Chrome poised to take No. 2 browser spot from Firefox
I dumped Firefox a couple of weeks back when I grew too frustrated with lockups and slow loads. The dumpage was exacerbated by a problem with the NIC card in my pc, but that problem — which made everything unbearably slow, clearly demonstrated the huge difference between the two browsers when it comes to resource usage.
Firefox suffers from creeping scope and feature adds, like internet Explorer it’s got so much built in that nothing really works well. Chrome’s stripped just “just the internet” approach makes is a screamer, and you can add just the features you want through apps.
Google’s Chrome is on the brink of replacing Firefox as the second-most-popular browser, according to one Web statistics firm.
Data provided by StatCounter, an Irish company that tracks browser usage using the free analytics tools it offers websites, shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take the No. 2 spot behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.
As of Wednesday, Chrome’s global average user share for September was 23.6%, while Firefox’s stood at 26.8%. IE, meanwhile, was at 41.7%.
The climb of Chrome during 2011 has been astonishing: It has gained eight percentage point since January 2011, representing a 50% increase.
During that same period, Firefox has dropped almost four percentage points, a decline of about 13%, while IE has also fallen four points, a 9% dip.
That means Chrome is essentially reaping all the defections from Firefox and IE.