Report: Google Chrome & Android Browsers Surpass IE, Become Most Popular Browsers In US

google-chrome-600 A new report from Adobe Digital Index reveals Google browsers have surpassed Microsoft IE in US market share, with Chrome and Android browsers winning 31.8 percent of the combined desktop and mobile browser market, compared to IE's 30.9 percent market share. Adobe claims this is a six-percent year-over-year increase for Google, while IE is down six-percent year-over-year. Apple's Safari ranked No. 3 with 25 percent of the combined desktop and mobile market share, yet it owns more than half of the mobile market share. "Device defaults matter," said ADI analyst Tyler White, "Today mobil [...]

Mozilla Still On Track To Test Sponsored Content On Firefox’s New Tab Page

firefox-logo-wordmark-vertical Over the weekend, confusion broke out about whether Mozilla plans to go through with its decision to test ads on the Firefox new tab page after Firefox VP, Jonathan Nightengale, wrote in a post that Firefox was not going to turn into "a mess of logos sold to the highest bidder; without user control, without user benefit." What was lost in subsequent reporting is what he said next, "But we will experiment... Sponsorship would be the next stage once we are confident that we can deliver user value." On Sunday, TechCrunch's, Frederic Lardinois wrote, "Despite what you may have read, Mozilla [...]

Mozilla’s Firefox To Show Sponsored Content “Tiles” To New Users

firefox-logo-wordmark-vertical Mozilla will soon begin to show sponsored content on Firefox when new users open up the New Tab page in the browser. When users begin to use Firefox, their "Directory Tiles" -- the nine boxes that appear on the New Tab page -- are mostly empty before populating over time with the most frequent and recent websites users visit. With this move, Directory Tiles will populate with pre-packaged content for first-time users. [caption id="attachment_73903" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The current Directory Tiles view for new Firefox users. Firefox plans to auto-populate all nine tiles with a [...]

Top Retail Websites Not Getting Faster: Average Web Page Load Time Is 7.25 Seconds [Report]

turtle-slow-speed-featured According to a recent report published by Radware, load times for the top U.S. retail websites are 22 percent slower than in December 2011, continuing to go well beyond the ideal three-second load time. For their Spring 2013 "State of the Union" report, Radware evaluated load times for the top 2,000 U.S. retail websites as ranked by The sites were tested using three different browsers: IE 9, Firefox 17 and Chrome 23, all on a DSL connection. The study found that the median load time for first-time visitors to a retail website's home page was 7.25 seconds, a 22 percent increase [...]

Retail Web Sites Are Getting Slower; IE 10 Beats Firefox & Chrome, Study Says

turtle-slow-speed-featured The top retail websites are slower to load than they were last year, and the problem is at its worst on Google's Chrome browser -- the slowest of three browsers measured in Strangeloop Networks' Fall 2012 State of the Union study on page speed and web performance. Strangeloop measured the performance of the top 2,000 retail websites (as ranked by Alexa) during July and August, and found that the median page load was nine percent slower than its last study, which was done in November 2011. That's measuring first-time page views, which slowed from 5.94 seconds last year to 6.5 seconds this ye [...]

Who’s Winning The Browser Wars? It Depends On Whom You Ask

browser-logos A couple of recent articles have looked at the current state of browser usage, but they don't agree on which browser is No. 1 right now. On Wednesday, Shareaholic -- the social media button provider -- shared a chart showing browser usage in April across more than 200,000 publisher sites that use its buttons. According to their data, Chrome has a five percent lead over Internet Explorer, with Firefox a very close third. Shareaholic puts Safari at about 13 percent overall market share -- a number that includes iOS traffic. Android browser usage is also on the rise as you can see abov [...]

Is Chrome Slower Than IE9 & Firefox? A New Study Says It Is

google-chrome-logo This may come as a surprise to a lot of Chrome users: A new study about page speed and website performance says that Google's Chrome web browser performed slower than both IE9 and Firefox in a recent analysis of retail website home pages. The findings come from Strangeloop Networks' annual e-commerce page speed and website performance report, just released today. The company tested the home pages of the top 2,000 Alexa-ranked retail websites and found that both IE9 and Firefox 7 were about five percent faster than Chrome. In its report, Strangeloop doesn't claim that its study "d [...]

Google Triples Its Spending To Keep Default Search Spot In Firefox

google-firefox-logos How important was it to Google to remain the default search engine in Mozilla's Firefox browser? Important enough that Google agreed to pay three times more in this deal than it did in 2010. AllThingsD is reporting that Google's new deal with Mozilla is costing a cool $300 million per year. That's about triple what Google paid in the previous deal: According to Mozilla's 2010 annual report, Google accounted for about 84% of Mozilla's $123 million in revenue, which comes out to about $103 million. Why did Google agree to triple its costs on Firefox when it has Chrome, its own growing web [...]

Google’s Chrome Passes Firefox to Become Top IE Rival

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is still the most popular in the world, but a new number two has emerged: Google Chrome. According to StatCounter, Chrome now commands a fraction of a percentage point more share than Firefox on a global basis. In the US however, Firefox is still ahead of Chrome: 20 percent to 17.3 percent. Recently IE has gained share and now stands at 50.7 percent of the market. Finally, in terms of mobile browsers, Apple has the greatest share (combined iPhone and iPod Touch), followed by Opera and Android. [...]

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