Google Chrome has hit 20 percent market share, according to StatCounter. Net Applications has Chrome cracking 13 percent. Either way, Chrome is growing fast versus IE and Firefox.
Most Internet researchers agree that Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Chrome Web browser is steadily gaining market share at the expense of
established rivals Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Internet Explorer and Mozilla
Two top browser researcher disagree on just how much
market share Chrome has worldwide. StatCounter said Google claimed 20.7 percent
browser share for June, up from 2.8 percent a year ago. Net Applications
claimed Chrome actually corralled 13.1 percent, up from 12.5 percent
More broadly, StatCounter
said Firefox is
next in line to be passed by Chrome at 28.3 percent, with IE at 43.6 percent. On
the (much) lower end of the scale, Safari is at 5 percent, with Opera claiming
1.7 percent through the month.
Net Applications meanwhile has IE
at 53.7 percent, Firefox at 21.7 percent, Safari at 7.5 percent and
Opera at the same 1.7 percent.
While there is a wide differential between both firms'
figures, it's clear Chrome is gaining share and momentum.
From Google Chrome officials own lips at Google I/O in
May, eWEEK heard Chrome had racked up more than 160 million users, up from 120
million in December. If that trend holds true, Chrome should crack the 200
million mark in October.
some numbers based on StatCounter's stats and guessed Chrome could
pass Firefox this November and IE by June 2012.
Assuming Chrome's ascent continues at its average growth
rate over the past six months (consider that it took Chrome only two years to hit
10 percent share) Chrome could even hit 50 percent share by November 2012,
Royal Pingdom said.
There are many reasons for Chrome's upswing:accelerated release cycles
, which means Google is putting snazzy new features
that other browsers lack in front of users faster. Case in point: the Chrome Speech
capabilities to enable voice search on the desktop.
Chrome advertising and marketing for the browser and
Chrome Operating System have also been playing their parts in the growth. Google
last year began advertising Chrome on ESPN.com, the New York Times and other
high-profile Websites for a year.
In May, Google began
Chrome as the center of users life experiences, planting a marketing
seed for Chrome OS notebooks.
Samsung Series 5 Chromebook
launched June 15, while the Acer AC700
machine won't ship until mid-month.
It's unclear how many Series 5 Samsung sold through
Amazon.com and Best Buy online. Google July made Series 5 Chromebooks vailable for
flights in hotels.
EWEEK will update readers when it learns more on this
score, but you can bet the buzz had helped draw attention to the Chrome