Category: Google Chrome
August, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer – Up; Android Browser, Opera Mini – Down
Another month, another report.
Kicking things of with the usual: Apple’s Safari, which regained some of the lost market share, up from 44.83% to 45.07% (0.24 point increase).
If you are up for some experimentation with new features then here’s at least one. With the recently Google Chrome 38 Beta release, the search giant has included a what so called user switching design, allowing you to “sign out” from your web browser in case someone else wants to use your PC. As a result, he or she will get his own bookmarks, sessions, etc. once signed in (or they can always use a guest mode (To enable Guest mode, click on You (or your name if you’ve signed in) > Switch person > Browse as Guest.) if preferred.
Want to upgrade? Remove the 32 bit version first.
Yes, it’s finally happening, the 64 bit version of Google Chrome is going mainstream as it was just pushed to the stable release channel. While it took the search giant some time (years), users can finally enjoy the benefits of x86-64 system architecture.
Windows users will also be happy to learn that Google Chrome now supports DirectWrite, a much improved font rendering API, for better than ever reading experience.
Aims to block even more malware.
Back in 2013, Google has announced a Safe Browsing filter, which improves user experience by automatically blocking malicious downloads. Now, the search giant has announced additional steps to combat deceptive software.
Starting next week, Google Chrome will also protect users from programs that are disguised as a helpful download, for example: the ones that change your home page or adjust other web browser settings.
It’s almost the middle of August so it’s time to dive into the desktop market share numbers and as always, we start with the Internet Explorer, which is no longer in an uptrend, now down by 0.37 point, from 58.38% to 58.01%.
Needs more privileges.
Earlier this year we reported that Google was investigating the possibility of Google Chrome on Windows Phone, which got our hopes high.
Now, it looks like the search giant has finally reached a decision and it’s simple: there won’t be Google Chrome on WP anytime soon, the reason? According to the updated post, “Chrome needs more privileges than a regular metro app so there is no simple port.”
July, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
Another month, another report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari, which is still in a downtrend and has lost another 1.24 point of the market share, down from 46.07% to 44.83%.
Windows users rejoice.
Good news, Google has just announced the availability of 64 bit builds for Windows users on its Beta channel.
The best part: when you install it, it will replace your existing installation with all the settings intact. As if now, it’s available for Windows 7 and 8 users only so if you are still rocking Vista or XP, time to switch.
Brings one neat feature.
Following the desktop release, here comes one for your handhelds and it does look pretty good. Thanks to the recent improvements, you will no longer have to sign in on Google web sites again (gMail, Maps, Search), which is a very welcome step.
In addition to that, the latest Chrome build now also includes glimpses of Googles’ Material Design language (see screenshots here), which will roll out to all products in the coming months.
Say hello to BoringSSL.
After the recent Heartbleed bug paranoia, it looks like Google took a pretty significant step to minimize such risks in the future. According to the report, the search giant is replacing OpenSSL with its own BoringSSL (yes, they did call it like that) in an effort to streamline security patches and improve overall user security.