IE market share falls in India, Chrome picks up [2009 Recap]

What are the popular browsers in India? What are the popular desktop OS? 2009 turned out to be a milestone year as far as browser market is concerned, especially in a country where Internet penetration is still not very significant.

Well, I said this earlier – (heated debate on this article – Firefox is the new IE, Chrome is the new Firefox and Opera is still Opera) and data from Statcounter*, proves me right.

In 2009, IE lost it’s market share and the one to snatch that away is the lean and thin browser, i.e. Chrome.

If you remember the hoopla surrounding Chrome launch, everybody speculated that Chrome can potentially ‘kill’ Firefox, but surprisingly, Firefox market share has remained stagnant, which is something to really worry about (Read Firefox’s Introduction after 5 years).

Browser Market Share in India
Browser Market Share in India

IE 6.

We have mentioned this earlier (Firefox or IE? Which OS/Browser should your product support?) and even though geeks would hate to hear this, but the reality is that IE6 is still the most popular browser, though the good news is that it’s share is falling at a drastic rate (from 45% to 30%).

Popular Internet Browser Versions in India
Popular Internet Browser Versions in India

What’s rising then? Firefox 3.5, IE 8 and Chrome.

No surprises here. Opera rules the chart, followed by Nokia and NetFront.

Popular Mobile Browsers in India
Popular Mobile Browsers in India

Popular Mobile OS is ofcourse, Symbian.

No guesses here. Windows XP rules the chart, followed by Vista/Windows 7 and Linux holding a meagre 1.11%.

Desktop Market Share in india
Desktop Market Share in india

Please note that this data measures the traffic from desktop connected to Internet and is not the real representative of desktop penetration in India (related info: PC sales in India – 24% Growth Recorded)

Mobile vs. Desktop Browsing

Even though we claim to have half a billion mobile connections in India, dekstop browsing scores past mobile browsing by huge numbers.

Mobile vs. Desktop Browsing Share for India
Mobile vs. Desktop Browsing Share for India

What’s your take on these numbers? For developers, no matter how much you would like to ignore IE6, the beast remains.

* – Data is representative of the entire stats, as it measures traffic for only those websites that have installed statcounter analytics.

Recommended Read: 2009 Recap

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