Chromes beats Safari in browser battles

Google's Chrome browser has overtaken Apple's Safari in the US for the first time on a weekly basis, according to StatCounter.

The firm's research arm reported that for the week beginning June 21 Chrome overtook Safari to claim third place in the US browser market.

"This is quite a coup for Google as they have gone from zero to almost 10% of the US market in under two years," StatCounter chief executive Aodhan Cullen said.

"There is a battle royal going on between Google and Apple in the internet browser space (Chrome v Safari) as well as in the mobile market (Android v iPhone)."

Chrome, with 8.97%, took third place in the US browser market ahead of Safari (8.88%).

Microsoft's Internet Explorer still dominates the US Internet browser market with 52%, followed by Firefox (28.5%).

Globally, Chrome has been well ahead of Safari for a while, with 9.4% of the market compared to Safari's 4%.

Microsoft's Internet Explorer has 53% of the global market, followed by Firefox (31%).

The data is based on an analysis of 3.6 billion page views (874 million from the US) for the week starting June 21 collected from the StatCounter network of over three million websites.

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