Microsoft Challenges Firefox for 2nd Most Downloaded Mobile Web Browser in the U.S.

This week we’re looking at mobile browsers. Sure, many iPhone users stick with Safari, the built-in browser that comes on every iDevice, but still, some prefer a 3rd party browser. When it comes to alternatives, there’s a clear winner.

The most downloaded mobile web browsers for iOS in the U.S. United States (September 2018)

With 1.5 million estimated downloads in September and over 13 million estimated downloads so far in 2018, Google Chrome was the most downloaded mobile web browser in the US. And by far! Microsoft’s Edge was a distant second with 272K downloads and Firefox with just 176K downloads, roughly 11% of Chrome’s.

Chrome having the lion’s share of the market isn’t surprising, but Microsoft–the same company that gave us Internet Explorer 6–outperforming Firefox is.

Estimated Downloads for Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox for iOS in the United States (2018)

Looking at all of 2018, this trend isn’t new. Microsoft Edge has been downloaded more times that Firefox every month this year. Microsoft might be on to something here.

What’s your favorite mobile web browser? Tell us in the comments below.

The Data

The data in this report came from Explorer, our Mobile Market Intelligence platform. Use Explorer to discover and analyze millions of mobile apps with proprietary data-sets like the ones used in this post. Check it out →