Exclusive: Firefox by the Numbers – Users, Usage & Downloads

15 thoughts on “Exclusive: Firefox by the Numbers – Users, Usage & Downloads”

  1. “In a recent blog post, Mozilla’s Aza Dotzler pointed out that for every Chrome downloader, there are 2.5 folks who download Firefox.”

    How is that statement helping them really? It means there’s a 2.5:1 ratio in growth but their current market share ratio is like 4:1.

    To maintain the 4:1 ratio in market share compared to Chrome, Mozilla needs 4:1 ratio in growth as well, but they only have 2.5:1, which means Chrome is catching up and i’m sure the ratio will continue to shrink, reducing the gap between Chrome and Firefox further more.

    1. The logic above point to a percentage gap between these two players, but does not call out the percentage increase between these two and other players. Growth is growth is growth. Matthew J. Orley in Akron, OH

  2. The bombast in Aza Dotzler’s statement about 2.5 users downloading Firefox for every Chrome download is interesting. It reminds me of the time when IE absolutely dominated the Internet and Firefox was in Chrome’s position. Mozilla probably needs to stay away from the smugness that Microsoft exuded if they do not want to see Firefox suffer IE’s inevitable fate.

  3. there’s no doubt that Firefox is facing stiff competition from Chrome, in particular. In terms of raw speed it’s now lagging behind the others when it used to lead the pack — even Opera has picked up its game on the performance front.

    However, I’m not sure that regular consumers really care that much about slight differences in raw speed — stability and features are far more important. Firefox still has the edge in terms of features, with its huge extension ecosystem (which provides a handy lock-in mechanism for Mozilla, as users won’t want to switch to a browser that doesn’t support their favorite extensions). And Mozilla’s still doing a good job of innovating on new features — in-browser contacts management (http://webworkerdaily.com/2010/04/05/mozilla-contacts-0-2-adds-support-for-linkedin-plaxo/) and identity management (http://gigaom.com/2010/04/27/firefox-account-manager/) tools, for example, both of which could be rolled into the browser in a future version.

  4. I know this goes against their plans, but it would be really nice if firefox used native UI APIs instead of their cross platform kit. Their current UI is what makes it feel clunky, even though the rendering is for the most part very good and relatively fast. This really is an example of what Steve Jobs talks about – lowest (OK its not that bad – but lower) common denominator as far as user experience and UI responsiveness, in exchange for easier portability.

  5. I used to like Google Chrome as a second browser for my internet surfing because of its simplicity, wide workspace and ease, but now I hate Chrome because it crashes way too often and absolutely for nothing. Right now my alternate browser to Firefox is Internet Explorer 8.

  6. I had been using Firefox for 4-5 years and really happy with its performance. But, yes I will have to admit that over the last year or in the recent past I tend to spend more time using chrome, because of its speed and performance. Chrome definitely is giving a stiff competition to the other browsers.

  7. Google is very close to Apple when it comes to creating buzz around its projects, just the name Google calls for a lot of attention, geeks and non want to associate themselves with Google — Mozilla can’t do much against this power house.

    Google did not only follow the Mozilla model (a strong community, extensions etcetera) but also hired Aaron Boodma, greasemonkey developer, now user scripts run natively in Chrome that means extra 40,000 extension for Chrome (what used to be exclusively a Firefox affair)

    Fighting on many fronts also gives Google a big advantage over Mozilla,just think of a Chrome OS-based Tablet with Chrome as default browser.

    — that’s stiff competition, I love Firefox but I’m saddened.

  8. Google will fail with Chrome. It is trying to do too many things and is fast losing goodwill. The same happened to Microsoft. Google should stick with what flows with its search engine base and offer genuine products like googlemaps. It is already colluding with governments and is now just another corporate beast. Firefox has retained its startup persona and will always have goodwill. All Mozilla need to do now is raise their game as far as mobile browsers are concerned and they will be fine.

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