Chrome Rising: Browser Trends Visualised

What a difference seven years makes

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Straight Ahead: Google Chrome’s browser share is set to rise up and up – increasingly at the expense of Firefox. Chrome Lamborghini LP640 picture by Axion23 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

Where were you in 2008?  Back then we had a global financial downturn; responsive web design was years away; Take That were popular again; and Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 was still the browser of choice for many households and businesses.  On the 02 September 2008, in Mountain View, Google released its very first web browser.  Entitled Chrome, the browser’s stripped down approach and support for the latest coding standards won friends with all users.  Not only households and businesses, also coders and web developers.

Fast forward to December 2015: IE6 now has a user base of 0.65%; Take That are now a trio with plans to do a Las Vegas residency slated for next year.  As for the world’s favourite browser, that honour belongs to Google Chrome, and its derivatives like Chromium.  Besides desktop versions, its user base includes Android tablets and smartphones.

The rise of Chrome

Why is Chrome popular?  Firstly, its integration with the Google Android OS and take up of Android OS devices.  Secondly, it has a host of tools good for web developers.  Thirdly, its synergy with Google Drive and the Google+ social network.  Fourthly, it is robust.  Today’s users automatically turn to Chrome instead of Internet Explorer, which is now the third most popular web browser.  Second place, with slightly more market share than IE, is Safari – helped in no small part by the success of iOS devices (figures incorporate mobile and desktop versions).

Back in 2008, the one browser which challenged Internet Explorer was Firefox. Today, Google Chrome has took a hit at their market share with the Mozilla Foundation fearing stagnation. Just to show you how Chrome has taken an unassailable lead, take a look at this visualisation by Viktor Bohush.

Seen above is how Google Chrome has gained ground over its desktop and mobile rivals. Also of note is Edge’s market share since August 2015, the default browser on Windows Mobile devices and later versions and Windows 8 onwards.

Viktor Bohush‘s other clips are worthy of viewing. These include worldwide smartphone market share and Windows market share since 2008. His four clips are well worth a view over a brew or two. We love the ambient music and the changing colours.

Worldwide Browser Market Share, November 2015.

Desktop and Tablet Browser Share

  • Chrome: 54.27%;
  • Internet Explorer (all versions): 15.45%;
  • Firefox: 14.70%;
  • Safari (both iPad and desktop): 9.34%;
  • Others: 3.26%;
  • Opera: 1.77%;
  • Edge: 1.21%.

Mobile Browser Share

  • Chrome: 37.42%;
  • iPhone: 17.94%;
  • UC Browser: 16.94%;
  • Android: 11.73%;
  • Opera Mini/Mobile: 11.37%;
  • IE Mobile: 2.04%;
  • Others: 2.56%.


The Manchester SEO Company
, 14 December 2015.

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