While the worldwide battle for browser supremacy still rages on, with either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome coming out on top (depending on where you look), the US fight seems to be settled.
At least, according to these new insights coming from Adobe.
Data provided by Adobe Digital Index (ADI) shows that Google Chrome has managed to overtake Internet Explorer in the United States for the first time in history — when it comes to overall usage, that is. Overall, as in desktop and mobile combined.
Google Chrome currently has a market share of 31.8%, with a marked annual growth to the tune of 6%. Internet Explorer, on the other hand, is used by some 30.9% of devices in the US, and it is down by a rather notable 6%.
Safari is the third most used choice with 25%, Firefox comes next at 8.7%.
Obviously, the key point here is that these figures combine the desktop and mobile shares, and the rise of Android powered devices have played a key role in popularizing Chrome. As ADI technology analyst Tyler White puts it:
“First, device defaults matter. Internet Explorer leverages its Windows OS dominance to gain share as the default Web browser for the majority of people online. Today mobile OS is more important, giving Google and Apple a leg up with default status on Android and iOS.”
Mobile, after all, is one area where Microsoft needs to make some rapid improvements. On the desktop, though, Internet Explorer is still number one with 43.3% in the United States. Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera follow in that order.