Chrome unseats Safari as third most popular Internet browser

June 28, 2010
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Google Chrome last week unseated Apple Safari for the first time as the third most used Internet browser in the United States, according to figures released Monday by StatCounter.

"This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10 percent of the US market in under two years," StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen said in a release.

"There is a battle royal going on between and Apple in the Internet browser space (Chrome vs. Safari) as well as in the mobile market ( vs. iPhone)."

Chrome had 8.97 percent of the US browser market in the week that ended Sunday, topping Safari's 8.88 percent, StatCounter reported.

Safari lost an approximately 1.5 percent lead it had on Chrome two months earlier.

Firefox remained the second most popular with 28.48 percent of people using the free, open-source browser. Internet Explorer (IE) reigned supreme with 52 percent of US Internet users surfing with the software.

Globally, Chrome remained in a solid third place with 9.44 percent of the browser market and slowly closing the gaps with second-place Firefox, which had slightly more than 31 percent, and IE with 52.78 percent.

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2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 28, 2010
hmm... w3schools dot com says firefox has almost 47% of the pie.
not rated yet Jun 28, 2010
Google Chrome is a great browser. I won't use any others but Chrome.
not rated yet Jun 29, 2010

I don't think firefox has ever been greater than 25%
not rated yet Jun 29, 2010
IE is number one? That just shows that much of the U.S. population is not very tech savvy. 10 minutes with Chrome or Firefox will instantly sway the holdouts. They probably still use AOL.

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