After a decade the Google browser Chrome remains the leaderbut for the first time in ten years it has lost ground to its competitors. Although the huge and almost insurmountable gap with the others does not pose much of a threat to the most widely used browser for surfing the Web today.
Chrome reached 73% share in 2018
Data offered by a recent Statcounter report yields the following ranking in terms of Internet browser market share:
-Chrome (Alphabet/Google): 64,9 %
-Safari (Apple): 9,77 %
-Edge (Microsoft): 9,60 %
-Firefox (Mozilla): 9,46 %
-Opera: 2,8 %
In these results, the following stand out (for the worse) the sharp fall of Firefox, the Mozilla browser that seemed called to become a reference alternative (it even reached a more than remarkable 30% market share a decade ago) against the then unbeatable Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. In fact in 2019, and for the first time in its history, the Mozilla Corporation experienced losses, with a drop in revenue of 20%, reflecting a decline in browser usage of 85% over the last ten years.
This data refers only to desktop and desktop usage of these browsers, leaving out mobile devicesbecause 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, there is a gradual emergence of very minority alternatives but with a solid base of loyal users. This would be the case of browsers such as Brave (which has already surpassed 36 million users worldwide) and others such as DuckDuckGo or Vivaldi, which are committed to greater respect for privacy of users.