Popular internet browser Google Chrome is more popular than most people even realized. According to recently released figures, Google’s search engine has overtaken Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most popular internet browser in the United States.
Currently, 31.8 percent of internet users are running Google Chrome which according to a report published by the Adobe Digital Index is up 6 percent on the previous year. Oppositely, Internet Explorer was down 6 percent from the previous year. Despite this drop, Internet Explorer is only narrowly trailing Chrome with a market share of 30.9 percent.
These figures combine both traffic from desktop and mobile devices. This explains why both Chrome and Apple’s very own Safari have grown dramatically over the last few years. With more web browsing occurring on mobile devices through both iOS and Android, it’s no surprise that both web browsers have seen such growth.
Internet Explorer has seen a steady decline in popularity over the last 6 years. Before Chrome was launched, Internet Explorer had a massive market share sitting around 80 percent, with the only popular substitute being the much more flexible and faster Mozilla Firefox
Mozilla Firefox has unfortunately taken a hit from the success of Chrome and Safari. According to these figures, Firefox has seen a decline from 20 percent market share only two years ago to only 8.7 percent in April this year. The ADI states that the lack of mobile presence has hindered Firefox and dropped them from a consistent second place runner to a distant fourth place.
While Safari has become increasingly popular with the success of iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPad, Android encompasses more devices and Chrome still remains the more popular choice on desktop computers. The Chrome Web Store has also assisted the popularity of Chrome as a web browser.
Chrome OS is also becoming more predominant within the PC space. While Chrome OS isn’t nearly as comprehensive as Windows or OS X, Chromebooks remain as high sellers through online distributors such as Amazon.