Worldwide Browser Statistics January 2014 to February 2014
The following table shows browser usage movements during the past month.
Worldwide Browser Statistics February 2013 to February 2014
The following table shows browser usage movements during the past twelve months:
|Browser||February 2013||February 2014||change||relative|
The tables show market share estimates for desktop browsers. The ‘change’ column is the absolute increase or decrease in market share. The ‘relative’ column indicates the proportional change, i.e. 6.4% of IE8 users switched browsers last month. There are several caveats so I recommend you read How Browser Market Share is Calculated.
Perhaps the most remarkable observation is just how unremarkable the usage figures are! Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera made small gains while IE had a fairly insignificant fall. Overall, the chart remained relatively stable. In some ways that’s a shame; it’s great to see applications having a disruptive influence on the market. Unfortunately, it’s become increasingly difficult for vendors to tackle the top five. New browsers can only dream of Opera-like user numbers.
The yearly statistics are a little more interesting:
- One in four IE users has migrated elsewhere.
- Firefox has lost a tenth of its user base.
- Chrome has almost 20% more users.
This isn’t quite accurate because the number of web users has risen over the year. However, it does indicate that people are becoming more aware of the options and are less fearful of switching browsers.
Chrome may not be making the monthly desktop gains it once did, but the mobile market is heating up…
Mobile Browser Usage
Mobile usage increased by almost 1% in February to reach 24.68% of all web activity.
The top mobile browsing applications:
Chrome for mobile has overtaken UC Browser with a staggering 3.36% increase in market share. Devices such as the Nexus now come with Chrome pre-installed, but I’m not convinced that’s the sole reason for the rise. Unless this is a statistical anomaly, it seems users have discovered Chrome on their mobile — and they like it.
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Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.