According to our IT guys, over the last 3 months 24% of you that visited our website used the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
The other main browsers used were Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari.
Personally I use the Firefox browser and am very happy with it (well, to be honest as happy with an internet browser as any normal person should be…)
However, things may be changing and there probably are some very worried people at Firefox.
Whilst nothing public has been said I’m sure the senior guys at Firefox are scratching their heads trying to find a solution to a potentially massive problem.
The problem isn’t because their browser is weak. In fact, far from it as apparently a lot of IT specialists love the Firefox browser due to its various add-ons.
No, the problem lies in the fact that it’s a single product company and there’s currently a move away from computers to Smartphones. In terms of the product lifecycle the Firefox product is arguably at the maturity stage and heading towards the decline.
In the UK the number of Smartphones now being sold is greater than the number of computers. Today’s average Smartphone is now more powerful than the typical computer found on your desk only a few years ago.
So, why is this switch to using Smartphones to access the internet a problem for Firefox?
Well, last week’s announcement by Nokia of their new Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 Smartphones showed that they have dropped their own operating systems and will be using Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7.5 system.
This system will use the mobile version of Internet Explorer to access web pages on the move.
The other browser big boys already have their Smartphone relationships. Google’s Android system is on HTC and Samsung phones whilst Apple iPhones use the safari browser.
So, in terms of Smartphone romances there are:
HTC/Samsung + Android (Google Chrome)
Apple iPhone + Safari
Nokia + Microsoft (internet explorer)
Unfortunately for Firefox that leaves them desperately looking for the Smartphone love of their life and there aren’t too many potential partners out there looking for a date…