Chrome set to top Firefox in browser battle
Chrome and Safari continue to gain users, with every other browser posting a loss this month.
The latest browser stats reveal Google’s browser is continuing to rack up support, with StatCounter suggesting Chrome could pip Firefox to second place in the global rankings as early as this year.
Last month, Chrome grabbed 23.6%, close behind Firefox’s 26.8%, while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lead with just short of 42%.
Rival ranking firm Net Applications’ more modest figures shows a wider spread, but still gives Chrome solid growth – and suggests Chrome will top Firefox sometime next year, if current trends continue.
Usage share of Safari on the desktop gained in correlation to the gain in Mac share, passing 5% for the first time
Google’s browser grabbed 16.2%, according to Net Applications, up from 9.6% in November last year. Firefox has continued a slow slide to 22.5%, down a percentage point from November last year, while IE is down six points to 54.6%.
Safari jumped almost half a point over the past month to pass the 5% mark, part of what Net Application’s called the Apple’s “back to school bump”.
“Mac usage share generally rises in September,” the company said. “This year, Mac share rose .42% to reach 6.45% of worldwide desktop usage and 13.7% in the United States.”
“Usage share of Safari on the desktop gained in correlation to the gain in Mac share, passing 5% for the first time.”
The stats are for desktop and laptop computers only. On mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, Safari holds more than 55% of the market, followed by Opera Mini at 18.9% and Android’s browser at 16%.
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