Google's Chrome browser is popular, but just how popular are new versions? Well, according to Chitika Insights, Chrome 22 enjoyed usage of 22% within 24 hours of its release.
To compare this to Chrome 21, which enjoyed 25% on its release. But, more users have been shifting over to Chrome 22, where within its first week since launch hit an 85% adoption rate. Chrome 21 took ten days to reach the same milestone.
It seems that more and more people are keeping up with the bleeding edge of Google's web browser, partly because it has become much easier to keep up to date, and not wiping your settings or messing around with bookmarks again makes it easier for the mainstream user to transition, without worrying about losing a bunch of important data.
It seems as though Google has decided to come to the "Do Not Track" party with Google Chrome. The latest test build of the popular browser now includes a "Do Not Track" option, which allows users to opt-out of being tracked by cookies for advertising and other purposes. It's becoming more and more popular.
Advertisers are, of course, worried about these changes due to the fact that they will be less able to target ads at web-surfers. A Google Spokesperson:
We undertook to honor an agreement on DNT that the industry reached with the White House early this year. To that end we're making this setting visible in our Chromium developer channel, so that it will be available in upcoming versions of Chrome by year's end.
Microsoft, Google, Opera, and Mozilla have all joined in on this Do Not Track initiative. Mozilla added the feature to Firefox back in 2011, and Opera joined in with Opera 12. Microsoft has actually said that the Do Not Track feature will be enabled by default on new Windows 8 systems, something advertisers are really unhappy about.
Due to Apache believing it should be a choice given to users, they are planning on ignoring Do Not Track requests from Internet Explorer 10.
Apple makes it very difficult to use a browser other than the default Safari on iOS devices. They don't outright prevent other developers from creating browsers, but they do prevent users from selecting a different default browser. Back in June, Google finally released Chrome for iOS and it has since been gaining market share.
In July, Google's browser had reached a massive 1.5 percent, which, despite the small number, is quite impressive. Here we are just three months after the initial release and Google's Chrome has reached an even more impressive 2.7 percent. Of course, these market share numbers are a bunch of estimates and vary with the time of day and between days.
Chitika, the advertising company behind these numbers, stated that depending on the hour of the day, the number can be in excess of 5 percent, and peaked at 6.83 percent on September 7. Chitika's analysts state, "considering the fact that Chrome for iOS spent nearly a month as the top free app for iOS devices, the Chitika Insights team expected it would make more of an impact on the market than it has thus far."
The days of Firefox "talking" to you while updating are over. With the release of Firefox 15 today, Mozilla has done away with that form of updates, opting for the silent updates, or background updates, utilized by Chrome and other software. No longer will you have to wait while it updates to the latest version! What a relief.
All joking aside, this really is a nice feature to have in software. One of the most frustrating things I have encountered in computing is when I really need to look up something quickly and the browser is updating to the latest version. Since the updater is an integral part of the software, Mozilla took its time testing this before releasing it.
"This was one of the scariest projects that I've ever worked on, since messing something up in the updater component could have catastrophic consequences in case it prevents users from being able to update to newer Firefox revisions," said Ehsan Akhgari, a programmer who worked on the project.
The feature has been present in the nightly Firefox build for a while now, and using that, they caught a few bugs which were fixed in time for the release of Firefox 15. The latest version of Firefox is available from the Mozilla website. If you already have it installed, this should be the last update you have to endure.
Developers who submit a Windows 8 app to the Windows Store using the word 'Metro' will "fail certification". This is a move from Microsoft that will see the Metro name die a horrible, horrible death. A recent change to the "Naming your app" instructions appears despite the heavy use by Microsoft of the term elsewhere.
This means that developers are now having to rebrand their apps in order to pass the new, stricter, non-Metro requirements. One big example is Windows-based Twitter client, MetroTwit, which already has a great following, and it now risks losing users when they go through a now required name change.
This is a big change, and its getting so close to the launch of Windows 8 I fear the Microsoft may be poisoning the Windows 8 name by this huge tectonic shift in renaming Metro, and the domino effect its having on developers, and their apps. Time will tell, I guess.
It all started with a day. A while back, we reported how Chrome became the top browser in the world for a day. A little later, it managed to stay the top browser for a week. And then it managed a month. And now, it's still on top and is continually increasing its lead over the others. It currently has captured one-third of the market.
StatCounter has the market share of Chrome pegged at 33.8% for July 2012. This figure is up from June's 32.8% and up significantly from July 2011's figure of 22.1%. IE is still putting up quite the fight and still manages to have 32% of the market. Firefox, on the other hand, is losing ground and is down to 23.7%.
Safari has managed to hold steady at around 7.1%. Last month, Chrome managed to become the top browser in Europe and surpassed Firefox for the first time. Chrome has a massive lead in South Africa and Asia, where it is the top browser and has a massive lead. IE still leads the US, UK, and Australia, which is interesting.
Google's latest Chrome Stable release, version 21, adds a few new things into the mix of Google's popular web browser. Chrome now sports the getUserMedia API, which lets your web cam and microphone get accessed by web apps, all without a plug-in. The getUserMedia API is, what Google are calling, the first step in WebRTC, a new real-time communications standard which has its dreams pegged on allowing high-quality video and communication on the web.
The getUserMedia API also allows web pages to create new experiences such as Webcam Toy and Magic Xylophone. The latest Stable release of Chrome also includes "deeper Google Cloud Print integration, expanded support for gamepads, and support for high-resolution Mac Retina screens." One of the best bits there is support for the Retina MacBook Pro.
The improvements to the 2880x1800 resolution on the rMBP looks great, as the image above shows. The left just looks, bad, after looking at the Retina-powered Chrome on the right. I'm itching to get my hands on a new Retina MBP, the urge is rising, heavily.
It would appear that Safari will no longer be offered for Windows. Or, at least that is the thought after doing a bit of searching around Apple's site. It would seem that the link to Safari for Windows has been removed from the main download page. OSX Mountain Lion ushered in Safari 6 with it, and there is certainly no easily visible link.
Safari 5.1.7 was located on Apple's knowledge base, but that's the only link that could be found. A search for a Windows version of Safari still brings up a link to "Safari for Mac + PC," but clicking that page takes users tot he main Safari page where there seemingly is no download link in site.
Offered since June 2007, usage numbers on the browser have it accounting for about 5% of total internet traffic. Most of that traffic is likely coming from Mac OSX so a quiet death for the browser isn't too unbelievable. It certainly could be a mistake, but that seems highly unlikely given Apple's track record.
The Next Web is reporting from an e-mail they received explaining that Google says that extensions developers can now start monetizing via Google Adsense, where Google state:
We are updating our ad policies to allow extensions to monetize through ads. Please ensure your extensions are in compliance by reviewing our extension ads policy guidelines.
Google seem to be giving developers the ability to put ads in extensions that feature more persistant visual elements, TNW have used an example by adding them to the TNW extension for Chrome:
But, it is nearly full circle for Google, because when extensions were first announced back in 2009, the early extensions focused on a few areas, one of which were to block ads. Now these same extensions can feature ads, making developers money on ad revenue. It has been noted though, over the course of the Extensions timeline, that some were being used to replace or display alternative ads on websites, which takes potential profits away from the site owner.
Google set to update Chrome to be Retina Display compatible for the new MacBook Pro, Canary build already has support
I'm going to start with: I really want a new Retina Display-powered Apple MacBook Pro, like, really bad. But, Google have just announced that their first version of Chrome that supports the eye-busting 2880x1800 resolution is, already here. Yes. It's out, available in the experimental Canary channel.
Google have said they are "committed to polishing Chrome until it shines on that machine". Canary builds are experimental, and are considered the "bleeding edge" versions of Chrome. These builds aren't even tested before they're released, so it's always a case of not having much expectations of how it should run.
But, if you're rocking the new Retina Display-powered MacBook Pro, you can test out just how gorgeous that high-res screen looks on Chrome. Google have said that the current build in the wild already shows "the early results" of their work on bringing high-resolution support to Chrome. The developers are "off to the races to make Chrome as beautiful as it can be".
Mozilla has just opened the doors to their Mozilla Marketplace, where you can download web apps and games, at a limited capacity as the service is in an experimental stage. But, it steps outside of the boundaries of the usual digital download storefronts like Google's Chrome Web Store.
Mozilla Marketplace lets you download something from the store, and the app gets treated like an actual desktop app. This means they are independent of the browser, so Windows users can access them from the Start Menu, and even uninstall an app traditionally through the Control Panel.
If you want to try the Mozilla Marketplace out, you'll need to download and install the Nightly build of Firefox 16, as functionality for the store isn't available through the public release yet. At the moment, there are 200 apps available on the store, with most of them being free. As time goes on, this number should grow exponentially. Click here to try it out!
Safari also now syncs with the cloud and can pull up tabs that are open on iOS devices.
Tabview is a new way to see all of your open tabs. It is like how tabs work on the mobile iOS Safari.
Microsoft has been having a pre-E3 press event all morning and the announcements keep coming in. The latest is in regards to the infamous Internet Explorer. According to Microsoft, the famous browser will be making its way onto the Xbox 360 sometime "this fall." Kinect controls, like many of Microsoft's announcements, will be used.
"Internet Explorer coupled with the power of Xbox will for the first time deliver a fast, fluid, intuitive web experience in the living room," Microsoft's Marc Whitten said. Saying "web hub" brings up the screen that you can see above. After that, users can search the web using Bing by calling out search queries.
It's not clear how users will enter URLs. It's possible that they could bark out the URLs and have the Kinect interpret them or, more likely, it will make use of Microsoft's SmartGlass technology. The demo made use of what appeared to be a Lumia 900 to scroll through content and click on links. I'll be sure to get the full scoop tomorrow!
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 21.0.1145.0 Dev.
The latest version of Google Chrome has hit, reaching version 21.0.1145.0 Dev. The change log is as follows:
- Updated V8 - 188.8.131.52
- Allow certain unused renderer processes to exit before the tab is closed.
- Fix password autofill to work again for Incognito windows
- Prevent an infinite loop inside SSLClientSocketNSS::OnSendComplete. This has been observed in Chrome OS, but could also happen on other platforms.
You can download Google Chrome 21.0.1145.0 Dev here.
We reported a while ago about how when the weekend came Chrome became the most popular browser in the world for a day. Chrome has once again taken the top browser spot, but this time it held onto it for more than a week. At the time of writing, Chrome is still on top albeit a bit less ahead than it was last week.
Last week, Chrome led with 32.76% market share according to StatCounter. During this same week of May 14 to May 20, Internet Explorer managed to grab only 31.94% of the market. This week isn't looking quite as promising as Chrome has dropped to just 31.88% while Internet Explorer has dropped to 31.47% market share.
Back in March, when Chrome overtook IE on the weekend, StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said, "whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to Internet Explorer."
Chrome still has some ways to go to catch up to Internet Explorer in certain countries. It's also not clear if Chrome will be able to maintain its lead when Windows 8 comes out with an updated Internet Explorer and the restrictions put on WoA. Only time will tell if Google can keep Chrome in the top spot.
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 20.0.1132.8 Dev.
Continue on the bleeding edge of Google Chrome releases, with version 20.0.1132.8 Dev now available. There's not much changed with this version, with the changelog stating:
- This build contains updates to V8 (184.108.40.206) and several other fixes.
You can download Google Chrome 20.0.1132.8 Dev, here.
Google have just starting pushing the latest Chrome out, Chrome 19. There's a very nifty new feature which is included, which will help people who go between PCs and Android devices, tab syncing. Tab syncing allows you to bring up tabs from other machines, through a menu at the bottom of the new tab page.
Not impressed? Well, pulling up a tab from another machine brings up the tab and its entire browsing history, this means you won't miss out on a single thing moving from PC to mobile device. Personally, I move between an Apple MacBook Pro, my Windows machine and my GALAXY S II running Android 4.0. I can already have my bookmarks, etc synced, but tab syncing is just amazing. It creates a fluid experience from device to device.
Google have said there is a little delay in trying out tab syncing, where they've said:
While Chrome will be updated to the latest Stable version over the next few days, the tab sync feature will be rolled out more gradually over the coming weeks.
Microsoft kinda wants to turn the Xbox 360 into a PC, but kinda doesn't. Today's "kinda does" includes news that the OS and gaming giant will release Internet Explorer 9 to the Xbox 360, which would include Kinect voice and gesture support.
The Xbox 360 already sports voice search functions with Bing, but the results are limited to just media only. Having Internet Explorer would give the Xbox 360 a full-on web browsing experience, in an unrestricted environment. The Verge is reporting this, so it gives the news some big credit.
If the Xbox 360 owner has the Kinect motion-sensing device, they could use it for voice and gesture control within Internet Explorer. This would be a pretty nifty thing to have on the couch, and would really give credit toward Kinect being a huge feature for the next-generation Xbox. Because text can't be easily entered in with a console controller, voice control makes perfect sense. E3 isn't too far away, and I have a feeling we should see and hear about it then.
Microsoft is banning alternative browser on the upcoming ARM-based Windows 8 platform, or so Mozilla is claiming. It seems as though this could be an anti-competitive practice in which Microsoft may end up getting sued. But, let's examine the reasons that Microsoft isn't allowing alternative browsers. Trust me, you'll get quite the laugh.
"They're trying to make a new version of their operating system which denies their users choice, competition, and innovation," said Harvey Anderson, Mozilla's general counsel. "Making IE the only browser on that platform is a complete return to the digital dark ages when there was only one browser on the Windows platform."
Microsoft Deputy General Counsel David Heiner told Mozilla the reasons they wouldn't be able to write a browser for Windows 8 ARM, Anderson said:
- ARM processors, which power virtually all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets today, are different from the x86 chips that power PCs. The chips have new requirements for security and power management, and Microsoft is the only one who can meet those needs.
- Windows RT -- the version of Windows 8 geared for ARM devices -- "isn't Windows anymore."
Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1084.36 Beta.
There is strangely no changelog on this version - but this is the latest, bleeding edge version of Google Chrome Beta.
You can download it here.