Is Google's Web browser
about to push Mozilla's power house out of the #2 overall browser slot? Perhaps. StatCounter's newest browser data is suggesting that Chrome could take over the #2 spot, a spot that Firefox currently holds, as early as this December if user trends continue in the direction they're heading. Google
obviously has a huge name, and that name has helped them draw a huge amount of attention toward their browser. Of course, it doesn't hurt that Chrome just so happens to be a fantastic performer, and Mozilla's Firefox has suffered memory hog issues (amongst other things) for a few releases now.
StatCounter's data, which tracks browser usage, found that Chrome's global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox's stood at 26.8%. Internet Explorer, still the leader, was at 41.6%. That's a crazy trio of figures when you consider that Chrome didn't even exist a couple of years ago, and Internet Explorer once held the lion's share of this market. Chrome has been skyrocketing up the ranks as more and more people try out a browser from a name they trust, with the stats showing a 50% increase in Chrome usage since the start of 2011. Meanwhile, Firefox has dropped during that period (four percentage points, give or take), while IE has fallen around four points as well.
In other words, all of those people leaving Firefox and IE are evidently siding with Chrome. Will the trend continue? Can anything stop Google's browser dominance? Should IE be scared? All this and more on the next episode of Stats of Our Lives.