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.”
Computer World's Gregg Keizer writes that two firms have put out two wildly different sets of numbers for which browsers were the most used in June 2012. First, the numbers from Net Applications, which say that Microsoft's Internet Explorer took the top spot this past month with a 54% market share, followed distantly by Mozilla's Firefox with 20% and Google's Chrome with 19%. Analytics firm StatCounter, however, showed vastly different results with Chrome taking the top spot with a 32.8% share, followed by Explorer with 32.2% and Firefox with 24.6%. The reason for the large swing in results is that StatCounter relies on page view totals while Net Applications uses unique visitors and only counts one visit per day to determine browser usage. So who's right? Without a deep look into each firms' methodologies it's impossible to say, although it seems realistic that more people still use Internet Explorer than alternatives.
Chrome fans who have jailbroken iPhones, take note: there’s a new Cydia tweak that can make Chrome the default iOS browser. Per VeryRite, jailbreak app developer Ryan Petrich has concocted a tweak called BrowserChooser that lets users replace Safari with any other browser they want as their default browser, including the just-released iOS version of Chrome. VeryRite says that the new tweak is free to install and is “an excellent utility” for anyone who owns a jailbroken iPhone. Earlier this week BGR did a hands-on preview of Chrome and came away very impressed, so it’s not hard to imagine the BrowserChooser tweak being a popular commodity for jailbroken iPhone users. More →
Google’s Chrome browser quickly became one of the most popular desktop Web browsers in the world, and now Google has its sites set on mobile. The app just launched for the iPhone and iPad earlier today and after a few short hours of availability, it’s already the No.1 top free app in Apple’s iOS App Store. The app is far more popular than its Android counterpart after less than one day on the market — of course, the Android version is only compatible with 7% of Android devices since it is Ice Cream Sandwich-only — and that’s a pretty impressive feat considering it’s little more than a Safari skin with a sleek UI and desktop sync. That sleek UI is definitely worth checking out though, and Chrome for iOS is available as a free download in the iOS App Store.
Just one day after releasing the final version of Google Chrome for Android, Google announced that it is releasing Google Chrome for iOS on Thursday during the second day of Google I/O. The new version of Chrome will work on both the iPhone and the iPad and will be able to sync bookmarks, open pages and passwords across all iOS devices that have Chrome installed. The browser is designed to work on versions of iOS 4.3 and higher. Google says that the iOS version of Chrome will be rolling out sometime on Thursday on the App Store.
Google has effectively ended the debate over which mobile browser Android fans should use on their smartphones and tablets — the answer is Chrome. And it’s not even close, either: the Android version of Chrome, re-released Wednesday on Google Play after having shed its beta label, chews up and spits out other mobile browsers. Why? Hit the jump for the answer. More →