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Chrome Surpasses Firefox

The year 2011 not only went good for Google’s mobile OS Android, but also for Google’s web browser Chrome as well. Both these products from Google enjoyed a good steady growth in year 2011. StatCounter stats reveal that Chrome jumped from 15% market share a year ago to 27% market share at the end of December, 2011. Google’s Chrome finished the year with two points above Firefox’s 25% which is lowered from 31% a year ago. Interestingly, Google has recently revised its deal with Firefox to keep its Google search engine default on the Firefox for next three years. The deal finalized for $1 billion.

However, the data collected from other sources interpret some different stories. For instance, the data collected by NetMarketShare reveals that Chrome is still slightly behind the Firefox. According to the data, Chrome finished year 2011 with 19% market share compared to 22% market share for Firefox. However, the research firm did say that the Chrome is continuously growing in numbers, while Firefox is experiencing a decline in its user-base. In addition to this, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is also losing popularity.

Surprisingly, Google has failed to keep the same trend for its mobile Android browser, which is miniaturized by the mobile Safari across iOS devices with 53% to 16% market share. On the desktop, Safari is way too behind to the IE, Firefox and Chrome. The Internet Explorer is currently having the market share from 39% (StatCounter) to 52% (NetMarketShare). Now it depends on you which research firm you consider more authenticate over other.

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