‘Browser wars’: Chrome continues to dominate but loses ground for the first time

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After a decade, the Google  Chrome browser is still the leader , but for the first time in ten years it has lost ground to the rest of its competitors. Although the enormous and practically insurmountable distance that it presents in front of the others does not suppose a great threat for the browser most used today to surf the Net.

The data offered by a recent Statcounter report shows the following classification in terms of market share of Internet browsers:

-Chrome (Alphabet/Google): 64.9%

-Safari (Apple): 9.77%

-Edge (Microsoft): 9.60%

-Firefox (Mozilla): 9.46%

-Operates: 2.8%

In these results stands out (for the worse) the strong fall of Firefox , the Mozilla browser that seemed destined to become a reference alternative (it even reached a more than remarkable 30% market share a decade ago) compared to then Microsoft’s unbeatable Internet Explorer. In fact, in 2019, and for the first time in its history, the Mozilla Corporation experienced a loss, with a 20% drop in revenue, reflecting an 85% decline in browser usage over the last ten years.

This data refers only to the use of these browsers on desktop and desktop computers, excluding mobile devices , since the iOS and Android ecosystems play by different rules. Thus, although there are practically the same browser alternatives in iOS and Android , the operating systems themselves direct the user to default options.

Beyond these browsers and the overwhelming dominance of Chrome, very minority alternatives are gradually emerging but with a solid base of loyal users. This would be the case of browsers such as Brave (which has already exceeded 36 million users worldwide) and others such as DuckDuckGo or Vivaldi, which are committed to greater respect for user privacy.

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