Chrome, Safari and Opera Gain Market Share at the Expense of Internet Explorer and Firefox

Earlier today, Net Applications published the monthly summary of browser and operating system market share reports. The biggest news is that Chrome has managed to overtake Safari. Chrome jumped from 3.93% to 4.63%. Opera and Safari also managed minor gains in market share. On the other hand, Microsoft Internet Explorer continued to bleed. Even Firefox saw its percentage drop by 0.11 points.

Browser Market Share in November
Browser Market Share in December

Mobile browsing continued to display strong growth and now accounts for 1.3% of all browsing. Both Windows and Mac devices lost market share, while all major mobile operating systems gained. This indicates a general tendency to browser more from mobile devices, irrespective of the platform. Android was the biggest gainer in December with 54.8% growth. Blackberry and iPhone managed to grow by 22.2% and 20.1% respectively.

Mobile OS Market Share in December (source)

Android OS Jumps to 27% Market Share, iPhone OS Remains Unchanged at 55%

Android the flagship mobile OS from Google, has made huge inroads in the the mobile market share by jumping 7%, claiming 27% share in the data available for November 2009. In October, Android OS had a market share of 20%. iPhone OS has been steady throughout both months with a 55% share in the smartphone market in US.

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A 7% jump in one month is quite big, but that should be attributed to the number of phones that are now being launched with the Android OS, including the Motorola Droid. This number should further increase with the introduction of and Sony Xperia X10, which are both scheduled to hit the markets next month.

However, Apple is also planning a major update in future with iPhone OS 4.0, which might just be speculation as of now. The data for the smartphone market share is collected by Admob, which is the largest advertising platform for smartphones. The data as of now is restricted to US markets only, however, this might be completely different for global markets as Nokia and Symbian still rule the rest of the world.

Windows 7 Ahead Of Mac OS X In Market Share League

Within one month of its launch, Windows 7 is already ahead of Mac OS X in term of its market share. With the failure of Windows Vista, the market share of Windows has already been dropped in the past. But with the launch of Windows 7, the new operating system from Microsoft has started tasting its early success.

According to Internet metrics company Net Applications,
“Last Saturday and Sunday, Windows 7 powered an estimated 5% and 5.14% of all computers that were online those days. The two-day average of 5.07% was higher than the 5% of the market share that Apple’s operating system averaged for the week of Nov. 15-21″.

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Windows 7 News has recently reported that, “It’s a clear indication that sales of Windows 7 are storming ahead and that Microsoft’s new operating system has indeed been extremely well received by the press, public and business. But with the total Microsoft Windows market share sitting at 92.5% it’s still got a huge mountain to climb to replace Windows XP and Vista on desktops around the world.”

Windows already have a good market share and with the launch of Windows 7, they are trying to prove that Microsoft will always be the winner in market share race. What are your opinions about the increase in market share of Windows 7? Which OS do you think is most affected with the rise of Windows 7?

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CPU Shipments Increase in Q2, 2009

It seems that the effect of recession is finally fading away. CPU shipments have increased in Q2 of 2009. Intel reported a 12% increase in shipments compared to Q1 while AMD reported 1.8% increase in its Processor Shipments. In Q2, the demand for CPU grew by 10% but surprisingly there was no increase in the demand for computers. Intel held the maximum market share – 79% while AMD came a distant 2nd at 21%. AMD reportedly lost around 1.5%intel-vs-amd-q3-earnings-q4-predictions-2 of the market share this quarter. The overall shipments of CPU declined by over 15% compared to Q2, 2008. It was reported that even VIA, the 3rd CPU manufacturer, was also able to gain a bit of market share. 

It is interesting to note that Intel Atom processors accounted for 8% of Intel total sales, which means that out of every 4 CPU’s sold by Intel, at least one CPU was an Atom based. It seems that Intel were right when they predicted in Q1, 2009 that the Computer Industry has reached its bottom. 

Bing Overtakes Yahoo in Search Market Share

Bing the latest search engine from Microsoft has launched to a very welcoming audience, lots of people said real good things about this new search engine, within a few days of launching it has already surpassed Yahoo to take the number 2 position in US and global search market according to

The latest market share positioning for Bing is search engine usage is now as such.

  1. Google with 71.47% market share.
  2. Bing with 16.28% market share.
  3. Yahoo with 10.22% market share.


In addition to this the global search market share for Bing is about 5.62% which is slightly ahead of Yahoo at 5.13%, Google is also the market leader worldwide with 87.62% market share.

The surge in Bing market share should  sound alarming to both Google and Yahoo alike, such a drastic shift is something they would not have really anticipated, however it would be interesting to see if Bing is able to hold on to this market share in the next 3-6 months.

Have you used Bing yet? What do you think about it? Do let us know.