Friday, January 6, 2012

Chrome becomes the most popular browser in India

TechRaga reported in September, "Chrome Beats Internet Explorer And Becomes #2 Browser in India". The latest statistics from StatCounter show that Chrome is now the most popular browser in India, closely followed by Firefox.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Browser Market Share

The above image depicts the share of browsers in the last 10 weeks, and it clearly shows that Firefox and Chrome are fighting for the top spot.

Despite the 3rd spot in India, IE enjoys the first spot worldwide, while Chrome stands at the 2nd spot after recently overtaking Firefox globally.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Browser Market Share

According to StatCounter, among various browser versions Chrome 15.0 has already taken over the global market followed by IE 8.0.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats - Browser Version Market Share

These browser wars remind us of the IE-Netscape war which was won by IE, but it looks like Open Source Browsers are becoming more popular, even among ordinary users.


  1. I want to mention something I read recently (not that I'm not rooting for Chromium and Android. I love them as much as everyone else): "Open source" is a misnomer for Google Chrome / Chromium, just as much as it is for Android. With the term "open source" is associated the open community culture that has become such an integral part of it over the course of the past half century. People have said that it's extremely difficult to get a word in edgeways to Google in any of these projects - Chrome and Android - so that people outside Google who try to get involved become frustrated eventually (atleast partly because of internal politics and the tightly-knit nature of the Google teams that work on these products). No doubt, though, Google is, above all, a corporation, so it's not like they're *obligated* to properly open up their communities, but let's not kid ourselves by believing in such polite fiction as "Don't be evil". I'm fear the (hopefully non-existent) day in the future when Google gives up its facade and starts veering from established open standards towards their own custom ones (Dart, Google's "replacement" for JavaScript, might turn out to be one shining example of this in the future), to make Chromium "different" so it can establish itself firmly as a strong contender in the browser wars. Chromium's loyal user base won't find the "different" stuff anywhere else, so they'll be pretty much stuck with Chromium. And that might be the worst thing that could happen to the web. What with SOPA and all that talk floating around, I'm getting a feeling the Web is not going to be so open anymore in a few years. Mozilla, on the other hand, comes off as truly the most "open" browser organization in my opinion. If there is one organization I trust completely to keep the web always accessible and open, it's Mozilla. They've never let us down or undermined the freedom of expression on the Internet, they have no reason to.

  2. Chrome, and other Google products, might not allow easy involvement of the entire community but what impresses me, and most, about Open Source is that the source code is available for scrutiny. It helps ensure that someone in power, like Google, doesn't misuse their power. People might not be able to help in modifying the code, but they can know about all that goes inside to make this browser. They could even modify the code, for themselves and for others, and share with the world by some other name, if not Chromium.