Firefox has misplaced 46M customers over the past three years
A Reddit thread by u/nixcraft (by way of itsfoss) seen a downward development from Firefox’s personal Public Information Report that exhibits practically 46 million customers ditching Firefox over the past three years for a unique web browser.
On the finish of 2018, the reported lively month-to-month customers of the Firefox desktop consumer have been about 244 million, however in Q2 2021 that quantity dropped to 198 million customers. Whereas nonetheless a powerful quantity, the sluggish decline of customers may very well be a extra telling signal of issues to come back for the highest different to Chromium browsers.
Mozilla launched Firefox again in 2002 as a extra user-friendly different to Chromium-based browsers that centered on privateness and safety. By 2008 Firefox was chargeable for 30% of all browser utilization, with Web Explorer nonetheless having the lion’s share of the market at round 60% and Google Chrome in its infancy. Now, Chrome sits atop the net browser throne at 65% of the market share, with Firefox and Edge accounting for round 3% apiece on desktop, cell units, and consoles.
Why the drop-off? Firefox customers have usually complained concerning the lack of considerable efficiency updates in the previous couple of years, together with the divisive Firefox 89 UI overhaul that satisfied some long-time customers to attempt their luck with different browsers. It additionally does not assist that Google Chrome is now the default browser on practically all Android units world wide, Microsoft Edge is doing the identical on Home windows machines, and we will not neglect Safari on Macs and iPhones.
With increasingly more web sites optimizing for Chrome in order that they may load sooner, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Firefox to stay aggressive and peel customers away from the Google ecosystem. With 197 million customers, Firefox is not going to vanish in a single day, and a few of us nonetheless actually like what Mozilla is doing. Nonetheless, it’s going to be very attention-grabbing to see what the subsequent steps are for the open-source browser.