Study: Chrome could overtake Firefox in browser wars

The web browser wars continue to shift and change as new versions are released. This week a new study claims that Google's Chrome web browser has made a huge leap in popularity and could overtake the long time number two web browser, Mozilla's Firefox, in the near future. Computerworld.com reports that according to the study from StatCounter, Chrome has seen its percentage of the total browser market go up by 8 percent in 2011.

That compares to Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox, which have seen their percentage of the browser market go down by 4 percent each so far this year. Currently IE has 41.7 percent of the total web browser market, followed by Firefox with 26.8 percent and Chrome not far behind at 23.6 percent. StatCounter says that if Chrome's rise in the browser market continues at this rate it will pass Firefox's market share sometime in December.

So why are browser users dumping IE and Firefox and embracing Chrome? Certainly the web browser's better performance overall has been a big factor with many users saying they believe Chrome is faster and has less bugs and security issues than IE or Firefox. Google has also been putting money behind marketing Chrome, including running television ads that show how Chrome works in relation to other Google products. Of course, Google would also like to see Chrome turn into its own operating system. The first Chromebooks started shipping earlier this summer; however, reviews of these Chrome-based laptops have been decidedly mixed so far.

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in the way that mozilla is pointing this browser, I wouldnt surprised that even safari will overtake it. The problem here started with ff4 and so on, even 7 is a trash.

ThePitt said,
in the way that mozilla is pointing this browser, I wouldnt surprised that even safari will overtake it. The problem here started with ff4 and so on, even 7 is a trash.

Safari overtaking Firefox? Snowball's Chance of that happening. There was no problems with FF 4 plus releases(was it perfect no), and FF 4 plus has been getting better. the latest release which is FF7 is a damn good one with improvements and all. your second part of your post is pure flame bait with no merit at all.

I switched back to Firefox on OS X ... and that says a lot, Chrome started getting very slow and sluggish if left open for long periods of time. I switched to Chrome when it first came out, from Firefox, and have always loved Chrome.

Me - Fast performance, account sync support and clean interface. No toolbars, no crap. Keep IE for compatibility testing and FF when I need a plugin or two (doesn't happen often).

I'm not going to get too deep into the flame war going on, but I just wanted to say that from what I've read, a lot of the Chrome user's comments are simply misconceptions on how Firefox's behavior should be. Chrome has lead a lot of innovation, but that does not mean that everything it does is right, in fact I feel like it does many things wrong and takes control out of the user's hands.

One prime misconception in this thread is that Chrome users are boasting about how Chrome immediately searches upon typing, and that Firefox waits. That is very WRONG to expect that behavior, as it is not intended to do that. Firefox has this thing called the Awesomebar that whips the pants off of every other browser's address bar. It's context based history search is remarkable, and I use it all of the time. I used to clear my history all the time, but now I rarely do, since I can get back to places I've been before so much faster with the Awesomebar than Google'ing/Bookmarks can. I do not want my browser to immediately start loading crap I don't want as soon as I start typing, I want it to start when I hit the Enter key. And yes, you can search from the address bar, that capability has been there long before Chrome has had it, you just had to edit an about:config option/use an add-on, but it is there by default now

And if you DO want instant loading (for both searching and history lookup), there is an add-on that will change the browser to instantly load what you're typing, or instantly load a link if you highlight the history item in the Awesome bar.

TL:DR Firefox does everything Chrome can and MORE, minus out of process tabs (HUGE memory loss for Chrome) and some difference in standards (may affect some more than others). Chrome is made to fit the "every day Joe" that doesn't want to fiddle with their browser, Firefox is made for those who care about maximizing their browsing experience. Chrome is not a bad browser, it is a very good browser, but it is also a very limited browser.

Anyways, end of my mini-rant.

CGar said,
I'm not going to get too deep into the flame war going on, but I just wanted to say that from what I've read, a lot of the Chrome user's comments are simply misconceptions on how Firefox's behavior should be. Chrome has lead a lot of innovation, but that does not mean that everything it does is right, in fact I feel like it does many things wrong and takes control out of the user's hands.

One prime misconception in this thread is that Chrome users are boasting about how Chrome immediately searches upon typing, and that Firefox waits. That is very WRONG to expect that behavior, as it is not intended to do that. Firefox has this thing called the Awesomebar that whips the pants off of every other browser's address bar. It's context based history search is remarkable, and I use it all of the time. I used to clear my history all the time, but now I rarely do, since I can get back to places I've been before so much faster with the Awesomebar than Google'ing/Bookmarks can. I do not want my browser to immediately start loading crap I don't want as soon as I start typing, I want it to start when I hit the Enter key. And yes, you can search from the address bar, that capability has been there long before Chrome has had it, you just had to edit an about:config option/use an add-on, but it is there by default now

And if you DO want instant loading (for both searching and history lookup), there is an add-on that will change the browser to instantly load what you're typing, or instantly load a link if you highlight the history item in the Awesome bar.

TL:DR Firefox does everything Chrome can and MORE, minus out of process tabs (HUGE memory loss for Chrome) and some difference in standards (may affect some more than others). Chrome is made to fit the "every day Joe" that doesn't want to fiddle with their browser, Firefox is made for those who care about maximizing their browsing experience. Chrome is not a bad browser, it is a very good browser, but it is also a very limited browser.

Anyways, end of my mini-rant.

completely agree my friend, im one of those that just dont like the tabs on the top, prefer menu bar, can i have themes on chrome? no nothing they force you into a single ui experience.. the speed its pretty relative, i dont think that chrome its faster on old machines that have less than 1gb of ram, where firefox its suited for every pc.

Firefox Nightly 10 rocks, I find it a lot much better than Opera, Chrome, IE and I don't use it for the add-ons actually I don't have any add-on.

And thusly, this is how fanboys came to be. Always jumping ship just because!!

The only time IE screwed itself up, other than slow updates, was IE7, otherwise it's ALWAYS been a perfectly good browser.

I use 4 different browsers regularly, Firefox and Chrome AREN'T any of them, mainly because of all their phoning home default bookmarks and such, but I've NEVER had any issues using IE.

Only on tech forums will you hear such geek speak as what is posted above. Most people in the real world don't have a clue what a Firefox or Chrome is.

All Internet Explorer stink (excluding ie9), png with transparency, inline-block, z-order, rounded border and some serious hack like to add X-UA-Compatible for the browser

Anthonyd said,
Firefox makes 100/100 on the newest acid3 test.

Chrome doesn't reach such a score.

U MAD Chromefan?

Why should most users give a rat's ass about acid3? They just want their browsers to work.

OMG MY BROWSER GETS 1 POINT HIGHER THAN YOURS IN THIS USELESS TEST! I WIN!

Really, who cares?

Do you realise that you don't have a clue what you're talking about? Chrome was one of the first browsers to complete the Acid3 test in its entirety. Firefox only passes now because the Acid3 test was modified to remove the SVG requirements. Even IE9 passes the Acid3 test now.

Firefox never supported the full Acid3 specification, not that it's particularly relevant any more.

I keep trying to switch to Chrome but I always close it and open up firefox within 10 minutes... And there is really no reason .. I do not use any addons

For a designer like me, the Firebug+Firefox combo is what I prefer best, Chrome has some lite version of it but it just isn't the same, besides I'm used to it.

Chrome is a good browser, I have it installed so that when someone wants to use my laptop to check something on the web, I give him Chrome. I uses to hate Internet explorer and Firefox was my primary browser but now, I fell for IE9, It does everything I want and it's really fast, with booting and switch or creating tabs... And when you add Delicious in it, it's just awesome...

I was previously using Firefox for quite some time, but switched to IE9 after giving it a trial, but kept Firefox as well. I tried Chrome a couple of weeks ago and it is now my default browser. Much, much faster than either of the others. Firefox is now totally removed with IE9 as my secondary browser. I'm really liking Chrome!

I like my browser to not look like a shoe that someone with one shorter leg may need to wear. Chrome looks like a big clumsy shoe to me. Firefox doesn't.

Oh, I LOVE web browser discussions! Everyone gets so caught up in their own opinions and herp derps their way across every chance to click 'Add Comment'.

I mean, read through the comments here (or any other browser discussion). Notice how so many people don't simply have a preferred browser--they claim to be using the only even remotely tolerable browser, and all others aren't simply 'not right for me', but in fact dreadful, painful, horrific experiences no man should ever have to suffer through.

Chrome fan? Firefox is a sluggish joke! IE is crap! Worthless piles of code!
Firefox fan? Opera fan? Shuffle the complaints among the other browsers however you see fit, just make sure you state clearly that you would rather sit on a pine cone made of used razor blades on a bumpy ride than have to molest the delicate sensibilities of your eyes with the sight of one of those other, lesser, 'so-called' browsers.

Because remember, this is a browser eat browser world, and being even one point less on a standards compliance test means you aren't actually compliant at all.

Not at the rate there they are making the browser so bloated and stupid. The new Canary version has so many problems on the Mac that's more like a major step back than an upgrade.

People complaining about firefox browser speed (slow sluggish, etc) usually have too much third party add-ons installed or there is something wrong in general with their windows install.

I've had friends convinced Firefox was slow and after looking at their computers and removing certain applications (spyware, scareware) it would start as fast as any of the other browsers.

I'm happy using Firefox.

I tried Opera, but it was incompatible with to many sites I visit often and saw little or no improvement with version updates.
For example it would not load the http://www.nintendo.nl website properly. Nintendo devices even come with an opera browser installed...go figure...

My first impression with Google Chrome was instant crash (fastest an application has crashed on me yet...)....so I did a uninstall immediately and never looked back. I was burned on the first attempt and not convinced.

p.s.
@ 120Mbit/s (with add blocking proxy) I don't think any browser is faster for the user experience, it feels just the same.
With my current setup IE9 even starts slower than FF. (just a second or so, not really a show stopper)
On slow connections you might "feel" the difference, an upgrade in connection speed will do more to affect the "feeling" than any browser could.

The add-ons are definitely a big problem with Firefox. One of the biggest problems was that developers found that they could make a lot of money from advertising by directing users to a web page with ads when the add-on was updated - this lead to add-ons being updated every day (FlashGot comes to mind). And this was compounded by the way Firefox handled (still handles?) add-on updates, as they're done on startup which can add a considerable delay to launch time. And they cause a lot of crashes too, as well as the infamous corrupted profile issue.

Mozilla should have been a lot stricter with add-ons, as they developed a reputation almost as bad as ActiveX.

I dunno. I love Chrome, but Firefox's addons are really nice. They're the reason I still make use of Firefox sometimes.

I've never found browsing with Firefox to be slow really. It's just loading it up that's always annoyed me. (just tried it right now, took 6 seconds to come up...)

I think Chrome has become so popular because it's so simple. It changed the way that people look at web browsers. Putting the tabs at the top made a lot of sense, as did simplifying the UI to just the navigation buttons and the config button. Then they bumped up the navigation bar text size, dropped the 'http://'; from being displayed and made it simple to use Sync to backup your bookmarks.

Meanwhile IE and Firefox have both made radical changes to their interfaces, which don't seem to make any sense. IE has tabs on the right, which restricts the size of the navigation bar; Firefox has a large orange button, which goes from being above the tabs when a regular window and in-line when maximised. Whereas Chrome deliberately went for a minimal interface and has been able to keep it very consistent. It also helps that Chrome offers better performance, stability and standards support.

vip said,
Google may lose a large customer base unless they fix this problem soon ... http://www.google.com/support/...=42d6ba02d7eed070&hl=en

It's supposed to be fixed as of today. Installed the stable series fine with MSSE.

Security Essentials Version: 2.1.1116.0
Antimalware Client Version: 3.0.8402.0
Engine Version: 1.1.7702.0
Antivirus definition: 1.113.599.0
Antispyware definition: 1.113.599.0
Network Inspection System Engine Version: 2.0.5854.0
Network Inspection System Definition Version: 9.315.0.0

shinji257 said,

It's supposed to be fixed as of today. Installed the stable series fine with MSSE.

Security Essentials Version: 2.1.1116.0
Antimalware Client Version: 3.0.8402.0
Engine Version: 1.1.7702.0
Antivirus definition: 1.113.599.0
Antispyware definition: 1.113.599.0
Network Inspection System Engine Version: 2.0.5854.0
Network Inspection System Definition Version: 9.315.0.0

It`s fixed as of database 1.113..672

I suppose it won't be that bad as long as Mozilla still has a significant influence on the Web. They are such an important charity for the Web's future, and I don't like the idea of two corporates owning the top two positions. Microsoft aren't evil any more, but there's always a chance that something bad will happen when the openness and health of Web is not their goal.

babyHacker said,
But can we do anything to get rid of the Firefox fanboys?

And how about the Chrome fanboys as well? Browsing is a matter of preference, neither opinion is fact.

babyHacker said,
But can we do anything to get rid of the Firefox fanboys?

I'm still a Firefox fanboy. I'm just a bigger Chrome fanboy.

I <3 technology.

I tried Firefox 7... didn't look at first faster than chrome, but I didn't gave a proper test on it. I also didn't use it for enough time.

Btw, is Firefox 3d accelerated? IE is right? Just asking, no throwing me of a bridge plz

You haven't been keeping in touch with browsers at all. Yes, FF has had hardware acceleration since version 4.

Panagiotis G. said,
have you see the new firefox 7 and firefox 8 beta? because both of them are better than chrome 14

Have you seen the new Chrome 15 and Chrome 16 Dev? Because both of them are better than Firefox #.

Anyways. Your opinion is not fact, I find Firefox to be horrid compared to Chrome but that doesn't make it fact, now does it?

Ninja Grinch said,

Have you seen the new Chrome 15 and Chrome 16 Dev? Because both of them are better than Firefox #.

Anyways. Your opinion is not fact, I find Firefox to be horrid compared to Chrome but that doesn't make it fact, now does it?

can u tell me the amount of memory chrome uses for you? because for firefox is half the memory chrome uses at the moment. and that what is counts. plus the letters are smoother along with the smooth scrolling makes ff better

Panagiotis G. said,
have you see the new firefox 7 and firefox 8 beta? because both of them are better than chrome 14

I disagree completely. Firefox is lagging behind in terms of standards support, security and performance, which has been the case for several years now. For example, open a new tab in both browsers and type in a word... Chrome goes straight to the search page, while Firefox spends five seconds 'looking up' the word before loading the same search page. As someone that used Firefox from back when it was known as Phoenix it's rather disappointing to see it fall behind.

And Chrome has a better interface. It may seem silly but the increased text size of the address bar makes a big difference, as does combining the search bar with the address bar. Plus it auto-updates without any user interaction and I never see any prompts about updating extensions, which drove me insane with Firefox.

Firefox isn't a bad browser. It just isn't the best anymore.

Panagiotis G. said,

can u tell me the amount of memory chrome uses for you? because for firefox is half the memory chrome uses at the moment. and that what is counts. plus the letters are smoother along with the smooth scrolling makes ff better


Yeah right.... /Sarcasm

Panagiotis G. said,

can u tell me the amount of memory chrome uses for you? because for firefox is half the memory chrome uses at the moment. and that what is counts. plus the letters are smoother along with the smooth scrolling makes ff better

I thought a stable, compatible and fast web browser was what counts. Who CARES how much memory it uses, with systems having 6-8 GB of RAM these days it's a ridiculous argument.

That said Firefox has been an outdated, slow and buggy POS for quite a long time now.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I disagree completely. Firefox is lagging behind in terms of standards support, security and performance, which has been the case for several years now. For example, open a new tab in both browsers and type in a word... Chrome goes straight to the search page, while Firefox spends five seconds 'looking up' the word before loading the same search page. As someone that used Firefox from back when it was known as Phoenix it's rather disappointing to see it fall behind.

And Chrome has a better interface. It may seem silly but the increased text size of the address bar makes a big difference, as does combining the search bar with the address bar. Plus it auto-updates without any user interaction and I never see any prompts about updating extensions, which drove me insane with Firefox.

Firefox isn't a bad browser. It just isn't the best anymore.


So a browser shouldn't resolve a string (without any space) entered into its url bar.

Sorry for the repost. I replied to the wrong comment and Neowin mobile doesn't allow deleting/editing comments.

Abhinav Kumar said,
So a browser shouldn't resolve a string (without any space) entered into its url bar..

My point is that Chrome responds immediately, whilst Firefox takes an extra five seconds and then produces the same result. Which approach do I prefer? The fast one.

theyarecomingforyou said,

My point is that Chrome responds immediately, whilst Firefox takes an extra five seconds and then produces the same result. Which approach do I prefer? The fast one.

Totally agree! That's why I gave up Firefox in the first place. It's gotten better, but Chrome is always ready to go when I am. I still love Firefox, and hope to see it get better, but it's easy to see why it's getting picked up and used so easily.

On top of that though, it's nice to see Chrome hold up in those Pwn-2-Own contests as well.

Xero said,
Chrome should overtake Firefox. WebKit is a much better rendering engine.

CSS 2.1 test suite results:
Gecko: 97.1% passed, 99.84% coverage
Trident: 98.89% passed, 99.99% coverage
WebKit: 89.58% passed, 99.87% coverage

source: http://test.csswg.org/suites/c...0110323/report/results.html

You were saying?

WebKit is far behind implementing a 7 year old widespread standard.

Firefox currently also fares better on the ECMA Test262 (JavaScript test suite).

source: http://www.tomshardware.com/re...-7-web-browser,3037-15.html

So, why do you think WebKit is the better rendering engine? And let's not start talking about the current fragmentation of WebKit considering the multitude of desktop and mobile versions, all supporting different feature sets.

with everyone drinking the chrome kool aid it will happen sooner or later, personally i think that the path that ie9 and chrome its following about the lack of customization and forced experience in a browser its just wrong. Also the whole chrome its faster or ie9 its faster seems to be only tested on benchmarks that dont represent the daily use or real world situations... Personally i think that opera its faster but overall experience firefox its still the best

I've been saying this ever since rumors started about a redesigned Internet Explorer: Microsoft singlehandedly destroyed its reputation. It doesn't matter how good Internet Explorer 9 actually is compared other browsers its name has simply been tainted over a period of many, many years. When people hear "Internet Explorer" they associate the term with slow, unsecured browsing, pop-up banners, malware etc. even if that might not be the case anymore today. The best thing Microsoft could do is simply ditch the name in favor of something else and give their browser a fresh start.
I firmly believe that Internet Explorer's name is its biggest handicap today. Even being a full-time Mac user Internet Explorer 9 definitely is my browser of choice when using Windows 7.

.Neo said,
I've been saying this ever since rumors started about a redesigned Internet Explorer: Microsoft singlehandedly destroyed its reputation. It doesn't matter how good Internet Explorer 9 actually is compared other browsers its name has simply been tainted over a period of many, many years. When people hear "Internet Explorer" they associate the term with slow, unsecured browsing, pop-up banners, malware etc. even if that might not be the case anymore today. The best thing Microsoft could do is simply ditch the name in favor of something else and give their browser a fresh start.
I firmly believe that Internet Explorer's name is its biggest handicap today. Even being a full-time Mac user Internet Explorer 9 definitely is my browser of choice when using Windows 7.

Microsoft also needs to ditch the idea of releasing a new version of IE only with the coming of a new Windows OS. People don't want to wait 2 years for a new release of the browser. Another problem with IE is that it's stuck with Microsoft's Patch Tuesday release schedule. With browsing, one month is too long to fix security holes that can affect you tomorrow.

I agree, no matter what I probably won't use IE again regularly. Although certainly what I have seen of IE10 is interesting, it is difficult to get away from the fact that without Firefox coming along MS could have cared less about IE.

After Firefox 7 a upsurge is seen , and i hope same will be for Firefox 8 (UI changes) and Firefox 9 (TypeInference and other UI changes) . Things "might" change"