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Google Chrome is UK's second most-used web browser

Microsoft's IE remains top

Google's Chrome is the second most-used web browser in the UK, says Statcounter.

According to the web metrics firm, the search engine's web browser, which was first made available three years ago, accounts for 22 percent of the UK market, being beaten only by Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which is used by 45 percent of Brits that surf the web.

Mozilla's Firefox remain in third place, while Apple's Safari is fourth accounting for nine percent of all UK web users.

Lars Bak, Google's Chrome engineer, told The Guardian: "Speed is a fundamental part of it, but it's also about the minimal design and the way it handles security. If you as a user try [to load] a webpage and it feels snappy, it's really hard to go back [to another browser]. It has shown that people spend more time interacting with the web."

"You should never be happy with [existing] speed," he said. "Of course it gets harder to make substantial gains, but it's all healthy competition. From the beginning we wanted everybody to be fast, and now all browsers are fast. I'm absolutely flabbergasted [by the improvements made by rival browsers]."

Furthermore, Google Chrome is the third most-used web browser worldwide, accounting for 20.65 percent of the global web browser market. However, it is soon expected to take second place from Mozilla Firefox.

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