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Top Internet Browsers in the World in 2012

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Since the year of 2000, Internet Explorer has been the most used internet browser in the world, with a share reaching levels above the 80%, but nowadays the share worldwide is less than 40%, and the biggest competitor is the recent created, Google Chrome, that has a share of more than 30%, and in 2008(year released) had less than 1%.

In the last four months, Google Chrome has even passed Internet Explorer and both are near a share of one third, being responsible for 66% of the market. Firefox has been losing share and is still a 10% far from the big twos.

The values shown in this hub refer to Computer browsers, not considering the growing market of the Mobile browsers used by Androids, iPhone and others.

This is an analysis of the most used web browsers in the World. The data shown is based on several stats available in the Web and contains error margins.

Approximated Population and Internet Users of Top countries

April 2012

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Browsers used Worldwide

The top browsers used worldwide.

The top browsers used worldwide.

Different use of browsers by country in April 2012

Although there is a trend in the worldwide use of Browsers, the use may vary a lot from country to country, even in the same continent.

Looking at the biggest countries in population we can conclude that:

  • China was the leading country in population and internet users, Internet Explorer had a share over 75%, Chrome had only more than 11% and all others are below 5%.
  • India had a curious fact, the use of mobile browsers is almost as high as the computer users. That may mean that the internet use is more advanced. Regarding the browsers used in India, IE had only less than 20% and is the third browser used. Chrome had more than 40% and Firefox was stable around 33%.
  • USA was the third country in population but the second in internet users, and in 2000 it was the leading the top of internet users. The top browser in the US was still the IE with more than 40% share. Chrome and Firefox were with a share close to 22%, with Chrome gaining users to Firefox. Safari was also a popular browser in the US, with 10% of share.
  • Brazil was the fifth country in both, population and internet users. The use of browsers had been changing in the last months with a constant grow of Chrome and the decline of IE. Chrome has almost 50% share and IE is already under 30%. Firefox was the third browser with more than 20%.
  • Germany was the European country with most internet users, sixth in the world, and it was also where Firefox is dominant. Firefox had more than 50% of internet users followed by IE with less than 25% and Chrome with 15%.

Browsers used around the world.

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Different use of browsers by country, from April to August 2012.

Including the four months of May to August, things have changed a little. This group of months includes the summer vacations in many countries in the North hemisphere and can show different tenders in the use of the web-browsers.

  • China has a great change according to some sources, this is due to the appearance of "360 Safe Browser" which has been incorrectly detected as Internet Explorer. Due to that change, IE has lost the share of more than 75% and now has only near 50%. Google Chrome did not benefit from the changes.
  • India has been a stable market, and there is no main changes.
  • USA is one of the markets where Firefox is losing market, IE and Chrome were the main winners but the benefit was no more than 2%.
  • Brazil continues to use Chrome, which has now a share of users of more than 50%, the main loser was IE, and Firefox maintained its position and share, being 4% away from the IE, instead of 8% in April.
  • Germany, where Firefox was leader with more than 50%, stays leader but with less than 50%, the main winner was IE, specially in August.

Daily use of browsers

Browsers used per day during April, 2012. Worldwide.

Browsers used per day during April, 2012. Worldwide.

Weekend vs Weekday

In a daily analysis for the month of April in 2012 there is a clear trending on the use of the browsers. Internet Explorer is still the most used browser on weekdays, but on weekends, it is not so certain.

Weekend vs Weekdays - Country Examples

Although there is an worldwide trend, each country has its own trend and some of them do not follow the worldwide trend at all. Some countries were chosen randomly to see if they follow or not worldwide graph.

  • Finland, Firefox is the main browser used and IE is the second browser used during weekdays, but the third during weekends, Chrome is the big rival of IE.
  • Brazil, there is no trend between weekdays and weekends. There are strong daily variations but I cannot explain why.
  • Switzerland, IE is the main browser used but it has 5% more share during weekdays than weekends.
  • Kenya, Firefox is the most used browser and it is on weekdays that it has a bigger share. Probably because companies in Kenya use Firefox, instead of IE, not following the trend of many companies in the rest of the world.
  • Indonesia, there is no main differences between days, only a very slight difference of less than 1% between the two main browsers.
  • United States, it is small the difference between weekend and weekday, but you can notice IE is more used during weekdays.
  • United Kingdom, like in Switzerland the gap between weekend and a weekday can reach a difference of more than 5%.
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Top Browsers by Region

The regions in analysis are Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America. These five regions are responsible for more than 95% of the web traffic.

  • Asia is the region with the most internet users and population, it has almost 50% of the worldwide internet users. The browsers market is well disputed with Chrome and IE with around 35%. However Chrome is growing every month and IE is decreasing. Firefox has been stable with 24%. The top countries in Asia are China (50%), India (12%) and Japan (10%).
  • Europe has 22% of the internet users and has a diversified market with seven countries above a share of 5%. Germany (13,5%), Russia (12,5%), United Kingdom (10,5%), France (10%), Turkey (7,5%), Italy (7%) and Spain (6%) are the the Top7 countries in Europe and are responsible for 67% of the European market. This seems the most competitive market for browsers with Chrome, Firefox and IE achieving a similar share of 30% in April 2012.
  • North America has the higher rate of penetration (%Population that has internet access), 80% of the population and it has 12% of worldwide users, 90% of them are from the US. The most used browser is IE in both US and Canada being followed by Chrome and Firefox with shares over 20%. Safari is also an important player with 13% in both countries.
  • Latin/South America is worth 10% of the worldwide users, and the biggest contributors are Brazil (30%), Mexico (16%), Argentina (10%) and Colombia (10%). The dominant browser is Chrome with almost 50%, gaining share every month and leaving IE with 30% and Firefox with 20%.
  • Africa, the poorest continent, has only 6% of the worldwide share and has the lowest penetration rate, with less than 15% of the population with internet access. The Top 5 countries with internet users are Nigeria (32%), Egypt (15,5%), Morocco (11%), Kenya (7,5%) and South Africa (5%). The top 5 is responsible for 71% of a continent composed by more than 50 countries. The most popular browser is Firefox with 40%, and it is followed by Chrome with 30%, leaving IE as the third browser used with 25%.

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MPanta (author) from Lisbon on October 31, 2012:

Thank you cydro, Shirley-White, OrangeBlobOValor and dianetrotter.

Chrome is still growing and it seems times are changing. Who knows which browser will be leader in the end of 2012.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on August 02, 2012:

I thought Google Chrome would be number 1 but how could I underestimate Microsoft?

OrangeBlobOValor from California on August 02, 2012:

Wow that's pretty awesome :)

Great hub!

Shirley White from Sunnyvale, CA on July 31, 2012:

interesting stats.... :)

Blake Atkinson from Kentucky on July 17, 2012:

Really interesting stuff. I remember the days of Netscape Navigator, and when I had to wait until family was off the phone to use the internet. We sure have come a long way.

MPanta (author) from Lisbon on July 16, 2012:


I will try to keep it updated.

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