on 6/28/2010 6:20:54 PM , Rating: 4
I use Opera on my PC and on my mobile (not the "Mini" version, though) and they are both great.

Actually, I could take your first paragraph and just change "Chrome" for "Opera" and it would perfectly describe my experience...

RE: Safari Shmari
By Motoman on 6/28/2010 8:49:22 PM , Rating: 1
I'd probably use Chrome if it wasn't a total ripoff of Opera. Although, pretty much any interested browser feature that's come along in the last several years was invented by Opera.

RE: Safari Shmari
By quiksilvr on 6/28/2010 10:02:31 PM , Rating: 5
Chrome is a total ripoff of every browser. That's what makes it great. It takes all the elements of the good browsers into something new and its the fastest out there.

RE: Safari Shmari
By Ammohunt on 6/29/2010 2:12:37 PM , Rating: 2
Google learned something from Microsoft.

RE: Safari Shmari
By quiksilvr on 6/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: Safari Shmari
By neothe0ne on 6/29/2010 1:01:00 AM , Rating: 3
This is funny because Opera 10.5x directly copied Chrome's menu bar interface lol.

RE: Safari Shmari
By lagitup on 6/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: Safari Shmari
By Motoman on 6/29/2010 1:34:13 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe. It's not an exaggeration that essentially all the other notable features of modern browsers were originally done by Opera though.

RE: Safari Shmari
By ihateu3 on 6/29/2010 1:14:13 AM , Rating: 2
so would you not drive any modern car because none of the manufacturers invented the car, and their ripping of the inventor? Its called improving on what is already good, adding your own innovations, and making it better than your competitor!

RE: Safari Shmari
By Motoman on 6/29/2010 11:50:47 AM , Rating: 2
...what makes it better? It's just a copycat as far as I can tell. I don't see anything about Chrome that would make browsing the internet "better" than browsing the internet in Opera.

Realistically, to me, Opera, Firefox, and Chrome are all essentially equivalent. They all do a fine job of providing the functionality one wants to use when browsing the internet. If there was a compelling reason to stop using Opera and use something else instead, I would...

...the only browser I really can't suggest anyone use is IE. For what I hope are obvious reasons.

RE: Safari Shmari
By kmmatney on 6/29/2010 12:14:54 AM , Rating: 3
I like Chrome a lot too, although there are still plenty of things that annoy me. I find that zooming doesn't work as well as IE8, in particular. I also think the interface is too simplified, and there are times I wish it had a normal menu. Just the fact that it starts up so quick makes me use it a lot, though.

RE: Safari Shmari
By Murloc on 6/29/2010 5:48:05 AM , Rating: 2
I really dislike safari, even the mobile version on my iPhone (not as bad as mobile Opera though). I wonder how many Mac users even use Safari.

for the same reason that internet explorer has such a high marketshare.
It's already there.

RE: Safari Shmari
By Motoman on 6/29/2010 12:06:35 PM , Rating: 2
Unlike DT readers who (other than a select few, like reader1, Pirks, etc.) tend to be rather tech-savvy, the VAST majority of computer owners have no idea about browsers, the concept that you can have more than one, the notion that it's OK to install something that didn't originally come on your computer, etc.

Hordes of computer owners are flat-out scared of installing anything different on their computers. Unfortunately, they are insufficiently scared of clicking on pop-up ads and links in spam email.

RE: Safari Shmari
By Veerappan on 6/29/2010 5:01:22 PM , Rating: 2
I'll bite... I use Safari when I've got my laptop booted into OS X all the time. The reason? Battery life.

Safari + Flash Video gives me much better battery life and CPU Utilization than Firefox + Flash Video, at least in OS X. This changes when I switch to Win 7, or jump over to Linux, but it holds true in OS X.

I'm not the biggest fan of Safari otherwise, but it's much more power efficient on my laptop than FF. Some day I'll get around to testing Chrome/Opera on Mac OS, but I haven't done it yet.

Essentially the Same Anyway.
By Flunk on 6/28/2010 11:15:07 PM , Rating: 3
Both Chrome and Safari use the same rendering engine (Webkit, formerly KHTML). Other than a few small differences they render pages the same, it doesn't really matter which is on top.

Its the Indian guy
By NA1NSXR on 6/28/2010 10:54:16 PM , Rating: 2
googul clome

By muhahaaha on 6/29/2010 4:45:33 PM , Rating: 2
The Safari browser would have virtually no market share if Apple didn't start stuffing it into their iTunes updates and trying to make it the default browser. A year or so ago and before they were shoveling their crapware into peoples computers, they had less than 1%

Chrome user
By Customer Support Geek on 6/29/2010 10:27:47 PM , Rating: 2
I am a chrome user ever since my firefox was always crashing. I am so satisfied with chrome, fast and reliable but lately my chrome seems to crash too. I mean a shockwave error plugin always crashes and makes the browser slow.

Not for long
By SunAngel on 6/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: Not for long
By spathotan on 6/28/2010 9:28:43 PM , Rating: 5
Right. I guess youll be a virgin forever then.

RE: Not for long
By piroroadkill on 6/29/2010 3:41:24 AM , Rating: 1
You mean the reader. It's an entirely ripped off feature. (Credited these guys but didn't ask them).

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