Doing a quick poll in the office, it turns out that around 80% of htxt.africa makes use of Google’s Chrome browser. Being punted by the search engine giant as the fastest browser around, and having a plethora of benefits when paired with your Google sign-in, it seems that less people use it than one might think.

According to research and analysis company Net Market Share, Chrome users account for only 21.19% on desktop computers. The worldwide combined market share in September this year was a mere 17.69%. While it might seem like a small percentage, it’s not all doom and gloom as the browser’s share has actually been on a steady increase since May this year.

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[Image – Ars Technica]
So you might be wondering who is on top as the most used browser in the world? If you guessed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, you would right on the money. According to the research and internet digging done by Net Market Share, almost 60% of internet users asked IE to do their searching and browsing in September.

The percentage of users have been steady for the last 12 months, indicating the users are pretty happy with what they are getting. There is a massive gap between top position and the rest of the pack, as the rest of the browser market share is made up of Chrome (21%), Mozilla’s Firefox (14.8%), and Safari (5%).

In terms of mobile browsers, the picture looks pretty much the same for Chrome, as it enjoys a 21.48% of the market share, while the Android browser occupies 20.7 – but the big winner in the mobile space is Apple’s Safari with 44.63%.

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[Image – Ars Technica]
But just as with the desktop version, the mobile version of Chrome is actually on a massive increase, as it has been adding new users in the last 12 months. August this year was the first time that it overtook Android browser in market share.

Ars Technica has a number of really interesting graphs and charts over on their website, so click here if you want to see colourful trajectories and pie charts.

[Source, Image – Ars Technica]
Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.