According to StatCounter, a free web analytics and web research firm, Google’s Chrome web browser was the world’s most popular web browser, but only for one day. StatCounter’s research arm, StatCounter Global Stats, on Sunday 18 March 2012 Chrome was the most popular browser in India, Russia and Brazil which gave it worldwide number one status worldwide.
Web designers and interested web industry insiders are following the most recent round of browser wars with keen interest. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter commented on the achievement saying, “While it is only one day, this is a milestone,”
Most web industry watchers agree that although Chrome is rising in popularity it still faces an uphill battle to take the number one spot permanently. The global gap between IE and Chrome is narrowing but Chrome is firmly in second or third place in China, United States and Germany.
Mr Cullan noted an interesting trend is the weekend upsurge in Chrome web browser use. He attributes this to users being away from the workplace and having a free choice of which web browser to use.
“The trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE,” he said.
StatCounter data is based on over 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) to the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.
From the Desk of a Staffordshire Web Designer: Viewpoint
Philip Brassington, director at Staffordshire web design firm Rake Mark Web Design, wrote of the issues with IE8 and his subsequent move to Firefox over a year ago. At this time Firefox was still battling as the established number 2 web browser and Google Chrome was a new browser struggling for share.
Over the last few months he started to have memory issues with Firefox and having already ditched IE installed the Chrome web browser.
“Getting started with Chrome was not simple. It wasn’t intuitive to use at all, different to IE and Firefox web browsers.”
The Chrome web browsers seems to be taking a fresh look at using a web browser and rather than following certain web browser conventions, decided to re-invent the wheel, or in this case, the web browser. This fresh look without baggage seems to be working and word has spread with steady increase in the uptake of Chrome over the last 12 months.
“Chrome being a king for a day doesn’t surprise me at all. Once you get used to it Chrome is a massive improvement on other browsers and seems to be the model that IE9 is following. Whilst IE9 is a huge improvement on IE8, I’m now fully adopted to Chrome and there is no reason to move back”
Philip Brassington is a director and technical lead at Rake Mark Web Design Staffordshire. He lives and works in the county town of Staffordshire, which is Stafford, with his fellow director and wife, their three kids and their rabbit, flopsy.