Posts Tagged Mozilla Firefox

Statcounter.com browser usage update – FireFox still losing

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Statcounter.com have released their latest browser usage statistics after the release of Google Chrome. Global statistics show Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox have lost users to Google Chrome. The US stats show some interesting statistics, with IE gaining in users to the tune of 4% and Chrome gaining by just under 1%. Overall though, Firefox still appears to be the biggest loser.

Global Stats – Browser Usage
IE Firefox Safari Chrome Other
Sep 01 66.92% 25.26% 2.99% n/a 4.84%
change - - - - -
Sep 02* 67.58% 24.36% 2.91% n/a 5.06%
change 0.66% (0.90%) (0.08%) n/a 0.22%
Sep 03 67.81% 23.54% 2.70% 1.11% 4.87%
change 0.23% (0.82%) (0.21%) 1.11% (0.19%)
Sep 04 68.59% 23.20% 2.56% 1.16% 4.51%
change 0.78% (0.34%) (0.14%) 0.05% (0.36%)
Sep 05 68.44% 23.22% 2.56% 1.12% 4.66%
change (0.15%) 0.02% 0.00% (0.04%) 0.15%
Sep 06 65.46% 25.43% 2.81% 1.16% 5.14%
change (2.98%) 2.21% 0.25% 0.04% 0.48%
Sep 07 63.15% 26.69% 3.02% 1.18% 5.96%
change (2.31%) 1.26% 0.21% 0.02% 0.82%
Sep 08 65.89% 24.46% 2.69% 1.10% 5.86%
change 2.74% (2.23%) (0.33%) (0.08%) (0.10%)
Sep 09 66.27% 24.17% 2.66% 1.07% 5.83%
change 0.38% (0.29%) (0.03%) (0.03%) (0.03%)
Sep 10 66.28% 24.31% 2.62% 1.05% 5.75%
change 0.01% 0.14% (0.04%) (0.02%) (0.08%)
Sep 11 66.67% 23.95% 2.59% 1.02% 5.77%
change 0.39% (0.36%) (0.03%) (0.03%) 0.02%
Total Change (0.25%) (1.31%) (0.40%) 1.02% 0.93%

More statistics and information on Statcounter.com’s blog – http://blog.statcounter.com/2008/09/chrome-latest-stats-globalusuk/

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FireFox losing users to Google Chrome

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Google Chrome has only been in the wild a few days now, but it already seems to be impacting on FireFox‘s user base.

Browser usage stats from around the globe seem to have an overwhelming similarity. Internet Explorer grows its user base as does Google Chrome, while FireFox seems to be losing users.

Here are some examples:

http://blog.statcounter.com/2008/09/chrome-whos-losing
http://www.sitepoint.com/blogs/2008/09/08/early-stats-google-chrome-hurts-firefox-not-ie/

As I mentioned in my first post about Google Chrome, I don’t see many joe soaps installing it.

The next question is, how many geeks will use it over Firefox in the long run? I would hazard a guess… very little.

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Cool Site of the Week – PicLens

My choice for website of the week this week is Piclens – www.piclens.com
Not only is it a great looking website, it also has an excellent web app free to download.

The application instantly transforms your browser (Safari or FireFox only) into a slideshow experience when viewing sites like Flickr, Google Images, Bebo, Facebook etc. It’s a great little tool to have in your web surfing tool box!

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Google Chrome Review

I’ve been using it all of maybe an hour…. and so far I love it!

As far as innovation goes, it’s not hugely innovative. In terms of funky features, I really like the “most visited sites” page when you open a new tab. Rather than having to type in your most used website, you simply open a new tab and it will give you access to your most used sites plus searches and other items you use on a regular basis.

One other feature I love is the tabbing. You can drag, move them around and drag the tab to a new window and just in case you want to put it back, you can drag it back onto the the original window…. nice….

From a web developers point of view, they have a lovely option on right click which allows you inspect an element. This brings up a little dialog that allows you to look at the page markup and css styles.

One niggling element was the lack of a homepage button on the toolbar. But this can be put on by going “Wrench >> Options >> and ticking Show Home button on the Toolbar”.

So far I really like it… I’m sure time will show up more that I haven’t noticed.

As far as the mass using it? I imagine it will be a geeky tool, just like FireFox. I can’t see many joe soaps downloading it.

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Firefox over 19% market share mark

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According to Market Share, the release of Firefox 3 has helped the much loved browser break over the 19% market share barrier. They reckon the release grew its worldwide use by as much as 4%, mostly at the expense of poor old Internet Explorer.

Apparently over the same period, Apple’s Safari browser has seen its market share rise to over 6%.

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