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We’re not going to follow this manically but it’s worth checking in on how much-hyped Google Chrome is doing since its Sept. 2 launch. Net A…

We’re not going to follow this manically but it’s worth checking in on how much-hyped Google Chrome is doing since its Sept. 2 launch. Net Applications puts use eight days in at roughly 1 percent of surfers, compared with 0.74 percent share for Opera in August, according to NewsFactor.com. Or for another comparison, IE 8 beta 2 had 0.34 percent use on Wednesday. Firefox, which recently upgraded was at 19.73 percent. What does it mean? Nothing really except that Google with its wide reach can get from zero to 1 percent and higher when it wants. (That reach would be one of the aspects the Department of Justice is exploring now.) Can it keep share and keep building? I stopped my first trial after a few video crashes and will wait a while before giving it another shot. Chrome has a lot of appeal for those who want fast loading and the Google brand. But, as Yahoo’s (NSDQ: YHOO) David Filo mentioned earlier today, Google has had mixed success.

Chrome also comes with a privacy issue users may want to consider. Urs Hölzle, SVP of operations at Google, explained Google Suggest to NewsFactor: “To provide its recommendations, Google Suggest needs to know what you’ve already typed, so these partial queries are sent to Google (NSDQ: GOOG). For 98 percent of these requests, we don’t log any data at all and simply return the suggestions. For the remaining two percent of cases — which we select randomly — we do log data, like IP addresses, in order to monitor and improve the service.” He says that later this month they will start to anonymize the data within about 24 hours.

Have you tried Chrome? How does it compare?

  1. i've used google chrome for the past one week and i must say it works very well, speedy and nice clean user interface. I am not surprise it will gain a bigger market than opera in such a short time given its publicity. They may pass firefox if they have all those add ons like firefox.

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  2. Google is going to grow in market share, but I don't believe it has passed Opera. This measure tends to emphasize North America over other regions, such as Europe, Asia and Russia. Opera has much higher usage in those regions than in North America.

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  3. Not only is Chrome not ready for prime time, even worse, it breaks pages. A company as large as Google should know what a nightmare it will be if it becomes known as the browser that breaks pages. Standards based coding is still years away from full adoption and at any rate all standards based browsers have rendering issues. So attempting to blame it on page designers won't be sufficient if too many site owners have to pay to have their site redesigned to render properly in Chrome. For so many pages to break as they do in this browser could bode ill for Google's nascent offering. On a personal note, the browser is probably too simplified for my tastes. A browser called chrome, that has none . . .

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  4. Staci D. Kramer Friday, September 12, 2008

    Eric — Your point about the difference in geo use of Opera is a good one. I also don't see Opera users as likely to switch. By whatever measure, though, I think Google can get at least 1 percent just by flipping the switch. Can Chrome make a real dent? That's the question.

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  5. it's funny, the more i use Chrome (for windows), the more unstable it seems to get… crashes a lot more, can't handle sites with flash, hangs every time i close a tab… all that to say, i'm switching back to Firefox

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  6. I think people over-estimate the importance of add-ons to Firefox success – it makes it successful with geeks and we recommend it to non-geeks, but most casual surfers I know barely even use bookmarks effectively, let alone search extensions.

    Movie Fan – it's a Beta. That's what they do. Let's hope it's not an endless Beta.

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  7. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.

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  8. I would use Google Chrome if it wasn't for the lack of extension support. Firefox has way too many cool extensions to give up. I think a good way for Google to promote Chrome would be if they were able to think of a way to make Chrome and Google search more You Tube friendly than the other browsers.

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