Category: Google Chrome
Now here’s something pretty awesome (see the video below).
While nVidia was not busy manipulating benchmarks, it looks like they have managed to create a pretty awesome Chrome extension, which allows you to play PC games on your web browser. Not just any PC games, all PC games, including NES, SNES and more.
How? The streaming technology.
Now here is an interesting prediction that could become true before we enter into the 2016. We have been doing browser market share reports for more than 8 years’ now and it looks like the most recent data from NetApplications indicates that Google Chrome could soon overtake Safari and become the #1 web browser.
Assuming the trend continues (with a minor bump for Safari’s market share due to the new hardware release), we are looking at the November – December timeframe.
Recently, Business Insider has posted an article, which includes a bunch of browsers market share data from 2008 all the way to 2015.
While it looks cool and interesting, we have decided to go one step further and blend all these images into a simple animation, giving you a better look on how exactly did the browsers battled for the dominance since 2008 and how was Internet Explorer (and then Firefox) overtaken by Google Chrome.
When browsing Gmail.
Remember when days when pretty much every browser maker reported the improvements they have made to the performance on monthly basis? Then everyone got quiet and worked mostly on new features and such.
Well, today you can relive the glory days as Google has just announced the awesome optimizations they made for Google Chrome 45. By aggressively cleaning the unused memory, web sites now consume around 10% less memory and when it comes to heavy applications (like Gmail), the difference is even more noticeable.
Still not visible on the chart.
With more than 75 million of PCs running Windows 10, it looks like Microsoft Edge has finally received enough users to surpass at least one of the top 5 web browsers.
Here comes another win for the consumers and overall healthier world wide web.
Starting from September 1, 2015, Google Chrome will start pausing all Flash ads by default, which means that advertisers will finally be forced to switch to HTML5 or other technologies. The good news for Google’s customers however is that Adwords ads are already automatically converted to the HTML5 by the default, so there is not much you need to do at this point.
Not only will this move help consumers with the overall web experience (less exploits, for example) but could also improve the overall battery life for those that browse sites full of such ads.
Different hardware shows different results.
Now here is a pretty interesting test that was done by the guys at CNET, benchmarking the latest stable versions of Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
What is interesting however is the fact that they tested them on two different laptops: Dell XPS 13, which costs $1,299 and includes the latest Intel Core i5 CPU as well as the entry level Surface 3 for $499 with Intel Atom processor.
At least for some of its users.
Back in the day, people would complain and complain about background audio and browsers inability to identify the tab that is responsible for this very headache. Deemed as hard or impossible to fix at first by pretty much every company, it was later solved by Google and then other vendors.
Now, the very same team is aiming to fix a yet another but slightly less annoying inconvenience: media auto playing the background tabs.
If you were to open a YouTube video in the background tab in both latest dev and stable builds, the dev one will not play the media until tab comes into focus. Interestingly enough, the resources will still be pre-loaded.
July, 2015 Desktop Market Share: Google Chrome, Safari, Opera – Up, Internet Explorer, Firefox – Down
With Microsoft releasing Windows 10, it will be interesting to see when will Microsoft Edge overtake Opera, Safari and other web browsers. However, before that happens, it’s time to do (probably) the last market share report where Edge still belongs to the “Other” category.
First (as always) is Internet Explorer, which is down from 54% to 53.47% (0.53 point decrease).
July, 2015 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up, Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
As we are close to the end of the summer, it’s time to find out whether there have been any significant changes in the browser market share trends for the month of July.
Kicking things of with Safari, Apple’s browser is up again and is now close to the March, 2015 levels, from 41.66% to 42.44% (0.78 point increase).