Google’s Chrome browser now owns the spot of the second most popular browser in two of seven continents.
During the first week of October, Chrome surpassed Firefox market share in Asia for the first time. Chrome’s advantage is 26.59% versus 25.35%, according to StatCounter. IE has still the lead with 43.62%, thanks to the popularity of IE6 in Asia.
However, Chrome is now approaching the market share of IE in South America. In October, Chrome has accounted for 37.28% of browser usage in South America, just behind IE with 38.53%. Firefox is third with 22.34%, preliminary data published by StatCounter suggests.
On a global basis, Chrome will post close to 25% market share this month, while Firefox seems to have stabilized in the just-below-27% neighborhood. October isn’t shaping up to be a good month for IE, as the browser’s share is only at 40.05% so far, more than 1.5 points lower than last month. On weekends, IE is now well below 39% market share.
For those who keep count, IE fell below 50% market share for the first time in September of 2010, which means that IE is currently surrendering 10 points of market share approximately every 14 months.
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