Android: Microsoft Edge has already been downloaded 5 million times

On Android, Microsoft Edge seems much less unloved than on Windows 10: The browser has been downloaded a few 5 million times since it was put online on the Google Play Store. A huge success, which confirms the good download figures a month after its release on Android. And especially the new strategy of Microsoft, which aims to put also the emphasis on development on Android and IOS.

While on Windows PCs, Microsoft Edge yet preinstalled on Windows 10 struggling to surpass the 5% market share, will the successor of Internet Explorer live a renaissance on Android and IOS? Since its introduction to the Google Play Store, Microsoft Edge has already been downloaded a few 5 million times. It is still a drop of water at the Global Park of Android smartphones (2.3 billion of active smartphones), but that nevertheless shows a strong interest that persists in the duration: The browser had already been downloaded 1 million times a month after its Released on Android in October 2017.

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Figures reinforced by many feedbacks from very positive users. By the time we write these lines, the application was rated 4 stars out of 5 by almost 23,000 users. For comparison, Chrome has a little over 4 stars out of 5, but this note relies on almost 10 million of user returns. In addition, Chrome has been downloaded more than a billion times. So there's still a bit of a way to go for Microsoft to really flick Google.

The Microsoft browser allows among other things to enjoy a better continuity between the PC and the smartphone. One can for example easily open an open web page on edge for Android on an edge for Windows 10. Besides Android, the browser also seems rather popular on IOS: although there are no numbers, the application is the 9th most downloaded in its category.

Despite its difficult breakthrough on PC, Edge's success on smartphone reinforces Microsoft's new strategy, which now also has a lot to do with development on other platforms than Windows 10. Since the Windows Phone was dropped, Microsoft has launched a new launcher and has carried many applications other than Edge, such as the Microsoft Office suite, Office Lens, OneDrive, Microsoft teams, Yammer and Delve.

It remains to be known if on mobile, Edge can carve out a significant market share next to Chrome (63.63%) and Safari (27.29%). Even with 5 million of downloads, you still have to look for the market share of the Microsoft browser (0.14%) with the electron microscope. Do you think Microsoft Edge can go back to the center of the game? Share your opinion in the comments

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