Google Chrome already beating Opera

Google Chrome already beating Opera

Summary: Maybe Google really does have something here -- in just two days, they have leapfrogged Opera in market share, and have their eyes set on bigger fish. I would have thought that Google's foray into the browser market would have taken a bit more time to develop, but it seems that adoption has been extremely rapid.

TOPICS: Google, Browser

Maybe Google really does have something here -- in just two days, they have leapfrogged Opera in market share, and have their eyes set on bigger fish. I would have thought that Google's foray into the browser market would have taken a bit more time to develop, but it seems that adoption has been extremely rapid. According to TechCrunch, most users are coming from Internet Explorer, not Firefox.

Microsoft must be worried, or at least they should be -- imagine how embarrassing it would be if Google begins to dominate IE in short order, and Microsoft continues to lose search market share regardless how hard they try.

I would be interested in hearing your honest opinion on Chrome -- personally, I have made the switch, and I am definitely not looking back. It's everything I need, and nothing I don't. It's so important for newly launched services and applications leave a good taste in the mouths of early adopters -- unfortunately, that is usually an extremely hard thing to accomplish.

Topics: Google, Browser

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  • Waiting for Windows Mobile 6 version

    ... if they can create a version for Windows Mobile to rival safari on iPhone, they'll have me seriously thinking about it.

    Otherwise, it's just another browser for the desktop by another large conglomerate.
  • user

    I'm still waiting for the linux version for my laptop... but Chrome is already on my office computer... and the other cubicles are jealous (no admin rights).
    • linux

      Well, don't hold your breath. I looked at the Linux code this afternoon hoping to find at least something and there's barely even a hint of a Linux version of Chrome. Many of the libraries are there and there's a bootstrap/regression testing tool but absolutely zero browser in the current codebase.

      The Linux build instructions have a red notice which says, "There is no working Chromium-based browser on Linux. Although many Chromium submodules build under Linux and a few unit tests pass, all that runs is a command-line "all tests pass" executable."

      I have to suspect they released Chrome way before they intended. Maybe not. They do have a history of doing Windows versions first and then dragging their rear on Linux and Mac versions. Although, experience tells me that Windows often takes the most time to develop for. (And Windows has more eyeballs and is irreparably infected with a browser they despise.)
      • Chrome for Linux - later

        As a Debian Linux user of some years now, I do not feel a serious need to retire from IE as it essentially never existed in the first place... we have not used Windows in twelve years.
        I do install beta versions of browsers all of the time, in fact this message is being generated from Shiretoko (Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.1a1) Gecko/2008072306 Shiretoko/3.1a1 )

        Additionally even the version of Linux I have used for the last year is beta ( Debian 5 "Lenny-Sid" KDE 3.5.9 Kernel 2.6.26-1-686 ) very stable.

        I too looked at Chrome and at first was disappointed at the lack of Linux beta... then it occurred to me that Google knows that it will not hit at Firefox on Linux, so it is not relevant to them, However IE on Windows is ripe for targeting since it is weak and non compliant to web standards. And the user base is target rich for users to switch.

        I wish Google well, and hope that users of IE do anything to move away from IE, which is headed for extinction anyway.

        Web designers including myself should build for tight compliance with world standards anyway so IE is irrelevant.
        • Read the Cartoon

          Amazingly,the Chrome cartoon was very effective in explaining the technical advances that Google is making with the Chrome browser offering. Each tab is a separate process and runs in its own "sandbox". Many other surprising technical advances.

          This is a significant new product by any measure. Its features will filter into every browser, and result in the stability now lacking when browsers run complex web applications.

          Google has achieved a master stroke that incidentally enables their business model - cloud computing - to the next level.

          As another Linux-only user, I await its release - in hopefully more finished form - for my platform.
        • Chrome on Linux is very important to Google. They would love to be the

          browser of choice on all of the netbooks. But, they realize that all of the people on Mac and Linux are ALREADY on alternative, standards based browsers. Google wants to get WINDOWS users on standards based browsers, that run web applications offline. THAT is the most important to start with.
          • Why Windows first?

            Windows support is also most important because 80% of
            your user base in *using* Windows.
  • Full screen problem

    I have my task bar on the left side and google desktop on the right side of my screen. Both hide unless I mouse over them. In every application this works fine, except for Google Chrome. When I have chrome maximized, I cant access either the task bar or google desktop. This is a big enough issue that it prevents me from even thinking about switching to chrome.
    • Uncommon...

      That's interesting, because I have Google Desktop (the
      Sidebar) on the left and the taskbar on the bottom...
      both auto-hide... and both are accessible when Chrome
      is maximized. What operating system are you running?

      For Google Desktop's sidebar, do you have the "Always
      on Top" setting selected? Mine is.
      • auto-hide problem

        I am running Vista, and yes, it is selected to be always on top.
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    I love this new browser. It is so simple but yet very
    intricate. People should give it a try because ie is a
    john fritz79
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    I love this new browser by google. They have out done
    themselves. Goodbye ie
    john fritz79
  • Trying (is not equal to)?Adopting

    I hope you'll forgive me if I don't pour a forty for Opera just yet. This is the first opportunity that people have to use Chrome. It's a long way still from being in full release; yes, there are people who "have made the switch, and [are] definitely not looking back," but my strong suspicion is there are plenty of people who are still just giving it a whirl. Frankly, it's pretty much pointless to even talk about market share numbers at this point as anything other than an indicator of initial interest. Until at least a week has passed, I'll be pointing and laughing at anybody who tries to use the numbers for anything more concrete. Really, more like a month. Anything that's new and shiny (get it, shiny? like chrome? Ha!), especially coming from the folks at Google, deserves a solid test drive; that doesn't necessarily equate to a full conversion.
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    Have been using it for 24hrs + and apart from a little
    slowness on and a few other sites I am
    amazed at how fast pages load! But the I really miss
    my FF plugins like no-script, flv download helper etc
    etc. Also had a problem downloading my antivirus
    updates and had to switch to FDM to handle that. More
    screen real estate (not themes!?!) and minimal very
    little visual distraction. Poor IE, this is what the
    future looks like. Flawlessly imported 'everything'
    from FF, have not yet seen any prompts for anything
    yet ... no crashes, nothing odd. Wow. Still more
    reason why IE should not be part of the OS - total
    waste of space as far as I am concerned, slow and
    ugly, unloved and unused by me.
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    On several of my machines, IE7 became such a headache
    that I stopped using it entirely. Unfortunate because
    the free streaming service from Netflix will only work
    in IE. I got used to using Firefox almost

    My dislike of Firefox are the load-up time and the
    memory usage when multiple tabs are involved. Almost
    always, after a while, I would have to close the whole
    browser just to regain some system resources.

    Once I tried Chrome, I wanted it to be my new
    browser... but three things have been getting in the

    1) Strangely, it isn't integrated into Google
    Bookmarks (like the Google Toolbar)... so, while I can
    create bookmarks at home, those bookmarks are not
    available when I'm at work, or vice versa. Some other
    features of the Google Toolbar are also sorely missed
    like filling out forms or creating auto-links.

    2) Strangely again, the Google Notebook plugin is not
    available for Chrome. I use this extensively. A
    work-around is to use the Google Notebook bookmarklet.
    Personally, this isn't a perfect solution, but it will
    do for now.

    3) On some pages, Flash really slows things down or
    causes pauses. I'm hoping this is something they
    eventually work out when enough people experience and
    report the problem. For instance, I'd have Google
    Analytics take forever to load simply due to the flash

    I can live with number 2 for now (with the work-
    around), but number 1 and number 3 are really
    bothering me. I still use Chrome on a daily basis
    (mainly due to its smaller footprint resource-wise and
    its super-fast start-up time,) but I have to jump back
    to Firefox occasionally to do research that involves a
    lot of bookmarking or Notebook capturing. There are
    other little quirks I wish they'd fix... like in
    Google Docs (in a spreadsheet)... editing a field with
    contents SHOULD put the cursor at the end of the
    field... but in Chrome (and only Chrome) the cursor is
    placed at the beginning. These little quirks I can
    deal with and work-around. To me, the speed and
    stability are worth living with these quirks, as long
    as these will eventually be addressed. But sooner
    (rather than later) I really need my centralized
    Google Bookmarks to be available and my proper Google
    Notebook integration (or better, the whole Google
    Toolbar minus the unnecessary stuff)... and for Flash
    to be stabilized.
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    I couldn't wait for Google to release Chrome and I
    agree, I've switched to Chrome and I will probably
    never look back. Plus if there is some unforeseen
    reason that I "HAVE" to use another browser I will be
    certain it be Firefox and not IE. Go Google!!!!
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    I'm using Chrome fulltime now, love the ability to
    create an "Application", I keep a separate window for
    GMail which loads blazingly fast. There are some bugs,
    mostly some controls not being rendered, for instance
    the links above the Flickr images like "Add to
    favorites" don't appear in Chrome. I also miss
    RoboForm, my password manager, since Chrome is based
    on Mozilla there shouldn't be a lot of work to get it
    to install on Chrome.
    • Isn't Chrome based on Webkit?

      ..."since Chrome is based on Mozilla"

      I thought Chrome was based on Webkit (ie Safari)!?
      • Yes it is...

        Chromes rendering engine is the latest version of
        WebKit not Mozilla's Gecko. Chrome does borrow on some
        other Firefox features though as well as features from
        IE 8.0 and Opera 9.5 along with some of it's own.
  • RE: Google Chrome already beating Opera

    Great browser! Small, swift, and has incognito mode built in. Normally, you'd have to pay third party companies for that option. Good going Google!