By Maximilian Clarke

Steady growth in the use of Google Chrome has seen the web-browser’s market share almost double over the past 12 months, whilst Firefox’s market share flatlined.

Net Applications, a leading web analytics firm, has detailed the growth and decline in the web’s top 5 browsers, confirming the rapid rise of Google’s minimalist browser.

Since November 2010, Google Chrome’s use increased from 9 to 16%, whilst Firefox’s use dipped marginally from 23.5 to 22.5%. Internet Explorer meanwhile saw its use eroded by more than 5%, from over 60% to 54%.

Google today announced the launch of its first physical retail site in the UK- the Chrome Zone- which sells its web-only laptops powered by the browser. This, in conjunction with their first national television advertising campaign, have seen the speedy browser rocket to prominence. At the current rates of growth, Net Applications predict Chrome will overtake Firefox by mid-2012, IT Pro Portal report.

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