Google’s Chrome browser has been beating out IE usage on weekends since March 18. People are choosing Chrome for their home browser, while being forced to use IE at work during the week.
Due to Chrome’s automatic updates, more people are using Chrome 18 now, than any other browser version. It’s a delight for developers to know people are automatically going to be using the most recent version of a browser. Probably why I’d expect it to be the most recommended browser by web developers. The graph is amazing to see how quickly use of the “old” (Chrome 17) browser drops off and the new browser jumps up. Compare that to the IE8 and IE9 graphs. They are slowly switching (over years, not days).
Chrome has been experiencing slow but unstoppable growth in browser usage.
Thanks to StatCounter for the cool graphs.
You probably have it already, as it was released yesterday. That’s the nice thing about Chrome, no more old browser versions.
Changes seem minimal:
- Pre-fetching and rendering of URLs as you type them
- Safer browser downloading (downloaded files are not only checked against bad files, but against a white list, with a likely warning)
- Minor UI tweaks (the plus icon is missing from the new tab window
Otherwise … it’s just a minor release in my opinion.
According to statcounter, Chrome overtook Firefox globally for the first time.
My traffic still has Firefox at 25%, Chrome at 22.6% and Safari at 28% for overall traffic (most likely due to the high number of iPhone visitors, 25% of seangw.com traffic is mobile).
Good to hear folks around the world are abandoning Internet Explorer.
You haven’t seen YouTube’s new design yet?
It’s not your fault, it’s hidden from the public.
If you want to see YouTube’s new design, open up Google Chrome:
- Launch YouTube.com
- Make sure you’re logged in (most people are by default)
- Copy the following line:
- On the YouTube window, hit Ctrl+Shift+J (Developer Tools)
- Put your cursor in the console (at the bottom)
- Paste that line in, hit enter.
- Refresh the page, and you’ll see it!
Google released Google Chrome version 15.
The only real change, is the addition of a New Tab page.
At the bottom of your New Tab page you’ll see some “bars” (not sure what the official name is yet). By default it’s split into two options, “Most Visited” and “Apps”.
You can drag apps / websites to create new tabs. If you want to rename a new tab you double click on the tab and you can give it a name.
The release coincides with an update to the Google App Store.
Here’s a video showing the new features:
Paul Irish, wrote Browser Market Pollution: IE[x] is the new IE6, which details the complexities we have coming up for us as web developers.
I’m glad to see someone fully thought this through. Browser half life is a significant issue for website accessibility.
When was the last time someone asked you to get your site working in Chrome 9? Well, that was 3 releases ago, as was IE6 (I’m even ignoring the fact that Chrome 9 was February 2011, and not August of 2001 for IE6). I’m constantly hearing that a client is asking for IE6 support. I do all I can to dissuade them (logic, reasoning, and finally .. a 30% surcharge as it requires much more time to debug and handle), but IE6 support is still an issue. Why?
Because of the half life of Microsoft browsers.
A few days ago Google released Chrome 12. If you use Chrome, odds are you have it by now.
If you don’t have chrome, download it, it’s the best browser out there.
To take a peek at some of the new functionality in place, check out Shaun the Sheep.
In the new browser we have:
- Safe Browsing enhancements (protecting you from malware and phishing sites, supposedly this is done without Google knowing the URLs you visit)
- Ability to delete Flash LSO (Local Shared Objects) — essentially Flash cookies which, until now, have only been managed from Adobe’s online settings application
- Hardware Accelerated 3D CSS (technically it was available before, but disabled by default)
The official release of Firefox 4 is today.
Slightly late to join the pack with some of the features.
Since the last major update of Firefox there have been 10 releases of Chrome.
Some of the new features have already been released in other browsers:
- Bookmark sync (Chrome even has a more thorough sync feature)
- Partial hardware acceleration – other browsers have better hardware support
- Simplified interface – everyone has it, welcome to the club. It just doesn’t feel as cleanly done as Chrome.
If you’re running Chrome … do nothing. It’s probably already updated, or will be soon (you can also force the update if you want).
Some highlights of the new browser:
- Faster (duh)
- Searchable / upgraded settings screen
- Password Sync
- Encrypted passwords
- Faster web apps (combination of running in backgrounds, and an upgraded JS engine)
Happy to be using Chrome.
Yesterday Adobe announced the release of their new version of the Flash Player, version 10.2.
Included in the update:
- Stage Video – Full hardware acceleration to the complete video pipeline. Check out the Getting Started with stage video tutorial. Web developers need to make changes to take advantage of this.
- Custom native mouse cursors
- Multiple monitor full screen support
- IE9 hardware accelerated rendering
- Enhanced sub-pixel rendering for text
You can install the latest version, or if you have Chrome the new version is included in the next browser update (which is available now I believe).