Chrome pips Firefox in the UK browser war

1 August 2011

firefoxInternet Explorer may by the browser of the cave-dwelling dunderhead, it is still the most popular in the world, proving that popularity doesn't always mean greatness (just look at the amount of flies you get around the dung heap).

While IE sits at the top, mainly because its the browser that all PCs have installed into them (and thereby, for the most part, being the browser you used to download different ones), which is in second place?

Well, for a while it has been Mozilla's Firefox. However, that's been knocked off the second-place spot in the UK by Google's Chrome. Some people with too much time on their hands have deduced that Google's browser grabbed a 22.1% share, edging out Firefox's 22%.

"Chrome continues to make significant gains in the browser market going from under 4% two years ago to over 20% today," says StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen. "Despite falling market share, Internet Explorer still leads in the browser war, but the next few months will be interesting to watch with Chrome and Firefox almost neck and neck."

That said, worldwide, Firefox is still ahead of Chrome in the rankings with IE still being the most popular in the world. Concerning the latter, it isn't all good news as it has been reported and analysed that the Microsoft browser's share is down 61% from two years ago.

It isn't surprising that Firefox's share has slipped. They've invariably taken their eye off the ball as they set out to release an open-source OS for smartphones, leaving the rest of us to stare at that lovely screen which Firefox has been throwing at us more frequently than ever which says "Oops! Something went wrong!"

TOPICS:   Technology

11 comments

  • Stringer B.
    I use Firefox, but have to admit that i am finding Firefox 5 slow and faulty....
  • Marky M.
    I always used to use Firefox - right until I tried Chrome. Love its speed and stability.
  • kv
    i'll never use chrome, it's too bigbrotherish
  • The B.
    I upgraded on machine to FF4 and didn't like it and so am running 3.6 on all the others, I haven't even tried 5 not least because I can hear those that do swearing from across the office.
  • Simon
    For those finding Firefox 5 dog slow, and Chrome a security/privacy nightmare (it sends all your browsing history to Google), why not give Opera a shot. It's faster than Chrome, it's a gazillion times faster than Firefox, and you won't be labeled a braindead cretin for using it like Internet Explorer owners.
  • SimonG1
    For those finding Firefox 5 dog slow, and Chrome a security/privacy nightmare (it sends all your browsing history to Google), why not give Opera a shot. It's faster than Chrome, it's a gazillion times faster than Firefox, and you won't be labeled a braindead cretin for using it like Internet Explorer owners.
  • Strnger B.
    @ The Real Bob FF5 is shite. Continually freezing and buggy as fuck.
  • FFS
    Finally fucked off Firefox as I got tired with it spontaneously jarring up on me, often requiring a forced close and restart- plus it takes an aeon to load all my tabs. Google Chrome does not do this. Once I found a way around Chrome's lack of native Live RSS support and added a 'Go' button, I was all set. Firefox was better than IE, but Chrome is better than Firefox.
  • tiderium
    only reason chrome is getting the 2nd place these days is the intrusive way it is bundled with so many free downloads, and if your not paying attention you end up with it as your browser. very sneaky
  • TechLogon
    I haven't seen any speed/stability issues with FF5 but Mozilla's mistake is in trying to make it look more like Chrome. Google is ubiquitous and they 'bundle' Chrome with anything that moves so of course it has grown rapidly. Mozilla should have just accepted that and moved on, improving Firefox existing features (and memory management). Instead they changed to a rapid development lifecycle (like Chrome) and removed core features/toolbars (ditto) that forced users to hunt for addons just to replace them. At this rate even more people will desert Firefox - if it looks just like Chrome, why not cut out the middle man?
  • jolin
    My RAM is only 1G.my pc works too hard when I run chrome. Don’t know why people love using it? However, avant browser works fine in my PC. Maybe it has something to do with RAM.

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