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July 05, 2011

As Google Chrome Gains Browser Market Share, IE and Firefox on the Decline

Reports indicate that Internet Explorer’s losses are Google (News - Alert) Chrome’s gains. According to market research firm StatCounter (News - Alert), as of June 2011, Chrome is the third most widely used browser with 20.70 percent worldwide usage share of web browsers. Meanwhile Firefox, the number two browser, is on the decline.

The market watcher’s study shows that this is the first time Google's Chrome has exceeded 20 percent of the worldwide internet browser market share.  The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 20.7 percent of the global market, up from 2.8 percent in June 2009. During the same period, Microsoft's (News - Alert) Internet Explorer has fallen from 59 percent to 44 percent globally and Firefox dropped slightly from 30 percent to 28 percent.

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

Overseas, the StatCounter data suggests that Chrome has performed particularly well in South America where it overtook Firefox in April to become the number two browser. In June it reached 29.7 percent, ahead of Firefox's 24.6 percent and behind IE at 44.1 percent.

Likewise, in the US, Chrome has risen to 16 percent, while market leader IE is at 46.5 percent and Firefox at 24.7 percent. While in the UK, Chrome captured 21.1 percent of the market share to go neck and neck with Firefox at 21.7 percent. However, IE leads the UK market with 46.4 percent of the browser market, as per the StatCounter Global Stats.

By NetApplication’s net market share figures, Firefox apparently peaked in popularity last September with 22.97 percent share and has since drifted down to 21.67 percent in June 2011. Chrome, on the other hand, is growing steadily, rising from 7.99 percent last September to 13.11 percent in June this year, according to NetApplication.

Meanwhile, Internet Explorer continues to lose market share, going down from 59.62 percent in September to 53.68 percent in June, according to NetApplication’s browser market study.

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Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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