Google Chrome vs. Mozilla Firefox: Chrome’s Market Share Growing

By Posted 3 Mar 2011, 23:00

Google Chrome’s ever-increasing popularity as a web browser continues to grow throughout the start of 2011, along with Internet Explorer and Apple’s Safari also making rises in market share. Mozilla Firefox on the other hand is the only browser to take a dip in form by losing 1 percentage point.

Reasons for the latter is unclear, as Mozilla has been improving Firefox’s by by fixing security holes, however many feel that a new major version is long overdue, developers are diligently working on Firefox 4, however it is certainly taking some time.

Chrome saw a rise of .2 percent from January, now reaching 10.9 percent of market share up from 10.7, whilst Internet Explorer continued its dominance in the web browsing sector, rising from 56 percent to 56.8 percent according to Net Applications on March 1.

eWeek also says that Microsoft’s newest browser, IE9 reached a 0.66 percent market share across all platforms and a firm 2 percent on the Windows 7 platform. Apple’s Safari web browser only saw a 0.4 percent rise from 6 percent to 6.4 percent.

Obviously, you would have thought that the continuing support for Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, who release a new stable version of the web browser every few weeks would take the headlines, but that is not so, more people are shocked to hear that Firefox’s market share is shrinking.

To get a better understanding of what is happening, we will turn to our readers. Which browser do you use and why?

  • Jack

    "Reasons for the latter is unclear"

    It's only unclear if you've been ignoring other media reports for the last couple of days. The unusually large changes are due to adjusted country weightings gathered from the CIA. Another unfortunate side effect of course, is misguided media reports.

  • DanCar

    The statistics are skewed. Other statistic sources have much different numbers. For better reporting don't rely on one source of numbers. See what wikipedia says: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_b
    The stats are skewed towards asia because they have so many people. Better to talk about what the western world does and uses.

  • Jason

    firefox 4.0, if it was out and stable/official market share would be climbing. but it is still in beta and many users are getting tired of 3.6, which is looking much older and dated than chrome and internet explorer. many users hear the beta word (including my sister) and shirk away from even downloading it. I am using 4.0b12 right now and it is brilliant but unfortunately firefox's market share has been slowing for some time now since chrome was released.

  • Bob

    The biggest nuisance for me with Firefox is that it is always bugging you to upgrade it or to upgrade extensions. Chrome is much more subtle about this, and extensions can be upgraded without a restart

  • Dwight Lawler

    While I do believe that Chrome's market share is growing, I do not believe that IE's share is. You are the only media source I have seen reporting that.

    • Syam

      I agree.

  • BPBomber

    Over the years, Firefox has become a bloated couch potato and now v.4 has officially hardened its arteries. Firefox was an amazing alternative to Internet Explorer back in the early part of this century but now it seems to simply be a systems resource hog. Google Chrome's lightweight programming, speed, and simplicity is perfect for those older (5-6 years old) PCs. In my opinion, it's these very assets that are causing Google Chrome to quickly gobble up market share in the "browser wars"