Browser Trends August 2015: Chrome Exceeds 50%

In last month’s browser chart, Chrome had been struggling to jump above 50% usage. The browser fares better in July’s StatCounter statistics

Worldwide Desktop & Tablet Browser Statistics, June to July 2015

The following table shows browser usage movements during the past month.

Browser June July change relative
IE (all) 18.49% 17.18% -1.31% -7.10%
IE11 11.33% 10.84% -0.49% -4.30%
IE10 1.83% 1.73% -0.10% -5.50%
IE9 2.20% 1.95% -0.25% -11.40%
IE6/7/8 3.13% 2.66% -0.47% -15.00%
Edge 0.00% 0.05% +0.05% n/a
Chrome 49.77% 51.89% +2.12% +4.30%
Firefox 16.09% 15.68% -0.41% -2.50%
Safari 5.41% 4.20% -1.21% -22.40%
iPad Safari 5.14% 5.54% +0.40% +7.80%
Opera 1.62% 1.81% +0.19% +11.70%
Others 3.48% 3.65% +0.17% +4.90%

Worldwide Desktop & Tablet Browser Statistics, July 2014 to July 2015

The following table shows browser usage movements during the past twelve months:

Browser July 2014 July 2015 change relative
IE (all) 21.36% 17.18% -4.18% -19.60%
IE11 9.08% 10.84% +1.76% +19.40%
IE10 3.34% 1.73% -1.61% -48.20%
IE9 3.30% 1.95% -1.35% -40.90%
IE6/7/8 5.64% 2.66% -2.98% -52.80%
Chrome 45.39% 51.89% +6.50% +14.30%
Firefox 17.50% 15.68% -1.82% -10.40%
Safari 10.57% 9.74% -0.83% -7.90%
Opera 1.34% 1.81% +0.47% +35.10%
Others 3.84% 3.70% -0.14% -3.60%

(The tables show market share estimates for desktop browsers. The ‘change’ column is the absolute increase or decrease in market share. The ‘relative’ column indicates the proportional change, i.e. 22.4% of OS X Safari users switched browsers last month. There are several caveats so I recommend you read How Browser Market Share is Calculated and StatCounter vs NetMarketShare.)

Congratulations Google. Chrome leaped more than 2% in July and is now used by half of all desktop users — a figure not seen since IE’s “glory” days. While there’s little difference between the top browsers, Chrome is almost as good or slightly better than others in most areas. That said, there’s a new competitor on the block …

Microsoft’s new Edge browser was released with Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. It’s had minimal impact on the charts so far but that will change:

  1. Initial indications are promising. Edge is unobtrusive, very fast, looks good and has some interesting features.
  2. Edge will become your default browser in Windows 10 unless you change settings during the update or after installation.
  3. Legal restrictions have ended. Microsoft has served time, paid the fines and satisfied the US and EU regulators. Google and Apple now pose a bigger threat.

Look out for a full review of Edge on SitePoint soon.

The only other browser to increase market share this month was Opera. 0.19% may not sound much and the figures can fluctuate but the browser has reached a level not seen since 2012. I find myself turning to Opera regularly. It’s not the browser it once was, but it’s faster than Chrome and ideal for testing. Opera is reporting a 70% speed increase for version 31.

It was grim news for other vendors. All versions of IE dropped, Firefox slipped below 16% and Safari on OS X lost more than a fifth of users. The iPad version of Safari increased a little but it still lost 0.8% overall.

Worldwide Mobile Browser Statistics, June to July 2015

Mobile usage grew by a massive 3.2% last month to reach 39.48% of all web activity. That’s a huge leap. The summer months in the Northern hemisphere may be partly responsible but mobile usage rarely drops.

The top mobile browsing applications:

Mobile Browser June July change relative
Chrome 32.97% 33.82% +0.85% +2.60%
iPhone 18.84% 18.96% +0.12% +0.60%
Android 15.71% 15.16% -0.55% -3.50%
UC Browser 14.91% 14.93% +0.02% +0.10%
Opera Mini/Mobile 11.93% 11.63% -0.30% -2.50%
IEMobile 2.06% 2.11% +0.05% +2.40%
Others 3.58% 3.39% -0.19% -5.30%

The numbers may have risen but the browser share proportions remained mostly static. Chrome increase is offset by the drop in Android usage but it’s rapidly gaining on its desktop counterpart.

There is a large variety of mobile browsers but choice remains fairly limited. iPhone users are forced to use Safari (regardless of what they think they’re using). Chrome beats most competitors by a significant margin on Android. Windows users have few alternatives to IE Mobile and those with a feature phone won’t find better than Opera. Only UC Browser has made an impact — it’s owned and promoted by Alibaba which is huge in China and India (think Amazon, but 50% bigger!)

Those who upgrade regularly tend to stick with the OS they love and few try alternative browsers. However, the market is not kind to those who let their systems and browsers stagnate. Apple: do you really want to be the next Nokia or Blackberry? …

20 Awesome “Battle of the Browsers” Artworks

web browser artworks

There was a time when Internet Explorer defeated Netscape and became the most famous (or most used) Internet browser in the world. Well, you know what happened next, basically IE screwed up, letting righteous Mozilla Firefox take over (easily) as reigning champ. Then, Google Chrome joined the war, became a tough contender and swiftly dethroned Firefox.

web browser artworks
(Image Source: foice)

The war amongst the browsers is so famous that, users, who evidently have their own favorite browser in mind, have translated their thoughts about this epic war of the browsers into artforms. Here, we are showcasing 20 creative (and some amusing) artworks that depict the never-ending battle between the mighty browsers. Note: All of the artworks below do not express or represent any viewpoint or favouritism of any particular Internet browser.

Browseristas. Each browser has its own beautiful aura. Note the use of the colors to represent the browsers. (Image Source: eskimoie)

browseristas

Browser Battle. Only one will walk out the arena! And its the users who will decide the battle result. (Image Source: Konayashi)

browser battle

Browsers’ Battle. Google Chrome basically shocked the world when it slammed into the browser war so suddenly, just like what this artwork is trying to show. (Image Source: NYTimes)

browsers battle

Browser Trio. Long long time ago, there were 3 legendary browser dragons named Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome, who fought against each other to bring balance to the online realm. Genuine one, DragonarySilver. (Image Source: DragonarySilver)

browser trio

Browser Wars. Shoze is drawing what I currently see. I was once an Internet Explorer’s fan, you know. (Image Source: shoze)

browser wars

Firefox Fights Internet Explorer. If IE’s icon is as cool as what Derlaine8 drew below, it would have gained back some of its lost users! (Image Source: Derlaine8)

firefox fights internet explorer

Firefox vs Internet Explorer. With the rise of Internet Explorer 10, the winner of the battle is yet to be seen. But let’s not forget Google Chrome. (Image Source: Greg Bakes)

firefox vs internet explorer

Firefox vs Chrome. Painted by foice, this awesome artwork showed the truth – for now it’s really just a war between the firey fox and A.I. Chrome. (Image Source: foice)

firefox vs chrome

Firefox vs Google Chrome. Each has their own advantages, but only the one who focuses the most on users will win! (Image Source: crazyrems)

firefox vs google chrome

Fssss. Cool and expressive! Google Chrome is a ticking timebomb that makes IE look over its shoulders all the time. (Image Source: oneblog)

fssss

IE6 Denial Message. The odd one out. Every web designer knows that IE6 is such a bad boy, but for me IE7 somehow inherited its problematic genes. (Image Source: John Martz)

ie6 denial message

If Browsers Were Guns. Hey, I wonder which gun represents Internet Explorer? (Image Source: 9GAG)

if browsers were guns

If Browsers were Cats with Guns. When all else fails, use cats to deliver your message. (Image Source: Hill Top IT)

if browsers were cats with guns

If Browsers Were Celebrities. I agree with the opinion regarding Chrome, although Chrome’s more like Morgan Freeman to me! (Image Source: Walyou)

if browsers were celebrities

If Browsers Were Superheroes. Firefox is strong, Chrome is fast, don’t you agree? (Image Source: C-Section Comics)

if browsers were superheroes

If Browsers Were Transports. An honest review by CollegeHumor, ’nuff said! (Image Source: CollegeHumor)

if browsers were transports

Internet. This was what every web designer said to me, until Google Chrome joined the race. (Image Source: Haikera-Baiketsu)

internet

Internet Explorer’s 15th Birthday. Am I the only one who thought the HTML 5 gift is little bit sarcastic? (Image Source: Gizmodo)

internet explorer's 15th birthday

Mobile Browser Wars. How about a game of mobile browser wars! Judging by the interface, it should be fun! (Image Source: MobilityWire)

mobile browser wars

Which Web Browser Do You Like. I think I like all browsers then. (Image Source: You-Ta)

which web browser do you like

Reflection

Just like the mobile war between iOS, Android and Windows OS, the browser war would not yield a clear winner for as long as their creators continue to forge improvements for their users. I think this competition is really healthy, as in the end it’s the users who get to enjoy all the benefits. This is also a good lesson for designers and developers, that user-focused features and user experience are what truly matters.

I personally favor Google Chrome for its speed and clean interface! What’s your current favorite browser? Sound off at the comments section below.