Originally Posted by Jarhead
Not necessarily. There are other contenders in works like Brave.
Every other contender... Brave, Seamonkey, Opera, Comodo Dragon, Waterfox or whatever else there is. If you combined them all you might get 2% market share. Once this goes through, Firefox will be the last man standing in the browser game with its 15% or so market share, if that were to go it would be game over. Google could essentially corner the market, come up with some new standard of web development or something, force some kind of technology that would make the web unusable on alternative browsers, they already sort of push this idea with "works best on Chrome". If you run one of those 1%'er browsers right now you do encounter issues on some websites for serious business like financial institutions, they throw the user agent signature of your browser in the outdated/tor browser/weird config category and the site doesn't load. I've run tor browser without the tor network (so basically just a hardened Firefox) and plenty of sites break or don't load. Google would most definitely like to attrition out other browsers, they can't when Firefox has a small but still sizeable enough user base that crap would hit the fan if they just broke the web for those on that browser. Without it, Google would be free to basically take over the way we see the internet. I don't see any other browser rising from the ashes either, Firefox was born of Netscape and basically has a 15 year head start on anything that's out now yet still only has a 15% market share.
Originally Posted by randomizer
Unfortunately Brave is built on Chromium and is therefore still contributing to the lack of browser engine diversity.
That's another problem, once you count the number of browsers not based on Chromium the list gets awfully short.
Another thing to note is that even the open source Chromium isn't said to be fully secure. Many in the pro internet privacy/foss circles warn against using it since nobody has really audited the entire code base, it's too massive. The de-Googled versions of Chrome likely have most of the Google tracking ripped out but there's probably little tid bits left over, like a line of code somewhere that makes something unique and allows for browser finger printing or something like that.