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Chrome achieves 10% world browser share

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Google’s web browser Chrome has gained its highest ever figures for global browser usage, according to internet measurements company Net Applications.

The figures – applicable from December 2010 to January 2011 – show that Chrome made a 7.2% gain, reaching a 10.7% total market share. Chrome’s current height of a 10.7% is more than double its 5.22% total market share in January 2009, and the browser is the only one that is consistently making increased, market gains.

Google’s selling of Chrome has been extensive, with many opportunities for the search giant to advertise given its internet dominance. But away from the virtual domain, it has even been rumoured that there will be an advert for Chrome within the next Super Bowl. The company has also run extensive promotions at major shopping centres, such as Westfield in London.

Chrome’s fast upgrade cycle – the browser started 2010 with its 3.0 version, but finished the year with version 10.0 – could also explain its market growth.

Internet Explorer’s (IE) global browser market share is down overall by 1.9% in the last month, despite the increase in demand for its latest browser IE8. However, the defection of users from IE6 and IE7 – both falling by 1.63% and 0.47% respectively – is likely to have boosted Chrome’s all-time high figures.

A busy few weeks for Google

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Having recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday (watch this space for details of NSDesign’s 10th birthday early next  year), Google continues to be busy on the development front, releasing a number of new products and services recently.

Two of my favourites so far – Google Chrome – their new web browser, and Mail Googles, a fun addition to their GMail platform that might save a few people from sending the occasional dodgy email late on a Friday night while under the influence…

Chrome is big news in the web world – 1) Because it’s a new browser from Google, and 2) Because it brings with it the possibility of another browser war, with Google’s rivalry with Microsoft stronger than ever.

We’ll post our own review of Chrome soon, but for now, suffice to say that Google’s first effort into the world of browsers does a decent job, and most importantly, seems to be pretty much standards-compliant (being based on the Webkit engine which powers Apple’s Safari) which should save a few headaches from a design/development point of view.  Read Bruce Lawson’s “On Google Chrome” for a more detailed evaluation and opinion.

A million miles from the “strategic move” that is Chrome, Google also announced Mail Googles.  Had it been April 1st I’d have thought it a joke, but think about it a little deeper, and it’s really not a bad idea!..  We’ve had many a domain order, placed at 3am (you know who you are!) from customers returning from the pub…  Many of which are on the phone next day trying to ask for their money back…  “Can I get a refund for ScottyKingofBeer.com please?  I don’t really remember ordering it…  Maybe we’ll follow Google and introduce something similar…  then again….