StatCounter: Google Chrome is dominating the browser industry

By David Tom
Jul 9, 2013
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  1. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,098   +1,189

    This could have been avoided if Mozilla hadn't decided to start a rapid version acceleration program with Firefox.

    I don't use Firefox regularly and never have, but I'm not blind either. Firefox started loosing users when their browser lost add-on compatibility during bimonthly version lifespans. Creators of browser extensions, couldn't (or wouldn't be bothered) keep up with all the consecutive minor upgrading.

    As far as Chrome goes, I'll go back to using IE before I'll ever consider using Chrome. Now that Opera is based on a Chromium, I may not be using Opera for much longer either. I would consider Firefox, but they have to stop the rapid version acceleration first.
  2. @ cliffordcooley : Even before this minor issue was fixed, all you had to do was extract the xpi as a zip, then edit the set version number with notepad (voila). That being said, this is an old and resolved issue. Now Mozilla's website automatically checks for actual compatibility issues after a browser update. The vast majority of addons now continue to function after browser updates.
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  3. SirGCal

    SirGCal TechSpot Member Posts: 79   +20

    Actually no, the latest FF beats Chrome in the speed tests also. IT quite easily won the last grand prix tests. I personally can't stand Chrome.

    As for addons, I have no problems with any of the addons I've used since like FF 10... So I'm not exactly sure where that argument comes from... ? Plus, you always have the option to just not do the update...
  4. And Chrome for 64x systems. It works well enough, I guess, but...?
  5. sapo joe

    sapo joe TechSpot Member Posts: 80

    I'll keep Firefox Nightly x64 here...

  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,040   +223

    @everybody: walk softly and carry a big stick.

    Use what YOU LIKE and ignore this P***ing contest. There's no blue ribbon for first (or last) place.

    YAWN ;0
  7. You think your data is secure when using a browser created by a company whose very existence is based upon the wholesale extraction and selling off of every last bit of information they can gather about you? Might want to think again, there...
  8. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,197   +555

    Ha, Opera is lower than Other. :(
  9. Can MS to ask EU return the $$$
  10. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TechSpot Booster Posts: 656   +35

    I prefer Chrome, I used IE and it was horrible and slow. I switched to Safari, crashed everyday. I switched to firefox nothing would work, and it felt so sluggish. Tried Opera but uninstalled it right after. For me chrome has everything I need and generally doesnt give me any problems.
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  11. Agreed with the rapid updates, they CAN be nice, but they should institute what many linux distros do a long term release or short term. this way programs can be written for the long term and maintain compatibility without a lot of work from devs. That being said I HATE how much data chrome mines from me, if it wasnt for the fact that this computer cant handle FF's memory leak I would never use it. To other users:yes FF has an initial smaller footprint, the real issue is when you are using the same browser over 3+ hours. It gets so bad that it will crash from its memory leak, having soaked up all my ram. Still the second I get a new PC it will never know chrome or IE. even if its password saving routine is horrid(which I dotn use with any browser anyway) its ability to be tweaked on the fly and privacy are top notch. The other upside is that they update frequently ensuring zdays have very little impact.
  12. p51d007

    p51d007 TechSpot Booster Posts: 267   +35

    For me, it's TONS faster than Pale Moon, IE or Firefox. THAT is the reason it is better.
    wastedkill likes this.
  13. By leaving out Windows XP users from installing the latest versions of IE, Microsoft effectively donated 30-40% of the PC Crowd, looking for a modern browser experience, to Chrome.
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  14. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Addict Posts: 776   +155

    When your ISP's and government are actively collecting your data you seem to realize that google possibly selling your data is nothing compared to what happens behind closed doors else where.
    Nothing you can really do about it except wait for the next big internet.

    Plus chrome is currently the best out of all browsers at the moment having tried IE, FF, Opera, Safari, chrome is miles better.
  15. Lamont Briggs

    Lamont Briggs Newcomer, in training

    Chrome is best! Or something chrome based like the torch browser, or opera. Has to be chrome related though!!
  16. Puiu

    Puiu TechSpot Booster Posts: 991   +82

    For now google has the best if you want to watch youtube and use gmail, but when it comes to memory and pages loading correctly you have to use firefox. this is why use firefox as my main and switch to chrome when I need to.

    having both is having the best of both worlds.
  17. ypsylon

    ypsylon Newcomer, in training Posts: 38   +6

    Google can dominate all they want. I don't use ANY Google trojans and never will. They can choke it.

    I couldn't care less that Opera is near 0%. Will use Opera 12.14 as long as it is possible. Since first shareware version I tried & bought (3.0) no other browser came even close.
  18. gkubed

    gkubed Newcomer, in training


    But seriously, Chrome was awesome for a while but Google's blatant information sharing has turned me off. I trust my data with Mozilla since they actually value their users information and happiness.

    IAMTHESTIG TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 358   +30

    Businesses will probably continue to avoid third party browsers until they can control it with powerful and heavily customizable group policy objects for active directory. I would like to use Chrome for my 500+ users, but I can't control it on my network so they have to use IE.
  20. I like Chrome because it is faster and easier to use. I used Firefox but constantly freezes so I installed Chrome. The only problem with Chrome is that Adobe Flash crash which happens too often.
  21. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce Newcomer, in training Posts: 59

    And this is the reason why Firefox continues to rip Chrome features and constantly cause people like me havoc whenever there's a new release.

    As for Chrome; until it allows much more customization (to Firefox's level) and stops running a dozen processes and taking up MORE RAM than Firefox, I will never use it.

    Doesn't help that I hate change. I stuck with Firefox 3.6 until FF12 came out, then spent a week finding out how to revert all the awful UI changes made since FF4. Changing what I'm comfortable with and have much experience using is not a good thing.

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