Google Chrome bats 1-for-3 for me

Google Chrome bats 1-for-3 for me

Summary: Google Chrome seems like a snazzy browser but it won't be my everyday browser until a few items fall in line.My test for Chrome and determining whether to use it was relatively simple.

TOPICS: Browser, Google

Google Chrome seems like a snazzy browser but it won't be my everyday browser until a few items fall in line.

My test for Chrome and determining whether to use it was relatively simple. I do three things on my browser every day: I watch streaming market data, listen to Sirius and consume a bunch of company conference calls. If a browser can't do those three things it's not even considered to be an everyday browser for me.

Granted, some of the Chrome test drive problems may be that the target companies are misfiring when they connect with Google's browser, but these things work in Firefox.

Here were my three tests, which may not apply to you at all. You should use your own set of must have hurdles when evaluating Chrome (Techmeme, all ZDNet posts, gallery).

Test 1: Show me the market data. In Firefox I typically have at least four Level II quotes up, some charts and a few other goodies. But when I attempted my usual financial fare on Google Chrome I got this:


I tried a few different launchers and got the same deal. Maybe it's TD Ameritrade. Maybe it's Google. It doesn't much matter to me as a user since I just want it to work.

Test 2: Will Chrome play Sirius? I know from some dabbling before that getting Sirius to play in anything other than IE and Firefox can be tricky. The screen came up just fine. It just wouldn't play. And the way the page rendered didn't leave me a lot of hints as to what the problem was.


So far Chrome is 0-2.

Test 3: Can Chrome play a few earnings conference calls and Webcasts. Chrome had no problem whatsoever on this one. I tried three conference calls and all of them worked just fine.


Add it up and Chrome is 1 for 3, which ain't bad in baseball but won't cut it if the browser is going to be a default. I'll check Chrome again in a few days to see if these hurdles are cleared.

Also see: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes: Chrome launch, minute by minute

Topics: Browser, Google

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  • No AdBlock Plus...

    no Chrome. Simple as that.
    • Thus it will be

      no chrome forever. Do you really think Google will ever allow ad blocking software in their browser?
      • Excellent point

      • They can't prevent it though.

        It's Open Source, someone somewhere will create a plugin that does just that. :D

  • what do you expect it's a beta!

    'Ordinary' users would never be trying to surf with a
    release of a niche browser minutes after it's release.

    Don't be such an arse - you know damn well that most
    ship 'plugin-less' did you check to see if the adobe
    plug-in works with Chrome ?

    With a bit of luck Chrome will kill-off Firefox - oh
    • And here it comes

      The Google model strikes again.

      "It's a beta."

      We'll promote it as a full solution, but anytime something doesn't work, we'll call it a beta.

      Should we start a pool to see how many years Chrome is in beta?
      • I agree!

        Google is the king of never-ending betas. Sure, use
        Gmail to host your company's e-mail, google apps for
        all your documents. But if we lose files, if
        something crashes, if it doesn't work right on one of
        the PCs at your office... Hey, it's beta, we don't
        support it.

        It's genius. I wish I could convince people I offered
        a full fledged solution, keep beta in the name, and
        whenever something didn't work just claim beta. MS
        should take notes, it's the way of the future.
        • Correct!

          You are SOOO RIGHT! I didn't realize my gmail account STILL says "beta" at the top!!! That is so stupid. This browser will indeed be beta for years.
    • Beta ?!?!?

      A remainder
      Gmail is Still Beta !!!!
      Will Chrome stay in Beta Stage as long as Gmail?
      Well, Lets talk again in 5 years and see it Chrome has advanced.
      I personally wait for Chrome to publish its windows Mobile version, and from that point and on - Bye Bye Hdd, welcome TC.
    • Alpha, Beta rating not a factor at all.

      You all have to be kidding.

      Beta, Alpha, etc. are just abitrary labels assigned to
      versions of programs for convenience.

      My Ubuntu Alpha worked much better than the released
      Vista. I could install it and use it for everyday
      tasks. Anyone else would not even realize it was an
      Alpha release. Week after week - no interruption in
      work output.

      I've used Gmail since 2/18/05 and currently have
      17,901 emails archived. Do you think I care it's
      labelled beta?

      I installed Chrome yesterday and it's my default
      browser. - I would'nt expect anything less from
      Google. is #1 and #2, is #2 and
      #3. (according to Netcraft). Chrome is much faster
      than FF and soon it will take over. After all, it's
      open source and will surely trounce IE-7/9 in terms of
      usability and securty.
  • RE: Google Chrome bats 1-for-3 for me

    So first it's a beta that was kept secret... so plugins wont come up until next month or so...or even a bit later.

    Second : it's open source software... which means it could 'fork' to different versions. So AdBlock Plus is likely to show up one way or another.

    Third : I think it's a good start, and noting that google advertised his browser on its homepage, I think the market share of that browser will go high and fast.
    • Why Would Google Block Their Revenue Stream?

      How likely is adblock or similar likely to show up given Google's is an ad company? Even if you are not on their sites, its likely they are providing the ads for the site you are on.

      Why would they allow a browser they make to become capable of blocking their revenue stream?

      Its a very fast browser and I hope AB or similar does become available, the sooner the better. But I have my doubts.
      • It is fast

        I'm trying to crash it now for giggles just to see
        what happens.
        Larry Dignan
      • I don't think they can prevent it.

        You, me, many others and all I talk to/work with have NoScript and AdBlock. I would not even think of surfing without the first. Yet, even though well know, the majority never install them. That said, if it's open source, someone will make them. :D Heck, closed source, someone would make them.

        Honestly, from this and other blogs, I get the feeling this is for optimization of inline Google Gears (eventually), never having to leave the browser, absolutely seamless, GMail and IM integration (eventually) and probably complete integration of social networking apps. (Plus others they want to integrate). Oh yeah, integrated picassa, Google earth, etc.

        Long term, it may be a plan to really really make the OS a don't care for the majority of users. I think Google is trying to work it's way into more markets. Let's take a stab. Today, Google IM (over HTTPS) is the only IM client my company allows (well, they don't allow/deny, it's over port 8080) which all of us rely on to chat live inside the company and with customers on site, our engineers on site, etc.

        Who is to say they don't create an integrated video meeting application over port 8080 (allowed by my work, the only two ports) being served by their servers. Poof, better and easier than netmeeting, and accessible from inside/outside the intranet without permission. From there, it would move into the enterprise.

        Most IT blocks IM ports (or they should). Google's IM client on the Gmail page is the primary application I use there.

        NOTE: Be Aware, ONLY IM over the HTTPS Gmail link, not the HTTP link (why does Google still offer it?)

    • It only advertises

      If you have Safari, Opera or IE. It doesn't advertise
      to FF users. What a surprise.
  • Well, plugins usually take some time.

    Well, plugins usually take some time. It was, after all, released [b]**TODAY**[/b].

    I'm surprised any plugin works at all! I'm still puzzling that Flash is working - I guess maybe because I do some testing in Safari, and it's picking up my Safari plugins?

    Frankly, you shouldn't be expecting anything relying on a plugin to work at all.
  • RE: Google Chrome bats 1-for-3 for me

    (Edit: this was meant to be in response to webbod's
    comment) Google didn't exactly reinvent the wheel here.
    Chrome already comes with Flash, Reader, Java, WMP, Real
    Player, QuickTime, and Silverlight support out of the box.
    There's one fault in this line-up, and that is that the Java
    release is beta software. I've had some websites hiccup
    already and tell me that Java wasn't installed, but this will
    pass as Java 6, Update 10 is released.

    If Chrome "killed-off" Firefox, we'd be left with Safari,
    Safari (Google Chrome), and IE, which is a bad situation on
    either front because that means the vast majority of the
    browser market would be owned by the two biggest OS
    vendors. WebKit has hope because it's open source, but
    throwing one more into the fray, especially a good one like
    Firefox, keeps there rest in line, and all the more so as it's
    leading the pack. Presto and WebKit may be the most
    standards-compliant, but Firefox is the most experimental
    and also real-world compliant.
  • RE: Google Chrome bats 1-for-3 for me

    first test was to run streaming data and it failed as
    it did not find a plugin.

    Anyone have that plugin I'd be real happy.

    Other than that I like the browser feature of the last
    visited pages and the integration with Google Search.

    Then again, a browser should be able to do all that I
    can do in other browsers - soon?
  • An ad supported browser...

    ...just what we needed, more ads.
    No ad control, no script control, no cookie control, drop-down menu bookmarks, and slower than my Firefox 3.
    Give it a few months and I might try it again if they make it better than Ff 3.
  • Java for Chrome

    Earlier today I tried unsuccessfully to access a couple of Java-based chats using Chrome. It seems it doesn't work with the current production version of the Java plug-in, which might be problem #1 in the story above. I had to go to ("Early Access") and get the SE6 Update 10 RC version of Java; after installing this, I could access the chats Some help is available at