Safari now has over a billion users, the second web browser to hit the milestone
At the end of the line : A new report claims that Apple’s Safari web browser currently has more than one billion mobile and desktop users. Meanwhile, Chrome is said to be used by more than 3.3 billion users, which means that more than 40% of the world’s population prefer Google’s web browser.
According to new research from Atlas VPN, Apple’s Safari web browser just passed the one billion user mark, making it the second browser to achieve the feat.
The Atlas VPN team arrived at these statistics by taking the total number of Internet users, which is currently estimated at over 5.2 billion, and dividing it according to browser market share percentages from GlobalStats. It should also be noted that these numbers include both desktop and mobile users.
Safari is the default browser on most Apple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Nonetheless, today’s achievement remains impressive given that the browser isn’t available on Android or Windows (Apple stopped developing the Windows version a decade ago), the two most popular operating systems. .
Meanwhile, Google Chrome has 3.3 billion users worldwide, remaining by far the most popular web browser, a title inherited in 2012 from Internet Explorer.
Microsoft Edge takes third place with over 212 million users. The browser has been slowly gaining traction since being Chromium-based in 2019. Firefox with 179 million, Samsung Internet with 149 million, and Opera with 108 million users round out the list.
In related news, the EU might have something to say about Apple requiring third-party web browsers on iOS to use the WebKit engine, the same as Safari.