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Chrome surpasses Safari in market share

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Jan 2010 0:37 User comments (23)

Chrome surpasses Safari in market share Google's Chrome browser has surpassed Apple's Safari in market share for the first time ever, according to the latest NetApplications stats, seeing large growth to move to 4.63 percent, just ahead of Safari's 4.46 percent. Overall, Chrome moved 18 percent from 3.93 in November.
Firefox declined to 24.61 percent, and Internet Explorer continued its long term downtrend, falling to 62.29 percent.

Chrome's big jump can mainly be attributed to the release of Chrome for Mac (beta) and the addition of official extensions for Windows users and continued delays by the Mozilla team.

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12.1.2010 8:14

AfterDawn's stats for the past 30 days:

1. Firefox (42.21%)
2. Internet Explorer (39.34%)
3. Chrome (8.59%)
4. Safari (5.76%)
5. Opera (2.55%)

There's a quite big difference whether you operate a "general audience" site and a "tech" site :-)

22.1.2010 10:28

Originally posted by dRD:
AfterDawn's stats for the past 30 days:

1. Firefox (42.21%)
2. Internet Explorer (39.34%)
3. Chrome (8.59%)
4. Safari (5.76%)
5. Opera (2.55%)

There's a quite big difference whether you operate a "general audience" site and a "tech" site :-)
That's because on a teche site people wif brains chose firefox!
:P

32.1.2010 10:34

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
That's because on a teche site people wif brains chose firefox!
:P
o_O LoL ~ Oh Zippy, Zippy, Zippy...there is so much comedy in that line I just have to laugh!
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42.1.2010 10:40

Originally posted by Oner:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
That's because on a teche site people wif brains chose firefox!
:P
o_O LoL ~ Oh Zippy, Zippy, Zippy...there is so much comedy in that line I just have to laugh!
Not as messed up as this one
http://forums.afterdawn.com/t.cfm/f-33/s...25044/3#4984399

:P

If I wanted to be really evil I could do this


Quote:
1. People with brains (42.21%)
2. Morons(39.34%)
3. Elitists (8.59%)
4. Posers(5.76%)
5. Snobs (2.55%)


:P
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Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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52.1.2010 11:04

Quote:
1. People with brains (42.21%)
2. Morons(39.34%)
3. Elitists (8.59%)
4. Posers(5.76%)
5. Snobs (2.55%)


Nah, not an elitist -- I just happen to be happy with rather old workhorse at the office (HP biz laptop with 2GHz P4 / 2GB) and Firefox is nowadays just ridiculously slow, whether you have plugins installed or not. Thus, Chrome. Sure, if I'd have the latest quad-core Intel as my _slowest_ PC, I probably wouldn't have made the switch. Then again, Chrome's built-in bookmark sync with my GMail account is already a good-enough reason to make the switch (IMO, a core functionality that has to be implemented via a plugin in most browsers).
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62.1.2010 11:37

Originally posted by dRD:
Quote:
1. People with brains (42.21%)
2. Morons(39.34%)
3. Elitists (8.59%)
4. Posers(5.76%)
5. Snobs (2.55%)


Nah, not an elitist -- I just happen to be happy with rather old workhorse at the office (HP biz laptop with 2GHz P4 / 2GB) and Firefox is nowadays just ridiculously slow, whether you have plugins installed or not. Thus, Chrome. Sure, if I'd have the latest quad-core Intel as my _slowest_ PC, I probably wouldn't have made the switch. Then again, Chrome's built-in bookmark sync with my GMail account is already a good-enough reason to make the switch (IMO, a core functionality that has to be implemented via a plugin in most browsers).
Well FF users were elitists until there were so many of them running from IE and all..... FF is a memory hog, can chrome flash block? can chrome have multi rows of book marks?

Will it bring over my bookmarks with the notes and text enact in their properties?

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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72.1.2010 13:02

Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
FF is a memory hog, can chrome flash block?
Yep.

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can chrome have multi rows of book marks?
Multirows, as in bookmark toolbar, I take it? If that is what you mean, then no, it works just like FF in that regard - one toolbar row, plus "more" button at the end of the row for the rest.

However, the "speed dial" new tab screen has proven to replace most of my bookmark needs lately.

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Will it bring over my bookmarks with the notes and text enact in their properties?
Try it, might help?-) Oh, also, if you fear for your soul and want to avoid Google, get the Chromium instead - pretty much the same product, just without Google-tie-in.
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82.1.2010 13:08

Originally posted by dRD:
Originally posted by ZippyDSM:
FF is a memory hog, can chrome flash block?
Yep.

Quote:
can chrome have multi rows of book marks?
Multirows, as in bookmark toolbar, I take it? If that is what you mean, then no, it works just like FF in that regard - one toolbar row, plus "more" button at the end of the row for the rest.

However, the "speed dial" new tab screen has proven to replace most of my bookmark needs lately.

Quote:
Will it bring over my bookmarks with the notes and text enact in their properties?
Try it, might help?-) Oh, also, if you fear for your soul and want to avoid Google, get the Chromium instead - pretty much the same product, just without Google-tie-in.
I'll try it if I have too...... on dailup for a day or 2 longer...

Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Lets renegotiate them.

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92.1.2010 13:12

Hey Zip, let me get you started on the right path hehe :P

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/networ...v4_0_266_0_beta

102.1.2010 13:13

Long ago i knocked up my own bookmarks page, basically just a standalone html file. It has multiple columns and a background image. This way i don't have to care which browser i'm using or what machine/which OS of a dual/triple boot i'm using on a machine. Granted the bookmarks can get very out of date this way/any update requires copying the file over to many machines; however i don't update the file often as it already has more than enough links, plus i just go to a search engine for most things which negates worrying about bookmarks anyway.
My favourite browser is FF, i used Opera for the longest time (across machines/OSes, and various other browsers in linux) but went back to FF again a while back. On newer machines i use FF 3.x and on slower ones FF 2.0.0.20. I can't personally get on with Chrome and can't stand IE, haven't been able to stand IE for donkeys years.

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112.1.2010 13:22

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Hey Zip, let me get you started on the right path hehe :P

http://www.afterdawn.com/software/networ..._0_beta


To the dark side it is....

122.1.2010 14:00
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I'm a tech, love gadgets, portable electronics and new fun stuff to try but can anyone tell me why on GOD's green earth I (or anyone for that matter) would feel compelled or any desire to use Chrome over Firefox/IE?

For all practical intents and purposes, people just want a browser that's compatible with general webpages and Firefox does that.

Does Chrome auto hack sites, put money in my bank account for surfing sites or gas up my car when I use it?

Chrome seems lame and anyone who jumps on it for any reason other than "just to check it out" seems lame too.

Can you say "NERDS"????

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132.1.2010 14:10

Originally posted by LissenUp:
I'm a tech, love gadgets, portable electronics and new fun stuff to try but can anyone tell me why on GOD's green earth I (or anyone for that matter) would feel compelled or any desire to use Chrome over Firefox/IE?

For all practical intents and purposes, people just want a browser that's compatible with general webpages and Firefox does that.

Does Chrome auto hack sites, put money in my bank account for surfing sites or gas up my car when I use it?

Chrome seems lame and anyone who jumps on it for any reason other than "just to check it out" seems lame too.

Can you say "NERDS"????
Same can be said for fire fox a few years ago....

142.1.2010 14:24

Originally posted by LissenUp:
I'm a tech, love gadgets, portable electronics and new fun stuff to try but can anyone tell me why on GOD's green earth I (or anyone for that matter) would feel compelled or any desire to use Chrome over Firefox/IE?
Because some of us have a job that involves using the Web for 90% of their working time -- and speeding up the loading of the pages and the browser itself (even when hooked up with 10/10 connection) is just good business.

Less time I have to wait for my browser to "come alive" (anyone with less than 4 gigabytes of memory and Firefox open 24/7 knows what the term "memory hog" means), the more time I can spend on stuff that matters.

That's my reasoning :-) For some people, Firefox will be more productive for various reasons -- for me, Chrome's lightweight approach saves time and therefor, money (Opera does the same, but for some reason, I don't like Opera's GUI).

Then again, there are still people out there using IE6 too... And that's just scary :-)

152.1.2010 14:51

Quote:
Originally posted by LissenUp:
I'm a tech, love gadgets, portable electronics and new fun stuff to try but can anyone tell me why on GOD's green earth I (or anyone for that matter) would feel compelled or any desire to use Chrome over Firefox/IE?
Because some of us have a job that involves using the Web for 90% of their working time -- and speeding up the loading of the pages and the browser itself (even when hooked up with 10/10 connection) is just good business.

Less time I have to wait for my browser to "come alive" (anyone with less than 4 gigabytes of memory and Firefox open 24/7 knows what the term "memory hog" means), the more time I can spend on stuff that matters.

That's my reasoning :-) For some people, Firefox will be more productive for various reasons -- for me, Chrome's lightweight approach saves time and therefor, money (Opera does the same, but for some reason, I don't like Opera's GUI).

Then again, there are still people out there using IE6 too... And that's just scary :-)
Its like Utorrent and azures/vuze , some people like a lightweight,fast and efficient program and some prefer slow bloated and annoyingly annoying pretty.

I know I like my shiny myself....oooo shiny 0-o

tho in anything else but OS and browsing I go for the less pretty/shiny for some strange reason =0-o=.

162.1.2010 15:09

Originally posted by LissenUp:
I'm a tech, love gadgets, portable electronics and new fun stuff to try but can anyone tell me why on GOD's green earth I (or anyone for that matter) would feel compelled or any desire to use Chrome over Firefox/IE?

For all practical intents and purposes, people just want a browser that's compatible with general webpages and Firefox does that.

Does Chrome auto hack sites, put money in my bank account for surfing sites or gas up my car when I use it?

Chrome seems lame and anyone who jumps on it for any reason other than "just to check it out" seems lame too.

Can you say "NERDS"????
Chances you have ever tried Chrome? Slim to none. I use both FF and Chrome, but honestly, most of my Internet time is spent here at aD, and the site opens faster in Chrome (as do ALL other sites). FF has better addons, true, and I'm more familiar with its interface and background options/preferences but Chrome is excellent as well.

172.1.2010 16:07

Nevermind Chrome, everyone should use SRWare Iron. Great ad blocking and very private :)

183.1.2010 13:24

I tried chrome and I tried to like it, but the only thing it had going for it was that the chrome browser opens quicker than firefox. I've got no problem waiting 15 seconds for firefox to open the very first time I use it after booting up by system.

Pages load practically at the same rate with both browsers. The lack of plugins is what killed chrome for me. I tolerated all those shitty ads on most webpages for about a month with it and then said screw this, back to firefox.

The firefox memory hog problem isn't really much of a problem at all if you've got 2gb of ram. If you do and firefox is using 700mb of ram, other system files and such should be using 300mb or so, still leaving you with over a gig of ram free. Yes 700mb of ram being used by a browser is kind of ridiculous though.

193.1.2010 13:57

Chrome is nice and fast and all...but.......I just can't use it without mutli row bookmark toolbar, a better spell checker that gives more word replacement suggestions(FF handles zippy speak better) and flash block...good god I need flash block ><

203.1.2010 14:26

Originally posted by bomber991:
The firefox memory hog problem isn't really much of a problem at all if you've got 2gb of ram. If you do and firefox is using 700mb of ram, other system files and such should be using 300mb or so, still leaving you with over a gig of ram free. Yes 700mb of ram being used by a browser is kind of ridiculous though.
I agree that most of us should NOT have a problem with memory hog issues. That being said tho, I have 3GB of ram on this system, and just opened Chrome and FF with the same 3 tabs and FF is taking up 180MB and Chrome taking 70MB...I really wish I could understand why the giant difference.

213.1.2010 14:46

Quote:
Originally posted by bomber991:
The firefox memory hog problem isn't really much of a problem at all if you've got 2gb of ram. If you do and firefox is using 700mb of ram, other system files and such should be using 300mb or so, still leaving you with over a gig of ram free. Yes 700mb of ram being used by a browser is kind of ridiculous though.
I agree that most of us should NOT have a problem with memory hog issues. That being said tho, I have 3GB of ram on this system, and just opened Chrome and FF with the same 3 tabs and FF is taking up 180MB and Chrome taking 70MB...I really wish I could understand why the giant difference.
I also notice that chrome dose not have to think about loading a page it just loads it.

It could be a memory optimization issue in mozzila or just how the core software works.

223.1.2010 15:05

I have my main (4GB of RAM, but 32-bit OS so i only see most of the 4GB) linux box running for at least 12 hours every single day and whilst FF (3.5.x) does indeed use between 130MB and a couple hundred meg of RAM, so what ?, i tend to also run a second browser too (usually Opera or a.n.other), Seti@Home and many other apps for that 12 hours. No memory leaks or memory shortages here.

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234.1.2010 14:18

Yeah sites do appear to load faster in Chrome (and Safari and Opera) but FF gives me options for leeching YouTube videos, screenshots, viewing page source in a custom application of my choice, weather, bookmark backup plus sync to multiple machines, split tabs, ad blocking, and so on.

FF has a memory leak, but only if you leave it open all day, for many days, multiple tabs and usually a memory intensive web application (flash). Just close it and restart the program; no biggie.

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