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I have seen countless articles recently discussing Google’s in-house development of a web browser.  A Google browser would certainly help the giant company finish taking over the web and give Microsoft something besides Firefox to worry about.  There have also been a number of articles denying […]

I have seen countless articles recently discussing Google’s in-house development of a web browser.  A Google browser would certainly help the giant company finish taking over the web and give Microsoft something besides Firefox to worry about.  There have also been a number of articles denying categorically that Google is working on a browser for a number of reasons.  I don’t have any information one way or another but I saw something today for the first time that gives me pause to wonder.  I watch jkOTR stats daily to keep track of how the site is performing and one of the most interesting stats is the browser share statistic.  That is the the statistic that tells me each browser that visits the site and graphs it on a pie chart.  I have been interested in this as it has been nothing short of phenomenal to track the growth of Firefox through the visitors to jkOnTheRun.  Anyway, I checked it today and what I saw in the browser stats has never appeared before today:

Jkotr_browser_share

The second browser in the stats above is the Google 2.x browser.  I don’t know if this confirms the existence of a Google browser but this browser has never appeared in my stats before.  Anybody else seen this?

  1. jkOnTheRun says he has evidence that Google is developing its own browser after all. Saturday, November 13, 2004
  2. Kevin C. Tofel Sunday, November 14, 2004

    Interesting considering that everyone is downplaying any notion of Google working on a browser; that’s typically a good sign of just the opposite! ;>)

    One possible thought: could it be the Google search toolbar? I just used my Google in the toolbar to navigate here….maybe your detailed web stats would show this? I found your site in my Google toolbar, then clicked the link. Result was your site in my Google “browser window” which I then expanded to my Firefox browser.

    KCT

  3. So you’re the culprit, KCT. Seriously that may be it but if so I am surprised I haven’t seen it crop up before.

  4. Kevin C. Tofel Sunday, November 14, 2004

    Actually, I hadn’t used the Google taskbar to find your site until you posted this article, so I’m not the “original” culprit! ;>) I only did this AFTER your story so we could test the theory. If you don’t see another Google browser in your stats, then my guess is that there IS a Google browser in the works. Perhaps you’ve blown the lid off of a huge secret!

    KCT

  5. I suspect it is really something like you suggest Kevin. This is why I posted the original article and asked if others had seen this. I still have no decent explanation why I haven’t seen this before, so who knows? It would be very interesting to see what a real Google browser might look like, no?

  6. anthonybuchanan Sunday, November 14, 2004

    I just did it numerous times after having read your post about two hours ago. I jusy made it back to my PC and did it numerous time and then discovered that others have done the same thing.

  7. Anthony, what do you mean exactly?

  8. There is actually a utility, proximotron that lets you put whatever you like in your browser make and version, so people could have been using that with IE/Firefox and just changing it there. Why someone would do that is another question…

  9. Are you sure it’s not just Google’s search engine crawling your web site? I get quite a lot of hits from GoogleBot when it decides to index my site.

  10. Jason, no those don’t show up this way in the browser stats. This is something new as of this weekend.

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