In the end of 2016, Google Chrome continued to be the most used desktop internet browser since it exceeded the Internet Explorer(IE) at July 2012. At this moment, Chrome has 58.4% of the market shares of internet browsers within the 3.5 billion of internet users globally.
Note: W3counter chart only showed the top 5 most popular browser. Hence the accumulated market share is only 93.7%.
Within the US market, Google Chrome is steadily increasing its shares while Internet Explorer is declining over time. In the beginning of Jan 2015, Chrome had 40.1% and IE has 32.7% of the total market share. But 22 months later at October 2016, Chrome had 54.6% of the total market shares but IE only had 15.6% (still the second most used internet browser). Respectively, Firefox’s market share dropped from 16.5% to 13%, and Safari increased slightly from 9.1% to 10.2% over these time interval. The new browser Microsoft Edge introduced to the market in July 2015 had 5.1% of the total market shares.
For the American mobile browser market shares, Safari, the default browser of Apple iPhone continued to be the most used browser. It increased from 49.8% to 52.7% from Jan 2015 to Oct 2016. The second place Chrome’s share rose and fell over time and had the similar amount of shares within these time interval (35%). In addition, the newly introduced Samsung Internet in February 2016 had 7.43% of the total market shares.