Fresh statistics have been released into the wild by Net Applications for August 2012. Net Applications’ statistics are based on the activity of about 160 million visitors per month to Web sites using its services.
These are the latest figures on the performance of the behemoths of the Internet as far as web browsing is concerned.
- Internet Explorer: 53.60 – 53.93 = 0.33 percent
- Firefox: 20.05 – 20.16 = 0.11 percent
- Chrome: 19.13 – 18.88 = 0.25 percent
- Safari: 5.10 – 4.93 = 0.17 percent
- Opera: 1.58 – 1.59 = 0.01 percent
- Others: 0.54 – 0.51 = 0.03 percent
Microsoft Internet Explorer’s is once more bleeding red ink. During the year it has had a zigzag performance. It will be interesting to see if the launch of a new computer tablet and a new operating system will turn things around. In technology, it’s very difficult to forecast—anything can happen.
Mozilla’s Firefox is fighting tooth and nail to keep its fragile second place. However, last month it was hit hard and slipped a walloping 0.11 percent. My gut feeling is that soon they will have to move to a third place ceding its place to robust Google Chrome.
Google Chrome continued its steady rise, from 18.88 to 19.13 percent. That’s a hike of 0.25 percent. The growing trend is very clear. They are heading north full speed ahead and will soon bump Firefox to third place. Google is also very active in the mobile phone arena where Android is rapidly becoming a favorite operating system for cellphones . The race in this category is red-hot with Google, Apple and Opera trying to take the lead. The sweet spot is the browser used in computing tablets where Apple is a front-runner candidate to nail down the gold. There are rumors that Apple will soon launch a seven-inch tablet to dethrone Amazon’s successful Kindle Fire. If that happens, the ripple effect will propel Safari forward.
Apple Safari continues its upward trend. It gained 0.17 percentage points in August. The acceptance of the iPad tablet worldwide is indisputable and this success will positively affect the popularity of Safari. This means more users for Safari and an augmented market share position.