Chrome rises from 1.5% to 3% of iOS use since June 2012 launch

Gigaom

After stagnating for months, usage of Google’s(s goog) Chrome browser for iOS(s aapl) in North America is on the rise. According to data from its ad network, Chitika says Chrome for iOS has climbed to 3 percent of iOS web traffic on the network as of the end of September. As a reference, Chrome accounted for 1.5 percent of such traffic on iOS when it debuted in June of 2012.

While three percent is a relatively small number, Google should be happy with the growth, mainly because Chrome — nor any other third-party browser, for that matter — can’t be set as the default in iOS. That’s Safari’s role: Clicking links in any app from Apple or other iOS developer will open up Apple’s own browser.

What’s driving the growth? For some reason the debut of iOS 7 has helped, says Chitika:

“While Chrome usage share on iOS devices…

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