Q 4. So just how many people use Google Chrome?


Like all statistical questions, this depends on who is counting, and what they are counting. Below is one representation of browser market share which puts Chrome miles ahead of its competitors. In just five years Chrome has gone from being on the devices of only 1.03% of users to being the browser of choice for 37 out of every hundred users. Firefox is still a popular browser, representing 23.2% of use, but of course it too is funded by Google with its $300 million a year deal to keep Google on their browser as default  search engine. This is possibly long-thinking from Google, who must have been watching closely Microsoft’s anti-monopoly lawsuits, resulting in a record fine in Europe in March 2013 of £484 million for failing to allow users sufficient choice when using Windows. Microsoft “apologised” for the “technical error” which meant that one update to their software did not allow a user to choose a different browser. Similarly, Google is to pay Apple, on a per-device deal, $1 billion in 2014, if Apple device sales continue as they have been doing. Google must be hopeful of avoiding the criticism of monopolising the browser market.

The market trend is perhaps more illuminating. While Opera (also funded by Google) stands relatively still over the last 18 months, we can see that Safari is growing modestly, but still not completing with the big players. Firefox is losing market share as Chrome increases its share, having overtaken Internet Explorer around April 2012.