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Chrome Surpasses 30 Percent Market Share For The First Time

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Google's Chrome browser surpassed 30 percent market share for the first time last Saturday.

Chrome climbed to 30.86 percent, according to StatCounter, while Microsoft's IE fell to a new 14-year low of 33.98 percent. If the current trend holds up, we will be seeing Chrome surpass IE market share in late Q1 or early Q2 of this year. Firefox market share has been stable at about 25 percent over the past two weeks.

For the entire month, StatCounter will report a considerable drop of market share of IE to about 37.5 percent, down from 38.7 percent in December. Chrome will increase its share from 27.3 percent in December to about 28.4 percent in January. Firefox will drop, to a 43-month low of about 24.8 percent.

Chrome's gained in January largely due to greater popularity of the browser in North America, where Google was able to surpass Mozilla and now ranks second behind IE. 2012 is shaping up to become an inflection year for browser usage as Chrome is about to surpass IE market share in Africa to claim the #2 spot. Chrome is approaching IE market in Asia to become that region's most popular browser. In Oceania, Chrome is surpassing Firefox market share to become #2. Chrome has been dominating the browser market in South America since mid-2011.

In related news, Mozilla today released Firefox 10 for download.

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    danraies , January 31, 2012 9:01 PM
    Are there people who use IE by choice? I have absolutely no data, but my perception is that of the people who still use IE, like 98% of them use it because they haven't tried anything else and because it's what was on their computer when they turned it on.

    I'm just curious if there are lots of people out there who prefer IE to the other choices or are forced to use it because of compatibility issues or anything like that.
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    computernerdforlife , January 31, 2012 8:54 PM
    I'm proudly one of these individuals in this statistic. I stock trade with this browser, research endless websites to view their Investor/Quarterly results sections, browse news/information, media,... all from this seamless, very responsive browser that never crashes on me.

    To all us Chrome users: Cheers! :) 
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    frozonic , January 31, 2012 8:58 PM
    google chrome??... nahhh firefox with a good "about:config" configuration can kick chrome ass...
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    danraies , January 31, 2012 9:01 PM
    Are there people who use IE by choice? I have absolutely no data, but my perception is that of the people who still use IE, like 98% of them use it because they haven't tried anything else and because it's what was on their computer when they turned it on.

    I'm just curious if there are lots of people out there who prefer IE to the other choices or are forced to use it because of compatibility issues or anything like that.
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    jgutz2006 , January 31, 2012 9:08 PM
    I use IE by choice, but i also use chrome. I dumped firefox a while back because of the memory issues and the painful startup times. Even tho those have been addressed, its too late as i now prefer IE9 and Chrome over firefox any day. Add in X-Marks (Last Pass) and ad-block plus extensions, maybe speed dial or any of the other hundreds of useful plugins/apps for chrome. the public IP widget which is handy, Flixter, Wells Fargo.
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    matt_b , January 31, 2012 9:55 PM
    danraiesAre there people who use IE by choice? I have absolutely no data,

    I for one am forced to use it at work as the intranet at our company is compatible with IE only. If i am browsing around on the internet, I can fire up another browser all-day-long without an issue with that though.

    Chrome always had one heck of an advantage - the push from the biggest internet site in the world. You cannot visit google.com or many other sites and say you've never seen the advertisements. I know of many people that have no clue what a Firefox is, but with also mentioning a percentage of those same people have at least heard of Google Chrome. Chrome has been around for a fraction of the time Firefox has (see previous sentence also), yet how are we also on like version 20 already in a couple of years?

    Is there also a way we could differentiate Computer and smartphone use here or am I missing where it may state this? If the two are reported as one, that would explain a lot for the Android explosion factoring into this. Congrats Google either way!
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    Inferno1217 , January 31, 2012 9:56 PM
    I smell something burning. Let the flaming begin!
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    danraies , January 31, 2012 9:59 PM
    matt_bIs there also a way we could differentiate Computer and smartphone use here

    Chrome and Android are different things. Chrome is the browser and Android is the operating system.
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2012 10:02 PM
    Chrome sux, it can't do multiple tab rows as FF can. That's the only reason why I haven't switched to it yet
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    Pawessum16 , January 31, 2012 10:03 PM
    I use Chrome (default browser), IE9 (proudly by choice!), and Firefox (superior adblocking) because they all have their pluses and minuses. There truly is no "superior" browser.
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    slicedtoad , January 31, 2012 10:15 PM
    all three modern browsers are perfectly usable. Only the people still on IE6-8 are doing something wrong. so no flaming.

    That said, I do prefer chrome for a number of personal reasons. First, I started using it before firefox over went it's face lift. Firefox looks perfectly nice now but I don't see a reason to change again. Second, it's made by google and i'm a sucker for their products.
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    matt_b , January 31, 2012 10:15 PM
    danraiesChrome and Android are different things. Chrome is the browser and Android is the operating system.

    Right you are, but what browser do Android phones run?
    :) 
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    Haserath , January 31, 2012 10:33 PM
    In other news:

    Google plans on releasing their Chrome version 666 on December 22, 2012. This version will be one to die for!
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    The-Darkening , January 31, 2012 10:47 PM
    danraiesAre there people who use IE by choice? I have absolutely no data, but my perception is that of the people who still use IE, like 98% of them use it because they haven't tried anything else and because it's what was on their computer when they turned it on.I'm just curious if there are lots of people out there who prefer IE to the other choices or are forced to use it because of compatibility issues or anything like that.


    I use Internet explorer only. Never installed other browser on my pc. But what the hell, I'm a strange person. Explorer and a custom hosts file to block ads and other crap and I'm good to go.
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    danraies , January 31, 2012 11:07 PM
    matt_bRight you are, but what browser do Android phones run?

    You can run any of several browsers on android. I know Firefox has an android app and there were rumors of a chrome app for android at the end of last year but I haven't checked since then. My phone is about a year old and the default browser when I got it was just called "browser" and to my knowledge it is not related to chrome.
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    hiruu , January 31, 2012 11:25 PM
    IE USer by choice, but I use Firfox from tiem to time...chrome...nope.
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    matt_b , February 1, 2012 12:28 AM
    danraiesYou can run any of several browsers on android. I know Firefox has an android app and there were rumors of a chrome app for android at the end of last year but I haven't checked since then. My phone is about a year old and the default browser when I got it was just called "browser" and to my knowledge it is not related to chrome.

    It's hard to find concrete info on exactly what the default browser really is (keyword that I left out of the previous post being "default"). The most I have found was that it is a derivative based on Chrome's engine and mixed with whatever a handset manufacturer decided to go with - but it is NOT 100% Chrome. Does that still make it register as Chrome? I don't know and that is another question by itself really. Only one I can say for sure is that using the iPhone browser registers it as Safari - but can the same be said about the default browser for Android phones? If you switched to something besides the default browser, that's an obvious answer then.
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    Anonymous , February 1, 2012 12:52 AM
    SRWare Iron > Chrome
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    A Bad Day , February 1, 2012 1:04 AM
    Congrats Google. Microsoft and Mozilla, get your competition up.
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    iceman1992 , February 1, 2012 3:49 AM
    I use chrome, but lately it's been crashing a lot. i guess it's the shockwave flash plugin crashing.
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    gerry410 , February 1, 2012 4:19 AM
    I'm not surprised, I've been using Chrome for the last 5 years. Never a problem. It doesn't crash it's fast and I like its user interface.
    I stopped using IE simply because it stinks. There's always a problem with something or another and I just got tired of dealing with it. IE is a big headache.
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