Chrome beating Firefox for ME market share
Google's Chrome browser gaining on Firefox in Middle East countries
Google's Chrome web browser is pulling ahead of Mozilla's Firefox for market share in the Middle East, according to web analytics company StatCounter.
StatCounter's Global Stats index, which is compiled from monitoring the browsers used to visit three million websites each month, showed that Chrome has already surpassed Firefox in overall market share in several markets in the past two months, and that almost all countries showed Chrome gaining on Firefox in the second half of 2010.
The StatCounter statistics for Europe showed Firefox beating Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the first time in December, although worldwide, Internet Explorer still leads, with Firefox second, while Chrome is showing the fastest growth in uptake, reaching 14.85% of total market share, up 5.45% over the course of the year.
In the Middle East, Jordan was the first market where Chrome overtook Firefox, in October last year, with Chrome reaching 22.17% share versus Firefox 18.85% in December.
Lebanon and Qatar followed in November, and Chrome edged ahead in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in December.
In Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman, Chrome is less than 2% behind Firefox in market share. Egypt, Syria and Yemen all showed Firefox maintaining a clear lead over Chrome, while both browsers were closing on IE.
Globalstats does not provide overall figures for the Middle East region.