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Chrome breaks 20 percent global browser market share

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Google’s Chrome (s goog) browser is continuing to grow in popularity. According to StatCounter, a website analytics company, Chrome is now used by a fifth of Internet users worldwide, taking 20.7 percent of the global browser market in June, up from just 2.8 percent in June 2009. In the same two-year period, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (s msft) share has fallen from 59 to 44 percent, and Mozilla’s Firefox also dropped slightly, from 30 to 28 percent.

That’s an impressive result for Google’s WebKit-based browser, which was only released in December 2008. One of the reasons Chrome originally gained so much traction, apart from its novelty, was its clean design, blisteringly fast V8 JavaScript engine and support for newer web standards, which, when Chrome was released, meant it ran complex web applications, like Gmail and Google Docs (s goog), much faster than the crop of browsers that existed at the time. Its release forced the other browsers vendors to catch up, even Microsoft, sparking a new round of browser wars. This resulted in an across-the-board improvement of browsers that’s not only good news for users, it’s good for Google, too, as the company wants to make using its web apps feel as close to a desktop experience as possible.

Note: Browser market share statistics should always be viewed with a healthy slice of skepticism, as they can be skewed depending on where the data is collected from. StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the U.S.) from the StatCounter network of more than three million websites, but it should be pointed out that Net Applications, for example, reports Chrome’s marketshare at 12.5 percent in May.

19 Responses to “Chrome breaks 20 percent global browser market share”

    • This isn’t religion, use whatever you want but don’t have it forced on you. I noticed when installing a couple of programs that they wanted to install Chrome so I can see why the numbers/users are rising fast.

  1. Does this data take into account the number of iPads and iPhones that use Safari? I agree though, Chrome is a cracking browser, without fail. It won’t be that long before Mozilla is playing catch-up.

    • I can almost guarantee you that is not the case! Running a business using the browser most of the day, chrome has been an blessing for us. Initially we used IE next to it for certain tasks, but every task we were able to switch to chrome saved time and reduced frustration, to such an extent that we no longer consider applications not working with Chrome. As more people become familiar with the – very fast increasing – capabilities of Chrome, it will only be adopted faster.

  2. Personally, I think Opera is better than firefox, but nobody knows about opera. o_0
    chrome can only get better though. IE needs to innovate or die.

  3. Peter

    I don’t think it’s just speed and web standards… Safari had that before Chrome and never got much traction.

    For me its the fact that Chrome makes updating so painless. I never have to do it. And when I do I’m not pestered by incompatible extensions. (Not to mention that extensions update themselves as well.)

    The big downside is the RAM usage. Separate processes for each tab (and extensions) sum up somewhat.

    • I always found Safari to be a bit clunky on Windows, and Apple never really pushed it on that platform, either, which is probably why it never really got much traction. But you’re right, Chrome’s success is down to more than just speed: it has a nice simple interface and is well designed.

  4. I LOVE Google’s Chrome! Definitely because it clean looking and super fast. And there are many extension comparable to FF. Oh yes, Google Chrome’s “Inspect Element” is superior. I constantly use it for web design elements. I can definitely see it continue to rise in rank. ;)

      • Beenyweenies

        New releases doesn’t necessarily guarantee market share. In the case of IE, v9 isnt compatible with Windows XP which a ton of people still use, never mind the fact that their reputation is finally catching up to them and using IE is the modern day equivelent of still using AOL.

        Firefox is great, but on my very beefy computer (mac pro quad, 10gb RAM) it takes forever to load up and general performance feels about half as fast as Chrome. Maybe that’s Chrome’s heavy RAM consumption giving it an unfair advantage, I don’t know…