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Chrome Climbed Above Firefox in Market Share Ranking

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Google was able to briefly claim that it has the second most popular browser in the world.

StatCounter data suggests that, on a global basis, the number of people using Chrome exceeded those who were using Firefox last Sunday. Chrome beat Firefox with a market share of 26.22% versus 26.16%. It's not much and it was just one day, but it is a significant event as Chrome has caught up with Firefox on weekend days.

Chrome has substantially higher market share on weekends than during the week and the current data implies that the browser needs about four to six weeks to catch up with any number on a weekend on an average market share basis. If this trend holds up, then we should be seeing Chrome match average Firefox market share by mid- to end-November.

For the first half of the month, Chrome averaged 24.85%, which is more than 1.2 points up from last month, while Firefox is slightly down to 26.68%. IE has fallen for the first half of the month below the 40% mark and was estimated at 39.99%.

Chrome market share is, just as it is the case with all other browsers significantly fragmented across the world. In North America, for example, Chrome share is only 20.01%, while it is at 40.82% in South America, according to StatCounter.

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    Goldengoose , October 18, 2011 11:10 AM
    Has anyone confirmed whether StatCounter is actually accurate considering the majority of FF users have noscript?
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    billybobser , October 18, 2011 10:32 AM
    Interesting how google have gone from a data stealing company to saviour of the universe.

    Apparently selling your data makes your browser go faster.
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    Pherule , October 18, 2011 10:13 AM
    Mass advertising will do wonders for you.
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    nikorr , October 18, 2011 10:30 AM
    Well, that was expected.
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    billybobser , October 18, 2011 10:32 AM
    Interesting how google have gone from a data stealing company to saviour of the universe.

    Apparently selling your data makes your browser go faster.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , October 18, 2011 11:08 AM
    Yeah! I'll have to agree with "Pherule". Although it is a good browser & may even be better than Mozilla's Firefox, but not even close to Mozilla's Aurora though.
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    Goldengoose , October 18, 2011 11:10 AM
    Has anyone confirmed whether StatCounter is actually accurate considering the majority of FF users have noscript?
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    Anonymous , October 18, 2011 11:20 AM
    Each time google touch something it became first, boring

    Posted from a Virtual Private Desktop "VPU"
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 18, 2011 11:25 AM
    So? No problem wuth that. Chrome is great. I personally prefer FF, but "market share" is only important to a "common user" who judges products by the amount of people who use them. Also, "market share" doesn't seem like an appropriate term since both browsers are free.
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    tical2399 , October 18, 2011 12:03 PM
    Unless I can get something like ad block plus in chrome without a bunch of work arounds i'll stick with FF
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    SR-71 Blackbird , October 18, 2011 12:39 PM
    Chrome can't touch Firefox!
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    ljj0772 , October 18, 2011 12:54 PM
    GoldengooseHas anyone confirmed whether StatCounter is actually accurate considering the majority of FF users have noscript?


    got the point
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    puddleglum , October 18, 2011 12:56 PM
    tical2399Unless I can get something like ad block plus in chrome without a bunch of work arounds i'll stick with FF

    ??? Just install it from the Chrome site like you do with Firefox from their site. It sped up my Chrom even faster than before. Speed is the whole reason I switched from Firefox. Firefox is just too dog gone slow.
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    southernshark , October 18, 2011 1:04 PM
    I'm sticking with Firefox. I have to questions these numbers. I don't know a single person who uses Chrome. I suspect most FF users are not being properly accounted for.
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    back_by_demand , October 18, 2011 1:09 PM
    I wonder if MS plastered "Use IE" all over the homepage of Google it would increase IE usage.
    Some might say that Google doing it with Chrome is an unfair monopoly, seeing as they get free advertising in the browser choice screen of Windows.
    Antitrust lawsuit in 3...2...1...
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 18, 2011 1:26 PM
    Quote:
    I wonder if MS plastered "Use IE" all over the homepage of Google it would increase IE usage.
    Some might say that Google doing it with Chrome is an unfair monopoly, seeing as they get free advertising in the browser choice screen of Windows.
    Antitrust lawsuit in 3...2...1...


    Well, since every laptop manufacturer advertises Windows 7, it's still balanced :D  And there can't be a "trust" if you're advertising your own FREE product on your website :) 
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    jblack , October 18, 2011 1:29 PM
    GoldengooseHas anyone confirmed whether StatCounter is actually accurate considering the majority of FF users have noscript?



    You don't need Javascript to determine what browser someone is using.
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    randomizer , October 18, 2011 1:30 PM
    PheruleMass advertising will do wonders for you.

    Yep. Stick it on the Google home page and put up giant billboards at train stations and people will eventually notice it.

    GoldengooseHas anyone confirmed whether StatCounter is actually accurate considering the majority of FF users have noscript?

    Yea... no. Most people wouldn't even know what that is.

    puddleglum??? Just install it from the Chrome site like you do with Firefox from their site.

    It doesn't work nearly as well. It doesn't even block AdWords properly. I nearly get motion sickness from pages that mutate after loading when using Chrome with ad blockers.
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    Camikazi , October 18, 2011 1:53 PM
    puddleglum??? Just install it from the Chrome site like you do with Firefox from their site. It sped up my Chrom even faster than before. Speed is the whole reason I switched from Firefox. Firefox is just too dog gone slow.

    Chrome AdBlock doesn't block everything that Firefox AdBlock will, Chrome version will miss things that Firefox will catch. I believe it has something to do with how Chrome is made, the extensions don't have full access to what is needed to make full use of AdBlock. For me the speed difference between Chrome and Firefox on my machine is small and the big difference between the AdBlocks and the other Add Ons I can't find version of in Chrome make Firefox the browser I use.
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    of the way , October 18, 2011 1:53 PM
    randomizerIt doesn't even block AdWords properly. I nearly get motion sickness pages that mutate after loading when using Chrome with ad blockers.


    I don't get why some people have problems with it. Works perfectly for me.
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    cesar44 , October 18, 2011 1:59 PM
    Wolfgang:

    I think you were too quick in your article conclusions and you never noticed that there were no stats for Firefox 6 and Firefox 7, which are the current and the previous browser versions. So these data you based your article are simply incomplete and unreliable as these versions are out there since August 16th, 2011.
    Please check the actual .csv data taken from the StatsCounter Web site (http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-ww-monthly-201009-201109), option Browser version for confirmation.
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    cesar44 , October 18, 2011 2:53 PM
    Wolfgang:

    Actually I suspect the Firefox 6 and 7 usage data are hidden within the Others label so either its market share is stable or growing.
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