Google Chrome is the market leading internet browser, but latest stats show it could be facing some stiff competition from Firefox Quantum.
The browser launched a month ago, and makers Mozilla said it has already been installed by 170million people across the globe.
They added that they’ve also seen a rise in Google Chrome users jumping ship to Firefox.
Mozilla said since Quantum’s release, there has been 44 per cent more downloads from Chrome users compared to this time last year.
There has also been a 48 per cent increase in the installs of mobile browser Firefox Focus, which is available for Android and iOS devices.
Firefox Senior Vice President Mark Mayo revealed the figures to CNET, and laid down the marker for Mozilla in 2018.
Speaking about converting these downloads into an increase in active users, Mayo said: “We’ll need to absolutely kill it for all of 2018 to see real change there.
“I intend to do just that.”
According to NetMarketShare, Google Chrome is the world’s most popular browser – by a massive margin. Chrome in the past year has a hefty 58.83 per cent chunk of the internet browser market share, with Firefox on 13.54 per cent.
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge browsers have a 13.13 per cent and 3.68 per cent market share respectively.
The news comes as the Google Chrome team are preparing some big updates for the world’s most popular browser, including a major ad blocking feature.
The upcoming Google Chrome feature won’t block every advert, but will block ones that are deemed unacceptable. The group that decides this is known as the Coalition for Better Ads, which includes Google, Facebook, News Corp, and The Washington Post.
This includes things such as pop-up adverts and ads that expand on their own.
Describing the upcoming feature, Google said: “Chrome has always focused on giving you the best possible experience browsing the web. “For example, it prevents pop-ups in new tabs based on the fact that they are annoying.
“In dialogue with the Coalition and other industry groups, we plan to have Chrome stop showing ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards.”
The Google Chrome ad blocking feature will become available in early 2018.