Chrome reaches 70 million users, from 30 million last June

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Google’s Chrome browser has more than doubled its user base since last June. The browser now has 70 million users up from 30 million last year, the company said at its developer conference today in San Francisco.

Chrome is gradually gaining on rivals Firefox and Internet Explorer, garnering a 6.73 percent of the market. Firefox has about four times as large a share as Chrome with a quarter of the market behind it, according to Net Applications. Mozilla, the foundation behind Firefox, said last month that the 3.6 edition of the browser had been downloaded more than 400 million times.

Chrome has been one of Google’s most successful and mainstream products over the last two years and will help pave the way for the company to launch its Chrome operating system project later this year.