Google’s Browser Share Increases, Chrome Used By One In Eight Internet Users

Google’s Chrome web browser is now being used by one in every eight internet users as it continues to inch towards web browser dominance.

According to new data released by Net Applications, Chrome’s user base increased to 12.5 percent in May from 11.9 percent in April.

Google has been heavily promoting Chrome in the US and the UK with a string of ads, hiring Lady Gaga to entice users into using the browser.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser saw its market share decline to 54.3 percent from 55.1 percent. Mozilla’s Firefox web browser maintained a steady market share, rising to 21.7 percent in May from 21.6 percent in April.

Judging by the Net Applications infograph, Apple’s Safari web browser has been growing steadily in the past couple of months but only managed a marginal increase from 7.2 percent to 7.3 percent.

Opera, which recently launched a new version of its web browser with improved security and speed dial, has not managed to make great inroads in the global desktop web browser maker but its Opera Mini is a market leader when it comes to mobile web browsers.

Net Applications reported that Opera’s desktop browser market share has fallen from 2.1 percent to 2.0 percent in May.