Chrome Surges to No. 2 Explorer, Firefox down as Google's browser makes big gains By Mark Russell, Newser Staff Posted Dec 2, 2011 4:35 AM CST 19 comments Comments Google's Chrome browser has become the No. 2 web browser, overtaking Firefox in November, according to one report. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file) (Newser) – Less than three years since its official public launch, Google's Chrome has become the second-most popular web browser in the world, reports Digital Trends. In November, Chrome accounted for 25.7% of global browser usage, climbing just past declining Firefox, which fell to 25.23%. Just two years ago, Chrome had been roughly tied for third, along with Safari and Opera, with about 4.5%, but since then has steadily gained market share around the world. Microsoft's Explorer remains the world's No. 1 browser, with slightly more than 40% usage. That's well down, however, from the 70%-plus use it enjoyed as recently as 2008. Firefox peaked with about a 32% share of the browser market in 2009. "Google’s rapid release cycle is typically credited with the rapid adoption of the browser," said Mike Flacy on Digital Trends. However, Safari remains the top browser for mobile devices, with 55% of the mobile market thanks to the ubiquitous iPhone and iPad.