Why is Google's Chrome getting so much attention?

Why is Google's Chrome getting so much attention?

Summary: Net Application's data for April is out, and it shows that Google Chrome is the only browser making any real usage gains. Why?

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Net Application's data for April is out, and it shows that Google Chrome is the only browser making any real usage gains. Why?

By the end of April, Chrome had a usage share of 6.7%, gaining a 0.6% share. That might not seem like much, but it's the largest increase that the browser has seen since it was launched, and more than any of the other players can manage.

By comparison, Safari and Firefox can only manage to make tiny gains, while Opera lost a little ground, and Internet Explorer losing a bit more.

But what is it about Chrome that people like? Is it that's a lightweight browser, or the fact that it's pretty secure? Or maybe it's because of its minimalistic look and feel? Or the no-fuss way it updates itself? Is is that it's new? Is it because Google is pushing it hard through various channels?

It's hard to tell. Having spoken to a number of recent converts to Google Chrome, it seems that the minimalistic nature of the browser is certainly one attractive feature. Tech geeks aside, people are more interested in web content than they are the browser.

Looking at the current trends, I'm wondering if there's not a market for a "lite" version of the top browsers - Firefox would be the main candidate for the "lite" treatment. Rip out everything but the basics needed for browsing. Think it couldn't work? Don't be so sure! There doesn't seem to be a shortage of folks browsing the web on devices with tiny screens using very basic browsers.

... or maybe Chrome is all the "lite" browser people need ...

Net Applications measures operating system usage by tracking computers that visit the 40,000 sites monitored for clients, which represents a pool of about 160 million unique visitors each month. This data is then weighted based on the estimated size of each country’s Internet population.

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  • I'm not sure...

    I only read this blog to see the grammar,
    spelling, and English errors...
    but, 0.6% increase? Is that something to throw
    a party over?
    wizard57m-cnet
    • Grammar? Spelling!?!?

      Got anything better to do during the day? Geez if
      someone misspells a word, big deal!

      0.6 Share is a actually a big jump considering the
      competition.

      I made sure to spell everything right, sir.
      GameOvR
      • You may have spelled everything...

        but you missed the grammar. "is a actually"
        should be "is an actually", and "Share" should
        not be capitolized. However, the point of my
        comment was not so much in regards to THIS one
        blog post of Adrian's, but in context of a
        continuing barrage of errors inflicted on ZD
        Net readers...you can look through his prior
        posts if you wish.
        wizard57m-cnet
        • get over it

          we all have much more important things to concern ourselves with other then grammar, i dont have the time in my day to critique every little error on somebody else's post, in fact, i wish i did! haha, must be nice. Deal with it if you dont like it dont read the blogs, seriously it infuriates me to no end when people pick that apart when there is a wealth of information to be seen, you cant find any flaw in the information so you pick apart the way the words are put together? seriously? let it be and get a life. thats all i have to say about you

          as for the information, chrome is just a great browser from my experience.

          *edit* i reread my post and am happy to say its full of grammar flaws and the one of the sentences is a little weird how it flows, and i dont care :)
          OneTwoc21
          • Which is how we feel about your post:

            Lack of concern for details reflects the level of competency on the part of the producer.

            The issue isn't grammar, it's usage, by the way.
            jimmanis
        • Hey Grammar Nazi...

          ...it's "capitalized" not "capitolized". Before you flame bait people, try to get your own act together.
          GoodThings2Life
          • Man, that's a good catch! LOL [nt]

            nt
            Coogol
          • do not feed trolls ... stick to what this post is all about!

            as in subject
            jp7691@...
        • Did you check your spelling? :-)

          I thought that it should be "capit{a}lized" and not "capit{o}lized".

          Am I missing something? ;-)

          Adrian is, probably, using his new iPhone and not always hit the right keys. :-)
          Solid Water
        • roles I's

          .
          Olderdan
        • "capitolized"???

          You mean "capitalized", surely? :-p

          If you're British there's another spelling mistake in there too ;-)
          Tom-Tech
        • Grammar Nazi

          Another important airhead grammar Nazi troll that knows nothing
          about the subject matter. Did you major in some useless
          unemployable English arts subject? You know the ones that don't
          use any technical, legal or medical terminology.
          bigpicture
  • RE: Why is Google's Chrome getting so much attention?

    They also need to differentiate primary browsers from "just giving it a try". I have IE and Firefox on my machine, which are enough. I wonder how much of that 0.6% is just geeks experimenting.
    bhaydama
    • 0.6% in perspective

      Considering there are around 1.8 billion Internet
      users currently....
      http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm
      ...0.6% in web usage would translate to roughly 10
      million users.
      If it were geeks using the browser only part-time
      the number would be even greater.
      Theli
      • Chrome is not a geek browser ...

        FF Firebug is superior by far to anything out there.
        Plus Chrome does not have Master Password, which makes it pretty silly to use for anything requiring logging-in (if pass is stored that is), as anyone, who have access to browser can easily retrieve your password (again ... if stored).
        But Chrome 4 overall is a very stable piece of soft.
        jp7691@...
    • It is usage, not installed base

      The statistics are based on an analysis of the
      browsers that are used to access the monitored web
      sites.

      It is not based on the installed base.

      If people install 10 browsers using 9 of them
      casually and 1 of them most of the time, then that
      one browser would show higher in the list.
      rarsa
  • RE: Why is Google's Chrome getting so much attention?

    It's the YouTube sheeple.
    Vokar
  • Well its a snappy straight to the point browser.

    It makes Firefox and Opera sometimes seem a little clunky
    to me. Personally I've grown accustomed to the one box
    idea the minimalist interface really saves me real estate
    on my laptop. And their Linux build now seems more
    lightweight yet solid than the FireFox Linux build. I
    decided to give the last version a try and before I knew
    it I was using it as my primary browser. I just about
    hate starting FF now.
    storm14k
    • do you use it to login to anything?

      If yes, I suggest go to:
      [wrench icon]-> options-> personal stuff-> select: "never save passwords" ... and remember all your passwords! do not store them on Chrome!

      If you do and if anyone have access to your laptop, they can go to:

      [wrench icon]-> options-> personal stuff-> show saved passwords-> select web from list-> show passwords button ...

      and voila, they have you by the "tender parts".

      So, if you use Chrome on laptop, you better not loose it ... even out of sight;)
      If you do ... change ALL your passwords ASAP.

      FF protects you by master pass in similar scenario.
      jp7691@...
      • passwords and encryption

        Might I suggest you encrypt your laptop (and
        desktop) and use passwords to protect your
        computer account. Passwords and passphrases and
        encryption keys are only as good as the
        workstation that they reside on. If you're not
        encrypting your workstations properly in the
        first place then of course you're going to be
        worried about losing passwords. Don't let
        people use your computer account. Let them use
        a guest account if you're worried about them
        being nosy. Windows 7 and Ubuntu, as examples,
        both trivially support encrypting all of your
        personal data on-disk.

        At work, I've gone so far as to mandate that all
        laptops be encrypted. Its free (or at least
        built into the price of the OS), its simple, and
        its insane not to do so.
        cabdriverjim