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Now that Google’s Chrome browser has been out in the wild for a while, there are some new resources for it appearing out on the web. There are also some good metrics for how the browser is faring. One market research firm has it topping Opera […]

Now that Google’s Chrome browser has been out in the wild for a while, there are some new resources for it appearing out on the web. There are also some good metrics for how the browser is faring. One market research firm has it topping Opera in market share already, although I won’t be surprised to see that fade away as the novelty of a new browser fades.

In this post, I’ll round up some useful resources, news and thoughts on this new open source browser. Love it or hate it, you have to hand it to Google for being able to create a buzz around a new offering.

Chrome is already topping Opera in terms of market share according to NetApplications’ data. Our sister blog JKOnTheRun has also done some analysis of which browsers are being used to access the site, and found that over 10 percent of visitors are using Chrome. Check out their thoughts.

As we covered today on the OStatic blog, there are good collections of tips and customization options appearing around the web for Chrome. Some of these, like Lifehacker’s power user guide are from blogs, but Google’s site is hosting an increasing amount of Chrome-related information too.

You can find the developer page for Chromium here. Chromium is the open source core of Chrome, and will be used to deliver both the upcoming Mac version and Linux version of the browser. It’s clear from Google’s site that developers are already working away on both of these versions, and I bet we’ll see them before the end of the year.

The big question that remains with Chrome is whether we’ll see a thriving set of extensions for it, as Firefox has. The main reason that Chrome is not my primary browser now, while Firefox is, is my extensions for Firefox.

Have you been using Chrome? What do you think of it?

  1. I like the streamlined look of Chrome, but there are a few things missing. I didn’t find a full screen option anywhere. Also, as I edit my website, I like to dump the cache once in a while to make sure I’m loading up the newest data. I could not find an “Empty Cache” option, only a “Delete Browsing History” option.

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    1. Full Screen is F11 like other browsers

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  2. I like the general feel of Chrome, but I miss my delicious tag button. Also, it has occasionally become unresponsive. And, finally, the right-click-over-a-squiggly-red-line-word to correct spelling doesn’t work.

    I’m back to Firefox as my primary browser.

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  3. I think it is a good start, but I love the control various Firefox extensions (like Tab Mix Plus, Stylish)give me over the behaviour of the browser, so not going to make Chrome my primary browser yet.

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  4. The market share may fade, but it will also likely surge again when the Mac and Linux versions are released. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet on my Macbook Pro.

    Also might be worth noting that Firefox is already catching up, both on the surface, and under the hood.

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  5. Nothing much Google/Chrome can do to kick me out of my Firefox add-on addiction.

    That said Chrome is now my secondary browser of choice (i.e. the program I use to access multiple accounts or I tell my friends to use on my computer instead of my bloated Firefox).

    And Opera falling back behind Chrome is not at all surprising, it’s the mobile browsers Opera does best and I think the company knows it by now.

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  6. i’m of the same opinion. Still using firefox due to chrome’s lack of add-ons. Especially my beloved GOOGLE toolbar. Shocking, isn’t it???

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  7. I was using it non-stop for a while, but the two problems I’m having have forced me back to Firefox:

    - Facebook is basically unusable with Chrome.
    - YouTube videos refuse to play.

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  8. Chrome is killer – it’s fast, its interface is useful yet minimal, and it’s smart about using Windows’ system-wide Internet settings (proxy, Flash, and such) automatically.

    A full-screen mode would be nice, but maximizing such a minimally-decorated window is so close to full-screen…

    Extensions, of course, would be fantastic. I’m lost without Evernote and Google Notebook extensions.

    Also, Chrome still definitely feels like a beta product (a good beta, but still). I get occasional “sad tabs”, some PDFs are borked (but work fine in Firefox and IE), some Flash won’t play, etc.

    There’s a lot of potential, but it will be a while before I use it as my primary browser.

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  9. I noticed that plug-ins like Java and Quicktime didn’t work for me with Chrome, and I couldn’t see a way to add them to the browser.

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  10. I tried Chrome and I liked it. Thought it was fast and spiffy. But. Until I can add-on extensions to block adverts and flash, I’ll stick with Firefox. Wish it were otherwise, ’cause I *really* liked it’s look/feel/speed.

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