Say what you want about Brave Browser, but it is one of the few web browsers on the internet today that sees significant user gains year on year.
Last year, we reported that Brave doubled its monthly active users to over 20 million active users in any given month. This year, Brave reports that the monthly active user account crossed the 50 million mark in 2021.
Brave reached 50.2 million monthly active users and 15.5 million daily active users in December 2021, according to the blog post on the official website.
Brave Browser, which hasn’t been around for more than a few years, started reporting usage figures in 2017 for the first time. At the time, Brave Browser had 1.2 million monthly active users. The number quadrupled to 5.9 million monthly active users in 2018, nearly doubled to 11.2 million in 2019, further doubled to 24.1 million in 2020, and has now hit 50.2 million. million monthly active users reported in 2021.
Brave revealed several other metrics in the blog post that show tremendous growth:
- Brave Search reached 2.3 billion annualized requests.
- Verified creators grew 30% to a total of 1.3 million.
- The revenue of the Brave advertising platform has increased fourfold in the past 12 months.
- Over 8 million users earn BAT currency through Brave Rewards.
- Strongest growth in mobile browsers in 2021 for browsers with over 10 million downloads.
- Brave Ads campaigns have served 7.5 billion ad confirmation events since inception.
Brave has introduced several new features to their browser and their business. The company acquired the open search engine Tailcat in the first quarter of 2021 and launched the search product as Brave Search in the second quarter of 2021. Brave Search is touted as an “independent search option” with “unparalleled privacy” .
The company integrated Brave Talk into the browser in the third quarter of 2021. Brave Talk is a video conferencing solution that gives users unlimited video calling without sacrificing privacy, according to Brave. The technology is provided by Jitsi and Brave launched it in free and premium version.
Brave is growing on all fronts and adding features to its browser and regularly launching other products. It has managed to dramatically increase its share of use over the past five years, but it has so far captured only a tiny fraction of the market.
Mozilla, which struggles to retain users, has more than four times the number of monthly active users. If Brave’s growth continues, it could overtake Mozilla in 2023 provided that the monthly active Firefox web browser users remain at a stable level.
Now you: Do you see Brave overtaking Firefox in two years, or will browser growth slow down?