Google’s Chrome Web browser has been steadily garnering more and more market share over its short three-year life.
Chrome now services 20.7 percent of the world’s browser market share, surging up from a mere 2.8 percent in June of 2009, according to StatCounter GlobalStats. In the same period, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has fallen from 59 percent to 44 percent worldwide, and Mozilla’s Firefox dropped from 30 percent to 28 percent.
“It is a superb achievement by Google to go from under 3% two years ago to over 20% today,” Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter, said in a statement. “While Google has been highly effective in getting Chrome downloaded the real test is actual browser usage which our stats measure.”
In the US Chrome commands a 16 percent market share, still well behind Internet Explorer (46.5 percent) and Firefox (24.7 percent). In South America, however, Chrome has taken considerably larger cuts of the browser pie, overtaking Firefox in April to become the second most popular Browser. In June Chrome was at 29.7 percent, Firefox was at 24.6 percent, and Internet Explorer was at 44.1 percent. Chrome has also fared well in the UK, gobbling up 21.1 percent of the browser market, putting it just behind Firefox (21.7 percent). IE still holds the lead in the UK market with 46.4 percent browser share. StatCounter provided other regional and country-wide statistics here.
StatCounter basis its findings on “aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than 3 million websites.”