Google Chrome becomes top browser for a day

Worldwide downloads exceeded Internet Explorer last Sunday

March 22, 2012
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Google Chrome became the world’s most downloaded web browser – albeit for just a very brief period, one day in fact.

That day was the Sunday just gone, when according to StatCounter’s global measurements, Chrome topped the charts in India, Russia and Brazil, making for a worldwide push into the number one spot ahead of Internet Explorer.

It would seem that weekend usage sees a peak in download activity for Chrome, which explains this one-off event.

Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter, explained: “While it is only one day, this is a milestone. Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however 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.”

According to StatCounter’s figures, Chrome has edged in front of Firefox in terms of global market share, but is still some way off Internet Explorer. Net Applications, on the other hand, still has Chrome just behind Firefox.

Lately, Chrome’s market share has stagnated following a great deal of upward movement last year. The levelling off at the start of 2012 was due to a penalty Google imposed on itself for violation of promotion guidelines regarding the Chrome site.

However, it seems that is now a thing of the past, and Chrome will be on its way up once again in the next set of monthly figures.


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