Web Browsers Around The World

To put it simply, a web browser is an application used to access information and move around the world wide web. Without a web browser, you’re stuck. Also, with a browser, you can only do as much as it’s equipped to handle. There are many browsers out there, and some may not be known to the general public. For example, some browsers are for specific functions that the average computer user would never find the need for.

First Browser NEXUS in 1990

The first popular graphical browser, Mosaic

While the merit of a particular browser depends on the user’s needs, there are indisputable facts about each web browsing application that establish its value. Based on factors such as capability, ease of use, speed, and more, here are the current web browsers used around the world:

6. Internet Explorer / Edge

But the decline of internet explorer started to happen around 2008 and onwards. In fact, i.e., struggled to compete with its rival Google’s Chrome browsers. Google Chrome launched in 2004 and 2008, respectively, as internet users increasingly began using operating systems that did not support Internet Explorer. Along with the increase in browser rivals, internet browsing on Android and iOS smartphones leads to even more rivalries. Microsoft was slow to adapt to the smartphone audience and began to lose the once-loyal customers it had obtained at the beginning of the internet revolution.

Internet Explorer had long held onto its dominance by being the default web browser on desktops. But mobile devices do not rely on Internet Explorer anymore.

5. Opera

In 2009, Opera exploded in Eastern Europe. In terms of aesthetics, Opera would be first on this list, but where it truly shined was on mobile devices. A key area with Opera is that it keeps personal information secure. The browser also has a function that reroutes your web traffic to the Opera servers after compressing it and reducing data transfer to increase browsing speeds and maneuver around firewalls. This feature makes Opera the best web browser for users on a computer with less RAM or CPU computing power. Add ad blocking and a power-saving mode to the mix, and you’ve got a strong contender for the best browser on the web.

4. Mozilla Firefox

In 2010, Firefox stole Opera’s thunder. Firefox offers users a wide variety of extensions with built-in support for Hello, its own video chat service, and Pocket, its own bookmarking and read-it-later service. Speed is another plus for Firefox users, as well as regular updates every six weeks. It is a powerful browser, but updates have struggled to keep up with changes over the years. However, Firefox is still a solid choice for modern internet users.

3. UC Browser

Mobile users in India favor a Chinese app for browsing, with almost 1 in 3 mobile users in India using China’s UC Browser, developed by Chinese firm UCWeb. The company’s first product started as a BlackBerry Messenger type of service called UCMail. Unfortunately, it didn’t take off. The team was quick to realize that people weren’t using UCMail. Rather, they wanted an application that could help them browse the web. So, in 2004, UCMail rebranded to UCWeb, which stands for “U Can Web,” to be a full-fledged mobile browser.

The browser features a modern, easy to user interface and features such as caching video for offline viewing. This itself is an excellent feature in India, as not all mobile users have access to fast downloads, either because of their network, data plan, or the device itself. Furthermore, the UC Browser did win the best browser of the year award for 2011 and 2012. In fact, the growth in India is so strong that UC Web has recorded a 60 times growth within India. But, UC Browser allegedly leaked data of Indian users during 2017 and could face a ban. Regardless UCWeb is a subsidiary of Alibaba Group and has launched an e-commerce service in India. India and China’s usage alone together has a huge potential for UCWeb!


2. Safari

Safari is best known as the browser for Apple products ranging from the iPod and iPhone to Mac Pros. The biggest selling point for Safari is that it’s lightning-fast. It uses much less battery life than Google Chrome or Firefox, that apple product users value. Like Firefox, it has the built-in read-it-later capability. While it’s widely thought that Safari is only available on Apple products, it can be used on Windows, as well.

1. Google Chrome

In 2008, Chrome sneaked into the scene. Chrome is currently the most popular web browser in the world. While that can be due in part to the global omnipresence of Google, it is also because Chrome is a powerhouse of a web browser. This is why it is often declared the best web browser on the market. Extensions are easily added and used to expand the capability of the browser. It works across a wide range of platforms and is an incredibly stable and reliable application. More importantly, many web developers and web design agencies tend to rely on Google Chrome’s reliability. Also, It’s easily modified, with easy-to-navigate parental controls and endlessly customizable options to personalize Chrome for your use.

Google is often referred to as “the search company,” and online marketers, as well as SEO experts, rely on this platform. However, search is not the only area that Google excels in. Today, Chrome controls almost the entire world. It has taken a dominating role in many countries. In the European browser market, Chrome and Firefox have established strong market positions.

Chrome is the default web browser on all Android devices. Safari is on all Apple Macs and iOS devices. As more and more internet users are on mobile devices, other browsers will challenge gaining market shares.

Takeaway on Browsers

But with Alibaba and its presence, this could create be a shift in browser usage. Especially with China’s and India’s population far exceeding other countries!



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