Google Chrome’s 22% hold on internet browsers shows that its popularity is creeping up to Internet Explorer’s #1 spot in the UK.

Google’s Chrome is Britain’s second most popular browser, a sign of the internet giant’s increasing grip on the UK search market.

Three years after launch, Chrome last month captured 22% of UK users and marginally overtook Mozilla’s Firefox browser, according to the web metrics firm Statcounter. Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is losing market share to Chrome but remains the most popular browser for UK users with 45% – although it has a head start by being pre-installed on almost all computers sold in Britain. Apple’s Safari is UK number four, with a 9% share. Josh Halliday/The Guardian.

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