Taipei, Sept. 5 (CNA) Google Inc.'s Chrome browser has overtaken Mozilla's Firefox as the second-largest browser in Taiwan after its launch three years ago, the Internet search engine said Monday.
Released in September 2008, the web-based Chrome browser accounted for 15.1 percent of the local market in July this year, surpassing the 14.22 percent of the open-source Firefox for the first time, Google said in a statement, citing statistics compiled by web analytics firm StatCounter.
The figure further rose to 15.53 percent in August, while Firefox lost more ground to 13.35 percent, the statistics show. Last year in August, Google's Chrome had only 5.99 percent behind Firefox's 11.3 percent in Taiwan.
However, Chrome remains a distant contender to Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which took the top spot with a 67.42 percent share of the local market.
In terms of the global market, Chrome's share increased to 23.16 percent in August from 10.76 percent a year earlier, marking the fastest growth among the top five browsers, StatCounter said.
As the global number of users of Chrome has increased from 70 million to 160 million during the past two years, the company launched Chrome-based notebook computers, or Chromebooks, in the middle of June.
The two Chromebooks, branded by Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan's Acer Inc., are being sold in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and South Korea.
(By Jeffrey Wu)