Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge are all top browsers in the United States, according to new research.
However, the browsers that are most commonly used by the general population are not necessarily the ones that are considered most popular by consumers.
According to a report by NetMarketShare, the top five most popular browsers for the U.S. population in 2017 were: Microsoft Edge (7.7%); Chrome (6.6%); Firefox (6%); Safari (6%).
“The results indicate that consumers who spend their time using mobile devices are more likely to consider their device to be one of the top three, and that they’re more likely than others to be able to afford to upgrade to the latest version of the browser,” NetMarketShares chief executive Mark Blyth said in a statement.
The report, based on a survey of 1,000 people, also found that consumers have been opting for a more affordable mobile device in recent years.
“A growing number of consumers are opting to purchase smartphones instead of PCs, which may be creating a disconnect between users and the platform they’re using,” Blyst said.
“It’s not a matter of the user choosing not to use the platform or not liking the platform, but rather, it’s a matter where users have opted for the lowest cost platform available.”
In addition to the new findings, NetMarket Share also analyzed data from its mobile-centric app, NetBattleground, and found that the top 10 most-used mobile browsers are: Microsoft Internet Explorer (5.6%), Google Chrome (5%), Apple Safari (4.7%), Apple Internet (4%), Android Browser (4%) and Google Chrome OS (3%).
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