Vice president for Chrome and apps Sundar Pichai described Chrome as the world's most popular browser, at the I/O conference on Thursday. The company posted a video to YouTube to illustrate Chrome's journey since its launch in September 2008.
Pichai, and Google’s history lesson video, both claim 310 million Chrome users worldwide. It doesn't have a source to it though.
The digital analytics service StatCounter backs up Google’s claim to the throne, however. Over the past six weeks, Chrome just edged out Internet Explorer in web traffic served.
StatCounter says that Chrome accounted for 32.68% of the world’s total web traffic over that time, compared to 32.05% for Internet Explorer. So far this week, StatCounter says, the respective numbers are 32.92% for Chrome and 32.1% for Internet Explorer. That's a close race!
StatCounter’s numbers are taken from the pageview data of 3 million websites, and is considered to be an accurate judge of browser popularity. Net Applications, another service that looks at unique visitors to determine browser popularity is painting a different picture.
Its most recent data shows Internet Explorer with a commanding 54% of desktop browser market share. Chrome and Firefox each are in at about 20%. Safari claims the vast majority of mobile and tablet browser share, according to Net Applications.
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