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Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox

 1:40 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox [computerworld.com]

Google's Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, according to one Web statistics firm.

Data provided by StatCounter, an Irish company that tracks browser usage using the free analytics tools it offers websites, shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.

As of Wednesday, Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%.

Not all of my sites show this trend. There are several where Firefox has a secure 2nd place. In Asia the numbers are very close. Only in China do I already see Chrome in 2nd.



 2:14 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

StatCounter has never been a good representation of the overall web and is only used on a few low-usage web pages these days. It's basically representative of nothing except some personal web pages in specific countries.

NetMarketShare shows Firefox at 22.57% worldwide and Chrome at 15.51% and is a far better representation of the overall market.

It does vary by geographic region as well. Firefox is higher in Europe and I think is the #1 browser in Germany at the moment.


 3:12 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

My stats say differently, Chrome is at 12.9% and hasn't gained ground in over 3 months.

I did notice however that the latest version of firefox is controlled by IE under Windows7. Open your IE browser and under internet options set you LAN settings to resolve to IP and only IE SHOULD be unable to connect to the internet but under Windows7 those IE settings knock out firefox too. That wasn't the case in previous versions. Since Firefox is controlled by IE now I wouldn't be surprised to learn we sometimes receive the wrong data.


 3:33 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just ran through these stats on our largest site (2Mil++ visitors) for Sept 2011 - IE 35%, FF 26%, Chrome 23%, Safari 13%, close and closing...


 3:52 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

I'm surprised your Safari numbers are so high, gethan. It's generally well under 5% on most sites. It does vary by content, though.


 4:42 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

PREDICTION: Once Chrome hits the 50% mark GOOG will force ads on users and cut out all publishers... plus, the ads will be in the chrome not the web page and therefore be immune to ad blocking software.


 6:11 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

My largest site shows

IE 44.56%
Safari 19.6%
Chrome 15.19%
Firefox 14.67%

The site is UK based 500,000 visitors a month. Presumably the Safari figure is Apple phones.


 8:44 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

IE ....................... 46.4 %
Firefox................... 24.1 %
Safari.................... 13.8 %
Chrome..................... 8.5 %

US based site, diverse general interest content, 100k monthly.


 9:16 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

These figures may be considerably skewed due to the fact that google-bot is a version of chrome and register as a browser (over the stats) on many occasions, inappropriately.


 9:48 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Just checked a couple of our (RBI) B2B sites in the uk and USA and chrome is 4th on both sites and 4th on NS as well.


 9:52 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

oops misread that chrome is actually second on NS. Though I suspect the NS audience is atypical when compared to the general population.


 9:56 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

so when is FF going to quit sending all its users to goog?

I've long stated they are just sending their users to the enemy... but they just can't seem to stop.


 11:26 am on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

My busiest server:

Internet Explorer: 40.9%
Firefox: 26.4%
Google Chrome: 14.4%
Mobile: 11.4%
Safari: 5.4%
Opera: 1.1%
Consoles: 0.3%


 4:46 pm on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Please correct me, isn't chrome use pre-fetch technique?


 5:12 pm on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

My shopping site shows:
IE: 36%
FF: 24%
Safari: 22%
Chrome: 14%
Android Browser: 2%
Others: 2%


 8:50 pm on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)

Musical Instrument showcase / ecom site - +1m unique monthly.

IE - 38%
FF - 24%
Safari - 23%
Chrome - 11%
Android - 1.3%


 9:14 pm on Sep 30, 2011 (gmt 0)


Sorry Stat counter was never, is still not and will never be a good barometer of traffic trends on this scale. Small time monitoring - maybe.

Too easy to spoof stats, registers some bot traffic and is often up to 3 times Analytics numbers...

On a general Health & Fitness site with about 300,000 users / 1.4m page imps :

IE - 53%
FF - 26%
Safari - 11%
Chrome - 8%
others - 1%

So great for headline, nothing more.



 7:38 am on Oct 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

Mine, education (global audience), 150k visits a day..

ie: 34.29% (8: 57%, 9: 18.31%, 7: 17%, 6: 7%)
ff: 25.84% (6x: 50%, 3.6: 10.63%)
chr: 24.62%
saf: 10.02%

Me thinks G should be releasing these details..


 6:09 pm on Oct 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

It definitely depends on the industry. I'm in the web marketing industry:

Firefox- 43.7 %
IE- 24.4 %
Chrome - 19.5 %
Opera - 3.6 %
Safari - 2.9 %

That's one site that gets roughly 100k monthly.


 3:34 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Why is IE still number one. This is pathetic.


 7:01 pm on Oct 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

most users just use what comes on their computers.
IE8 and IE9 seem to be the standard install now.

what is the big deal? most normal users aren't net nerds installing other browsers and add-ons.


 2:06 am on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

The main reason my enterprise is still locked into it is that we spent millions developing internal systems that only worked on IE and used proprietary Windows Server hooks. That holds true for a lot of companies.

..Then there are the poor people who don't realize there are other browsers...nor do they care.


 8:04 pm on Oct 14, 2011 (gmt 0)

^ why didn't they just build a real application instead of something that has to run in a browser?


 9:12 am on Oct 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Here is mine:
Internet Explorer 60.68%
Firefox 19.66%
Safari 11.53%
Chrome 7.80%
Android Browser 0.34%


 12:54 pm on Oct 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

Technically, Chrome passed Firefox a while back as the number 2 browser if you look specifically at browser versions. That is, Chrome 14 (the latest version) has somewhere around 22% market share, while Firefox 7 (the latest version, and also the version of Firefox with the highest percentage of market share) has around 14%. I think that's a much better metric than combining every version of Firefox and comparing that against Chrome.


 5:36 pm on Oct 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

what is the big deal? most normal users aren't net nerds installing other browsers and add-ons.

They install add-ons... they just don't know about it.

When friends / business associates ask me to help clean up all the garbage on their computer, (because the "computer is slow"), I most often find MS-IE with 3-4 tools that were installed during the installation of something else, (e.g.- they install RealPlayer and get the Norton security Toolbar, install AVG and get the Yahoo! toolbar, install some video program and get a "smiley face" toolbar, install a "disk cleaner" and get a "Search Assistant" that routes all their searches through that site's PPC ads page, etc, etc)...

Not only do they not know there are other browsers, they don't realize that they can uncheck add-ons during free / demo software trials.

The standard answer when I ask, "Do you use [this or that] toolbar?", is "I don't even know what it is or how it got there".


 5:53 pm on Oct 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

you can't blame IE for sneeky application installations.


 2:12 am on Oct 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

A lot of pc are using windows thus IE is incorporated in them especially in the Asian region. But chrome is slowly gaining ground.


 10:03 am on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

They install add-ons... they just don't know about it.

Sure they do. But chrome does the same pretty much. I use FF primarily and have Chrome also for testing. It messes around with FF and installs plugins on it (like google update). I don't like this kind of "transparency".


 5:21 pm on Nov 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

chrome brings friends to your computer.... then leaves them on uninstall. it also had a nasty habit of breaking outlook.

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