There are times when the best things in life are free, and they’re still the best things in life, but, sadly, they are not the most popular.
Let’s talk browsers. Mac or PC, Android or iPhone, everybody has one, everyone uses one, but most of the browser using human populace is using the worst one, not the best one.
Since major browsers are free, why not use the best? This predicament should say something about mankind’s vain efforts to improve. People who smoke know the dangers, right? So, why do they continue? Obese people know the problem, so why do they continue to overeat?
Everyone knows that Washington politics is to blame for many of the country’s ills, so why does the electorate continue to elect the same politicians most of the time?
Gregg Keiser explains the dilemma:
Mozilla’s efforts to make Firefox more attractive as a web browser have failed to move the share needle. Meanwhile, Google’s Chrome continues its dominance
In other words, Mozilla’s Firefox, the best browser you can use on the Mac (or, Windows) continues to lose marketshare while one of the worst browsers you can use, Google’s Chrome, continues to own marketshare on Windows and Android, and a growing share on iOS and iPadOS.
Firefox’s share for November slumped to 8.2%, down half a percentage point. It was the seventh month in the last 12 in which Firefox spilled share, the fifth where the loss amounted to a half point or more.
In other words, the best browser you can use is sinking.
Maybe Google is better at marketing than Mozilla. Maybe people do not care that they are being poisoned by advertisers and trackers. Maybe people do not care that Chrome uses battery life the way politicians make lies. Endlessly.
Over the past few years Firefox has emerged as something of a standard-bearer for privacy and security that trumps even Safari, the planet’s second most used browser, yet a distant second place to Chrome. Firefox is faster, blocks ads and trackers by default, and has more privacy and security features than Chrome or near-Chrome.
Chrome is based upon the open-source Chromium project run by Google. Other popular browsers use Chromium, including Microsoft’s new Edge, the wonderfully compact and fast Brave, the venerable Opera, and the new Vivaldi, among others.
My favorite browser, which many consider to be the best browser platform, seems to be dying. Apple should buy Firefox, fund future development, and give Mac, iPhone, and iPad users two choices, each of which is better than Chrome.