Chrome now has 310 million users; “most popular browser” by Google’s count

Around every month or so, some browser analytics service counts up the number of people they saw using each browser and releases measurements of each one’s popularity. At Google I/O this year, Google did the same, counting up the number of “active” Chrome users and comparing them to the users of other browsers.

Lo and behold, Google found that their browser bested all others in the popularity competition with over 310 million active users. This is almost double last year’s announcement, where Chrome had 160 million users and growing.

In addition to the number of active users, Google also released some fun statistics regarding the usage of Chrome. They estimate that 60 billion words are typed daily with Chrome, which is around 194 per “active” user. They also announced over 1TB was downloaded per day with Chrome, averaging out to around 3 or 4 kilobytes per person.

[via The Verge]

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  • jayesstee

    “@Jyo: Good idea. Plz remind me if I dont do it soon.”

    Hey Ashraf, great idea. Humbly suggest you ask dotTechies which browser(s) they use daily, weekly and occasionally. Being “savvy”, dotTechies often use similar, but different software apps. for different purposes, particularly browsers.

  • @ashraf But, I bet I’m an active user on my phone and my laptop #1 and tablet, and not on my netbook which is neglected since the tablet you see. I am trinity. ;)

    But, because I am a geek, I went out and found a bigger geek to back me up. Here’s an authority on Google’s own analytics on the topic of “uniques.”


  • Ashraf

    @Jyo: Good idea. Plz remind me if I dont do it soon.

  • Jyo

    @Ashraf: Hey Ashraf, you should release the browser statistics for dotTech. Although it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, I’m still curious.

  • Ashraf

    @Shava Nerad: I agree with you that companies often try to sugar coat their numbers with minute differences between things like “shipped” and “sold” or “installed” and “users”. However, to me in this announcement Google seems pretty clear in what they are saying — 310 million ACTIVE users. Unless you are saying Google is lying (which, I suppose, is a possibility), to me it looks like Google isn’t talking about 310 million Chrome installations but in fact 310 million people who use it. I may be wrong, though.

  • Louis

    @Shava Nerad: Your analysis is quite correct ! But just as frustrating, it even more so applies to Internet Explorer, which aside from their latest version perhaps, is probably the worst browser you can use : Report for work at any big nationwide company in just about every country, and every employee is essentially forced to use IE, due to that company’s IT security system — take that userbase (which technically only ought to count as 1 user), away, and IE ratings will drop like a stone. The only browser I like more, if only because of its excellent “Toomanytabs” add-on (Chrome’s version just isn’t as usable) is FF, but still, after using Chrome, FF is decidedly slow, and I always find myself rather using Chrome. The rest doesn’t match these 2, imo.

  • Shava Nerad

    Interestingly, Google has better reason to be more accurate about their own stats than anyone else, being the “identity network” (a term that makes me cringe). They actually know that those 1/3 of a billion claimed users — which would, if so, represent about 10% of the people in the world — really represent 1/3 of a billion *installations*. For example, in my home, there are seven Chrome installations on my LAN, and only three humans and a dog in the home, and one of the humans (my 91 year old mother) thinks a browser is an ungulant such as a goat or deer that eats twigs and greenery other than grass. The seven installations include two laptops, a netbook, two iphones, a Kindle Fire, and a Visio Tablet (no, in fact, there are no desktops in that list…). Because we log in with our gmail IDs, Google knows there are only two significant identities involved — but I’m sure they count the multiple installations. If we had dual boots, they’d probably count each boot partition as a person for purposes of their census of “people” who “use” Chrome.

    Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

    But if they didn’t do this, how would they compare against other services that don’t have as fine ways of distinguishing such things?