Pretty soon, every major web app could have its own version of Siri. Google (GOOG) on Monday released a new version of Chrome Beta that includes a new Web Speech API that Google says will let developers more easily integrate speech recognition capabilities into their web apps. Among other things, Google says that the API will let developers create apps that let users “dictate documents” or “control game characters with your browser using only your voice.” Google’s efforts to give Chrome web apps more speech recognition capabilities come after some developers late last year started a new Chromium project dedicated to bringing the voice-enabled Google Now personal assistant to the Chrome browser.
Users took to social networks on Monday to vent their displeasure with Google (GOOG) following a 40-minute disruption of service affecting the company’s Chrome Web browser and Gmail service. It was previously unclear what caused the services to simultaneously crash and some suspected the company was hit with a denial-of-service attack. Google engineer Tim Steele took to the company’s developer forums to clear up the confusion and confirmed what some developers had already suspected: The reason for the crash had to do with the Google Sync servers getting overwhelmed following a change in the code, not a DDoS attack. More →
As we’ve noted before, Google’s (GOOG) new voice-enabled personal assistant Google Now is one of the coolest new features on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and it’s received a lot of acclaim from around the tech world. And now, per Engadget, it looks like anyone with a desktop computer will soon be able to enjoy Google’s Siri killer right from within the Chrome web browser. More →
Since being introduced in 2008, Google’s (GOOG) Chrome Web browser has continued to gain market share and even surpassed Internet Explorer in global usage earlier this year. Now, the Mountain View-based company is making an impact in the mobile browser market. Chrome for Android was released in February of this year and according to the latest numbers from Net Applications, the mobile browser now controls a 4.03% of the market. The number is even more impressive when you take into account the fact that Chrome is only available for devices running Android 4.0 or higher, a software version found on less than 30% of all Android smartphones and tablets. More →
Google (GOOG) on Tuesday released an update for its Chrome Web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux computers that finally brings support for a “Do Not Track” option. Chrome was the last major browser to support the feature and had previously forced its users to rely on third-party extensions. When enabled, the Do Not Track protocol blocks tracking cookies used by advertisers for targeting purposes. The latest version of Chrome also delivers increased battery life to Windows users due to Google’s new GPU-accelerated video decoder, which is said to increase battery life by as much as 25% compared to earlier Chrome versions. The Web browser is rolling out now to current Chrome users and can also be downloaded from Google’s website.
The past two months have been difficult for Google’s (GOOG) Chrome Web browser, as TheNextWeb reports that Chrome lost market share for the second month in a row in October as Microsoft’s (MSFT) Internet Explorer 9 browser continued to grow. The latest numbers from Net Applications indicate that Google’s browser market share fell by 0.31% from September, while Internet Explorer gained half a percentage point, and both Firefox and Safari declined slightly by 0.09% and 0.05%, respectively. Internet Explorer 8 remains the most popular browser with a 24.5% market share and when combined with IE9’s 20.1% share along with previous versions, Microsoft controls a dominating 54.1% of the market. Firefox’s overall 19.9% market share is good enough for second place, followed by Chrome and Safari at 18.5% and 5.2%. Microsoft’s lead is expected to continue with the addition of Internet Explorer 10, which comes preloaded with Windows 8.
There are two kinds of Facebook (FB) users out there: Those who use their pages as political soap boxes and those who are sick of people using their pages as political soap boxes. For the latter group, the folks at Buzzfeed and Unbaby.me have helped create a new extension for Google (GOOG) Chrome that blocks political messages from both your Facebook and Twitter feeds and replaces them with happier things, such as pictures of cute cats. The extension is free to download and promises users that it will help them “enjoy an Obama AND Romney free life.”
Google (GOOG) on Thursday added support for a Do Not Track privacy option in the latest developer build of its Chrome Web browser, All Things D reported. When Do Not Track is enabled it blocks tracking cookies used by advertisers for targeting purposes. The Internet giant has offered an extension in its Chrome Web Store since 2011 that acted in a similar manner, however unlike its competitors — Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari — the option was not built directly into the browser. A Google spokesperson confirmed that the Do Not Track option is expected be available in a stable version of Chrome by the end of the year. More →
Microsoft (MSFT) can complain all it wants about StatCounter’s methodology, but the firm has once again shown Google (GOOG) Chrome besting Internet Explorer as the world’s top browser last month. In fact, Chrome has expanded its lead over Explorer and now accounts for nearly 34% of all page views while Explorer accounts for 32% of views. The latest StatCounter numbers also showed Firefox has continued a slow but steady decline, falling to just under 24% in July, down from around 28% in July 2011. More →
After being announced during Google’s (GOOG) annual I/O Developer Conference last month, the Chrome Web browser for iOS has received positive feedback from users. The browser quickly became the most popular free app in Apple’s (AAPL) App Store and has since remained among the most popular free downloads. According to the latest data from online advertising network Chitika, Chrome now owns more than 1.5% of the iOS browser market. While Safari continues to dominate the market, of course, the firm found that almost 14.5% of iOS users surf the Web using other apps. Most of the this traffic doesn’t come from dedicated third-party browsers, however, but instead from in app-browsing through programs like Facebook and Tweetbot. Chitika’s press release follows below. More →
Google has received positive feedback regarding its mobile Chrome web browser. After arriving on the iPhone and iPad late last month, the browser quickly became the most popular free app in Apple’s App Store. More than 10,000 users have reviewed Chrome so far and it holds a near-perfect four and a half star rating. There is a common complaint among most users, however: unlike on Android, Apple does not allow users to change the default browser and users are stuck with Safari when opening links within email and most apps. More →
Google’s latest Chrome beta release aims to make browser-based video communications easier by giving users the option to allow web apps to access their cameras and microphones without having to install a separate plug-in. Google points out several cool applications that take advantage of this new feature, dubbed “getuserAPI,” including a program that uses a computer’s motion detector to let users play a virtual xylophone and a program that adds real-time visual effects to users’ web videos as they’re being captured. Google says the getuserAPI is just the “first big step for WebRTC, a new real-time communications standard that aims to allow high-quality video and audio communication on the web.”