|Don's Home Computing Applications Internet Browsers|
Browsers use by Platform - Jan 2019:
RIM OS - Former Research In Motion (Blackberry) is now marketed by TLC (Telephone Communication Limited) a Chinese company.
A few years ago I googled browser reviews and Chrome always came up best.
At "The best web browser 2019" , TechRadar says "Firefox is back after a total overhaul, and has retaken its crown."
Firefox 57 (Quantum), released in November 2017, was a major enhancement with improvements in speed, privacy and user interface. The latest quantum upgrade, version 65, was released in Jan. 2019.
From Oct. 2018 to Jan 2019 Firefox usage has increased 7.2% while Chrome usage has increased 1.3%, although Firefox still is only about 10% of the desktop market compared to Chrome's 2/3.
At Brian X. Chen's June 20, 2018 NY Times article "Firefox Is Back. It's Time to Give It a Try., he says
"Firefox especially stood out for some privacy features that are baked into the browser. Inside the privacy settings, you can turn on tracking protection, which blocks online trackers from collecting your browser data across multiple websites. With Chrome, you can install a third-party extension to block trackers -- but the fewer add-ons you have to tack onto your browser, the better."
Firefox's use of resources seems to have gotten worse since the original release of Quantum and Chrome is better on Windows.
Firefox is better than Chrome on the Mac OS, but Safari is best in terms of resources and speed.
Firefox 63 (end 2018) will have much-needed performance improvements on macOS
My tests in Feb 2019 on Mac OS X 10.14, with Firefox 63, and Chrome 72.
Main process Helper processes % CPU RAM Num CPU RAM Chrome 2.8-10.6% 280 M 40 30% 4,300 MB Firefox 1.3-4.3% 500 M 3 5% 1,800 MB Safari 0.3-1.7 113 M 1 0.3-6.7% 42 MB- What are all those helper processes in Chrome?
What is Google Chrome Helper, Why Does Chrome Use So Much Ram - Softlay says,
They are for extensions and plug-ins, but I have only 12 extensions and 40 helpers.
If you select Preferences under the Chrome menu and scroll down to advanced you will see a lot of services, these may be starting helpers.
Extensions under the Window menu will run helpers.
- Why does CPU usage keep jumping around. A couple of sites say because one or more of the pages you have loaded may be using Flash or Java which is causing it. But, I see it jump around with only one page without flash or java loaded.
Best web browser 2019: Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Opera face off | PCWorld Feb 2019
At "Firefox Is Back. It's Time to Give It a Try. June 20, 2018 NY Times Brian X. Chen says,
Rocket Yard Testing Lab: Which Browser is Fastest? | Other World Computing Blog
From our benchmark results, Firefox needs more of Servo to keep up and get ahead of the browser pack."
10 Top Mobile Web Browsers | LifeWire Dec 2018
As of the end of 2017 beginning of 2018 mobile browser market share ranged from 39% in north america to 52% worldwide.
Here are the most popular mobile browsers a/o Sept '17 - feb '18: Android iOS all Safari 96% 52% - 28% * Chrome 88% 3.9% 41% - 62% * Samsung Internet 4.5% Opera 1.4% Android 6.4% 0.9% UC 0.7% Firefox 0.5%Dolphin, Boat, Puffin and others were still in use at the end of 2017 Sources:
Mobile Browser Market Share United States Of America | StatCounter Global Stats
Browser market share | marketshare.com
* U.S. mobile browser market share 2017 | Statistica
Which browser is most popular on each major operating system? | ZDNet
Usage share of web browsers - Wikipedia
Source: StatCounter at Sitepoint Blogs |
How Browser Market Share is Calculated
2000 and 2005 from TheCounter.com
The first Microsoft browser was licensed from Spyglass who delivered two versions of Mosaic to Microsoft. It was modified and released as Internet Explorer (IE) in 1995.
- Mozilla was the internal codename for the development of the Netscape Navigator browser in 1994. The name is formed from "Mosaic killer"; Mosaic was the public domain browser developed by Marc Andreessen at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the U. Ill. Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1993.
AOL bought Netscape in 1999.
See: Browsers at Internet History for more on the "browser wars" and the antitrust suit against Microsoft.
Mobile & Tablet Browser use 2015 Mobile devices accounted for 5% of broswer use. Source: Mobile Devices Statistics - w3schools
Browser market share | Marketshare
Count by OS: at NetApplications (NetMarketShare.com) May 2011
Java ME 1.2% (Java Micro Edition for mobile devices, set-top boxes, ...)
|Compatibility: Browser version and OS|
In 2003 Apple released their own broswer, Safari, and Microsoft said it was stopping development on IE for the Mac; IE 5 was the last version. In 2005 apple stopped releasing IE with with OS X 10.4 and in January 2006 Microsoft removed the Mac version from their download site.
Best Mac Browser: Safari vs Chrome | notebooks.com Mar 2016
Speedometer 1.0 BrowserBench.org:
Best Mac Web Browser 2017: 8 Alternatives to Safari - Macworld UK
JetStream benchmark at above
In May 2011 Daniel Bailey at Mozilla: Browser Benchmarks Suck! | ConceivablyTech says,
"Taras Glek, a developer at Mozilla, recognizes that Mozilla has "traditionally relied on benchmarks (such as Talos, Sunspider or Kraken) to make Firefox faster, but now says that benchmarks "suck".
Sunspider benchmark scores (lower is better): June, 2015 Mac OS X 10.10
Browser ver score Chrome 43.0 174 Firefox 38.0 210 Safari 8.0 215Internet Explorer (modern)93.1ms
Web Browser Performance 2009 at SixRevisions.com
Web Standards Support:
HTML5 is an evolving standard, but as April 2011 IE 9, Firefox 4, Chrome 11 and Safari 5.1 had implemented 85% of the proposal.
Browser or Layout engines:
Most major browsers, including IE9 and Firefox 4, now feature simplified interfaces with fewer toolbars than before, and take up less of the screen than older browsers.
Add-Ons, Plug-Ins and Extensions:
Shortcuts for adding bookmarks:
Bookmarklets are java code in bookmarks that can modify a page, pass information from a page or provide special functions like erasing cookies.
Deprecated (Obsolete) Tags/Attributes:
Like most browsers, and pretty much anything else with an Internet connection these days, Chrome sometimes comes under fire for privacy issues. Not that it's giving your data away, but it might not always camouflage it as much as you'd like.
Firefox Is Back. It's Time to Give It a Try
Tablet browsers (Dolphin, Opera Mini, Opera Mobile, Chrome, Boat, ...)
Peacekeeper - The Browser Benchmark from Futuremark Corporation
Usage share of web browsers - Wikipedia
Comparison of web browsers - Wikipedia
What's the Best Browser for Windows, OS X, iPad, Android and More? | Lifehacker UK
10 Best Web Browsers For Android
Compare Security Features in Internet Explorer with and without Secure IE Browser Security
Browser Statistics at w3Schools.com
Browser usage stats - March 2011: Tech News
CNET Browser Reviews
Timeline of Web Browsers
Source: Timeline of web browsers - Wikipedia Internet History
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