Could it be that the onslaught of Chrome browser usage is being triggered by heavy Chromebook adoption?
StatCounter says that one in five Web users now chooses the Chrome browser. At the same time, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is trending downward from 53 percent usage in 2010 to 44 percent in June 2011.
Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter says: “It is a superb achievement by Google to go from under three percent two years ago to over 20 percent today. While Google has been highly effective in getting Chrome downloaded, the real test is actual browser usage, which our stats measure.”
StatCounter reports that Mozilla’s Firefox is still holding up well with 28 percent browser share while Apple’s Safari sits at slightly over 5 percent, and Opera registers with 1.74 percent.
Chrome’s popularity will continue to rise as Google adds more Web tools and applications that allows for closer integration with the browser. The Google+ social networking service will obviously help and the boost experienced when the Samsung Chromebooks hit the market in mid-June is still making an impact. That momentum will build when the Acer AC700 makes a debut on July 11.