A Reddit thread for u / nixcraft (via itsfoss) noticed a downward trend with respect to Firefox itself Public data report this shows about 46 million users who have left Firefox in the last three years for a different internet browser.
At the end of 2018, the reported monthly active users of the Firefox desktop client were about 244 million, but during the second quarter of 2021 this number dropped to 198 million users. While still an impressive number, the slow decline in users could be a more telling sign of things coming to the best alternative to Chromium browsers.
Mozilla launched Firefox in 2002 as an easier-to-use alternative to Chromium-based browsers that focused on privacy and security. In 2008 Firefox was responsible for 30% of all browser usage, Internet Explorer still has the market share at around 60% and Google Chrome in its infancy. Now, Chrome is at the top of 65% web browser throne of market share, with Firefox and Edge accounting for about 3% each on computers, mobile devices and consoles.
Why the drop-off? Firefox users have often complained about the lack of substantial performance updates in recent years, along with the divisive revision of the Firefox user interface 89 this convinced some long time users to try their luck with other browsers. Nor does it help that Google Chrome is now the default browser on almost every Android device around the world, Microsoft Edge does the same on Windows machines and we can’t forget Safari on Macs and iPhones.
With more and more websites optimizing for Chrome to load faster, it will be very difficult for Firefox to remain competitive and keep users away from the Google ecosystem. With 197 million users, Firefox won't go away overnight, and some people love what Mozilla is doing. However, it will be very interesting to see what the next steps are for the open source browser.