Chrome gives Safari a tiny kicking

Use of the Google Chrome browser is soaring and the latest figures show that it has already kicked Apple’s Safari browser into fourth place.

Google Chrome is now the third-most-popular browser in the US, behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Firefox.

According to a study by web analytics company StatCounter, Chrome overtook Safari during the week ending June 27, and now has a share of around 8.97 percent of the US browser market.

This is just ahead of Safari at 8.88 percent. Internet Explorer has 52 per cent and Firefox, 28.5 per cent.

This news might be surprising in the rest of the world where no one uses Safari. Chrome has 9.4 per cent of the market outside the UK and Safari has a flaccid four percent. It has been suggested that part of the reason is that Safari only speaks smug in 16 languages and Chrome supports more than three times that.

The statistics are based an analysis of 3.6 billion page views, 874 million of them in the US, captured from its network of counters embedded in the pages of 3 million websites.