Opera Desktop. Image Credit: Windows Central
Opera Desktop. Image Credit: Windows Central
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Last week, we had an article about which of these three devices; desktops, mobiles, or tablets was the most used to access internet in Uganda, and in results we attained from StatCounter showed that mobiles took the lead with an amazing 70.70%.

However, accessing this internet requires a number of elements for it to happen. You need a device that is able to connect to the internet, an internet connection from your ISP, and lastly a web browser. There are many options of web internet browsers and different people have different preferences when it comes to selecting a preferred one.

Just like anything else in the tech sphere internet browsers face a constant challenge to improve on speed and efficiency because ultimately that is what people want. They want a browser that is fast, and most of all reliable, meaning it should not crash and interrupt the user.

According to results that were complied by StatCounter, they were able to list the most used browser here in Uganda, and the results are astonishing.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

Opera developed by Opera Software is available for different operating systems as well as Opera Mobile, Opera Mini and Opera Coast – on devices running Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile OS, as well as Opera Mini on Java ME-capable devices. As Opera is available on all these different platforms it is logical been seen as Uganda’s most popular web browser with a market share of 54.46% taking down the likes of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer (IE), Safari, to mention a few.

Google Chrome a freeware web browser developed by Google and first released in 2008, for Windows, and later adapted to run on Linux, MacOS, iOS and Android, saw itself in the second position making up 17.86% of the market share, which is a difference of 36.7% with Opera.

As far as we know, the Chrome browser is actually the widely used internet browser with 52.81% of the market share compared to 3.68% of Opera. Making Opera sixth worldly used browser.

Source: StatCounter Global Stats – Browser Market Share

On the other hand, the likes of Firefox, UC browser, Android, Safari, and Internet Explorer saw a market share of 11.39%, 5.25%, 4.44%, 1.53%, and 1.37% respectively.

For the sake of IE, having been released in 1995 as a part of Microsoft’s Windows line of OS was one of the most widely used web browsers, attaining a peak of about 95% usage share world wide during 2002 and 2003, according to a report we attained. IE eventually fell victim to new browsers and new OS that couldn’t run the browser. Despite this, IE begun falling. Globally, its the fifth used internet browser with 4.18% market share, beating off opera this time around.