Chrome Slips Past Firefox for Second Place in Global Browser Market Share
December 1, 2011 12:01 PM
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Firefox drops to third place
Chrome is the second most used browser behind Internet Explorer globally
The browser wars have raged for years. Generally, the winner in the market has been Internet Explorer thanks to the overwhelming number of computers worldwide that run the Windows operating system (and don’t bother to change their default browser). For a while now the second most popular web browser has been Firefox, but there have been some changes in the market according to the latest stats.
StatCounter's latest numbers for the browser market show that Google Chrome has passed Firefox to take the second place spot. Firefox is still in a very close third place. Firefox had been kicked back to the third place spot in the UK in July of 2011 reports
so a global second place win isn’t that surprising for Chrome.
Chrome now has 25.7% of the worldwide market as of last month and Firefox has 25.23% of the market. Internet Explorer is still dominating the market with 40.63% of the global share.
In the U.S., Internet Explorer has even more of the market with 50.66% share.
In September, Firefox released
of the browser specifically to address memory issues that plagued older versions of the browser.
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RE: Android browser == chrome??
12/1/2011 8:12:24 PM
I for one like Chrome better. I'm more used to it's minimalistic interface.
The "Chrome is faster" comment is probably more of a residual prejudice from the FF 3.x days. Back then, my "crappy" (by your standards) laptop certainly ran Chrome better. It's sort of like saying IE9 sucks because previous versions did, when IE9 is a pretty decent browser. It's a shame that it's already outdated because of the long release cycle, though.
BTW, not everyone has the money to go buying SSDs today, we are in a global recession FYI. Besides, SSDs are pretty expensive in international markets (add around a 50% on top of North American prices). When you take price into account you'll see why they aren't that widespread in spite of all their benefits. I myself have been eyeing out a Crucial M4 for quite a while for my laptop but decent capacities are just too expensive in my country (around 350 USD for a 128 GB version).
Everyone probably wants to have the greatest-and-latest in technology, but there are other things to consider besides that. BTW, there are better ways to showoff your new and shiny SSD.
RE: Android browser == chrome??
12/4/2011 7:29:02 AM
The biggest things for me are the customizable nature of FF. It's just so easy. For example, I have a lock on FF at work so that I can store passwords on it without risking some coworker going onto my work computer and accessing my email. I have a ribbon of bookmarks that contains the 10 or so most visited sites that I go to. 95% of my surfing is from habit, and the icons on the ribbon make it really easy to access them with a single click. For my blog, I often use Zemanta. I'm using it less these days, but my point is that FF is extremely easy to customize to my own specific needs. Chrome has never managed to do that for me.
Speed wise, I've never really noticed a difference. However, when I want to go to isohunt, FF used to redirect me to a Yahoo 404 site. It doesn't do that any more (just looked), but it was the only reason I used Chrome. Also, one more thing - I do keep a separate Facebook page that I give to students and coworkers so that I can keep my private life and professional life separate. It's easier to store that email address and that Facebook IDs on a separate browser from FF. Maybe there's a better way (like another FF plugin) to achieve that end.
But even the idea that Chrome is better and more stable - well, FF does crash from time to time, but so does Chrome. I haven't seen a difference there. Thus, I find FF still to be much better suited to my needs than Chrome.
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