Category: Google Chrome
September, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Android Browser – Up; Safari, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Down
Another month, another report.
As always, we start with Apple’s Safari, which (after a small bump) continues its downtrend, this time its market share has decreased by 0.44 point, from 45.07% to 44.63%.
Good news for all your Chrome users out there, the search giant has just published build 38.0.2125.101 to the stable channel.
While there are no significant new features among a bunch of new extension APIs and performance / stability improvements, it marks for a pretty important release due to a lot of security related fixes (w whopping 159). In fact, Google has paid a total of $23,000 in bounties, which is a lot!
More money, more security.
After squashing more than 700 Chrome security bugs and paying a total of $1.25 in rewards, the search giant has decided to encourage hackers even more.
Starting from July 1, 2014 (yes, they are going backwards as a special treat even though they announced it recently), Google is upping the maximum reward range from $5000 to $15,000, which is triple of what they used to pay (although there were always few exceptions such as last month’s $30,000 pay for what they call to be “a very impressive report”.
It looks like Google won’t be eating the very low end market share lunch all by itself as Microsoft & HP have announced two new Windows models that aim to compete with the Chrome OS.
First is the HP’s Stream laptop, which comes with an 11.6 inch screen, HD display, a fanless design, Office 365 and the 32GB of storage, all for $199 while the HP Stream 13 (an 13.3 inch version) will cost you $229. There is also another, 14 inch version, which is coming later.
Get access right now, sort of.
Good news for all your Photoshop users out there that are considering buying a Chromebook. Why? Well, it looks like the search giant and Adobe have partnered to bring you the streaming version of Photoshop to your Chromebook and they even integrated Google Drive into it!
What’s the catch? Well, as of now it’s for U.S. based Adobe education customers only that have a paid Creative Cloud membership.
Well, it looks like the PC market is not exactly been bringing profit, at least for some of the OEMs. Following Sony, which discontinued Vaio laptopts, Samsung has announced that they too will be leaving the European market when it comes to Chromebooks and Windows computers.
“We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region – and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets,” said a Samsung spokesperson.
Now here’s something pretty awesome if you own one of the Chromebooks.
As revealed by the recent announcement, the search giant, as a part of its App Runtime for Chrome, has brought first few Android apps to the Chromebook near you, and they are:
Duolingo – a fun and free way to learn a new language before your next trip
Evernote – write, collect and find what matters to you, with a full-size keyboard and touchscreen
Sight Words – a delightful way for you to help improve your child’s reading skills
Vine – create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way
While Windows releases only recently got the 64 bit compatibilty.
If you are up for some celebration then here it is: according to Googe, the search giant will stop releasing 32 bit versions of Chrome for Mac as early as November.
What does that mean? It means that if you are still rocking a pretty old Intel hardware then it‘s either time to upgrade or miss out the future builds (39 and later). In addition to that, it also allows Google to ditch legacy versions, which is always a good sign.
August, 2014 Desktop Market Share: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari – Up; Google Chrome, Opera – Down
After a small blip last time, it looks like Internet Explorer is back to business and is now sitting at the 58.46% % market share mark, up from 58.01% (0.45 point increase).