Google’s Chrome web browser is expected to zoom past Mozilla’s Firefox to become the second most popular web browser in the world by the end of this year.
According to new data released by StatCounter, Chrome will move up to the second spot behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer by December.
The web analytics firm revealed that Chrome had a global user share of 23.6 percent in September while Firefox enjoyed a 26.8 percent share. Internet Explorer leads with a 41.7 percent share.
The company said that Chrome had shown a 50 percent increase in its share since January 2011 while, during the same period, Firefox and Internet Explorer registered a decline of 13 percent and 9 percent respectively.
If Google’s highly popular web browser continues this current trend, it is going to equal Firefox’s share in November and surpass it by the end of December.
Taking a page out of Google’s playbook, Firefox has introduced a super fast release time-line for the Firefox browser to counter Chrome’s rapid release policy. However, Chrome is on the rise already and there is probably nothing Mozilla can do about it except focus on making Firefox technologically more superior.