After only three years, Google's Chrome browser has passed Mozilla Firefox to become the second most used Internet browser in the world, according to web analytics company StatCounter 

Released in 2008, Chrome got off to a slow start. At first it was only available for computers running Microsoft Windows, and by 2009 it managed to only nab 4.6% of the market. Now, in 2011, Chrome commands a marketshare of 25.69%, besting Firefox's 25.23%. Both browsers still trail behind the market leader, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which still holds 40.63% of the market. 

Firefox need not fret too heavily, though. Here in the States it's still in second place with 20.09%, while Chrome has only 17.3%. 

[via Gizmag]