Search engines pay the browser folks (except maybe for Google which probably does not pay itself when you use Chrome to search Google) so there’s a monetary incentive. How else can one explain the continued proliferation of browsers, despite the fabulous browsers already available?
A Mac browser I’ve paid little attention to is starting to get some attention after having been downloaded a few gazillion times and has already hit version 35.x. It’s called Waterfox. Just as there many spinoff browsers from Google Chrome project, Mozilla’s Firefox has a few spinoffs, too, including Waterfox. So, it’s basically Firefox but claims to be faster.
The problem with such benchmarks is more obvious when you realize that all the major browsers and their offshoots are fast. Blazingly fast. Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Opera. Fast is fast and a little faster is only a little faster.
Waterfall runs 64-bit browser plug-ins so it’s relatively safe with Flash Player, Oracle’s Java, and Microsoft Silverlight (does anyone still use this?). Otherwise, Waterfox looks and works much like Mozilla’s Firefox, upon which it is built, but compiled with Intel’s C++ compiler (hence the claim for ‘faster’). Maybe ‘built’ is too strong a word. The latest version adds H.264 video support, CSS font loading, and other HTML5-era features.