At Google I/O Thursday, vice president for Chrome and apps Sundar Pichai described Chrome as the world’s most popular browser. To celebrate, the company just posted a video to YouTube that illustrates Chrome’s journey since its launch in September 2008.
Pichai, and Google’s history lesson video, both claim 310 million Chrome users worldwide. The video doesn’t claim a source, and Pichai was pretty vague about sourcing, according to reports from the conference.
The digital analytics service StatCounter backs up Google’s claim to the throne, however. Over the past six weeks, Chrome just edged out Internet Explorer in web traffic served.
According to StatCounter, Chrome accounted for 32.68% of the world’s total web traffic over that time, compared to 32.05% for Internet Explorer. So far this week, StatCounter says, the respective numbers are 32.92% for Chrome and 32.1% for Internet Explorer.
StatCounter’s numbers are taken from the pageview data of 3 million websites, and considered by many to be an accurate judge of browser popularity. But Net Applications, another service that looks at unique visitors to determine browser popularity, paints a different picture.
Its most recent data shows Internet Explorer with a commanding 54% of desktop browser market share. Chrome and Firefox each clock in at about 20%. Safari claims the vast majority of mobile and tablet browser share, according to Net Applications.
Not surprisingly, Microsoft considers Net Applications to the be the standard for determining browser popularity, and outlines why in this blog post.
The video, which features a breezy soundtrack in place of narration, shows press clippings, user milestones and the ways in which developers have helped grow Chrome into what it is today. It highlights additions such as the Chrome Web Store, WebGL compatibility and Google+ integration.
Which numbers do you trust most? Let us know in the comments.
Author: / Posted: 29-06-2012