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Firefox 4 manages 7 million downloads in first 24 hours, still going strong

Firefox 4 24-hour downloads top 7 million
In its first 24 hours of public availability, Firefox 4 was downloaded around 7 million times, beating out 3.5's tally of 5 million, but falling short of Firefox 3's monumental 8 million.

Mozilla's new browser has maintained more than 4000 downloads per minute for the last 24 hours, peaking at around 9000 per minute in the late afternoon yesterday, when all of Europe and the Americas were awake. There was also a surge over night as Asia woke up, with huge download spikes caused by Japan and India. China, despite having the largest population of Internet surfers, has seen relatively slow uptake, and is currently third in Asia, some way behind India.

The United States registered the largest number of downloads in 24 hours, with about 1.5 million. Germany was second with around 600,000, which, considering Germany's population of 82 million, also represents the most Firefox downloads per capita. The U.K. has seen fairly poor adoption of the browser, registering just 235,000 downloads in the first 24 hours.

In South America, Brazil saw the most downloads, with about 220,000 downloads in the first 24 hours. Argentina and Colombia were next, with around 80,000 and 50,000 downloads respectively.

At the time of writing, Firefox 4's download rate is picking up again as the American west coast awakens, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Firefox reach a total of 15 million downloads by the end of today. If anything, the numbers look even stronger than yesterday, no doubt thanks to word of mouth and continuing coverage by the media.

If you've downloaded Firefox 4, be sure to read our guide on its new features -- and if you're migrating from Chrome or Internet Explorer, check our list of must-have Firefox add-ons.

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