When Google browser, Chrome overtook Firefox for the first time globally in December 2011, it became obvious that the fast-growing web browser would become a real rival to the world’s dominant browser, Internet Explorer.
Although Chrome has yet to topple Internet Explorer globally, it has since March 2012 overtaken it in Africa, and has for the first time displaced it in Nigeria as at December 2012.
While its growth has been somewhat slow since January 2012, with a 10.09% increase between January 2012 and January 2013, it successfully overtook Firefox in Africa for the first time ever last month, according to StatCounter.
The firm’s research arm reports that Chrome took 37.59% of the African browser market compared to Firefox’s 37.01% as at January 2013, making it the leading web browser in the African continent, thanks to its decent usage in South Africa and Egypt and huge usage in Tunisia and Morroco.
While Chrome surpassed Firefox in South Africa last June, it still has a long way to go before it could overtake it in Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana, although this is not the case with Egypt where the Google browser is likely to do so by March 2013.