As you may or may not know, Google is in the midst of holding its annual 2-day Chrome Developer Summit in California. During the conference’s opening ceremony this morning, the search engine giant revealed that the mobile version of its Chrome browser is currently being used by more than 800 million people each month, which is pretty impressive seeing as this time last year, the amount of Chrome mobile users was only estimated to be approximately 400 million — so in the last twelve months alone, it has doubled its user base. By the end of Q1 2016, Google expects there to be over one billion users using the service.
Earlier this year, Google announced that it would be supporting older desktop OS’s for Chrome for the remainder of 2015, but not beyond the end of the year. Today, the tech supergiant announced that after April 2016, the company would no longer be offering any support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. Read more
Today, Google released a new version of Chrome Beta that includes support for splash screens, desktop notification management, cooperative multitasking and various other security fixes. The update applies for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac and Windows. Read more
I am not 100% sure on exactly why you would want to do this, but a new Chrome extension called Shove will let you basically take over a friend’s browser. Not only that, but your friend can do the same to you.
Everyone likes being able to browse the internet using their phone, but no one likes waiting for the pages to load. Google realizes this as well and are working on what they call Accelerated Mobile Pages. This is said to drastically speed up mobile web browsing.
In an effort to encourage better communication between developers and the users of applications developed for the Chrome web browser, Google has added the ability for developers and users to post replies to feedback left on the Reviews tab. Ideally, users should leave bug reports and feature suggestions on the Support Tab. However, Google has noted that many users continue to use the Reviews tab for that purpose. Without a mechanism to respond to this feedback, users may get the impression their issues are never addressed. Read more
Google Chrome started as a pretty lightweight, snappy web browser. Over the years, it’s moved away from those core values and become a little bloated compared to some other browsers. It’s not awful, but if you frequent any tech sites or forums, you’ve probably seen some clever jokes about Chrome’s excessive RAM usage and the like. Read more
Google is updating their mobile friendly website test to try and promote less intrusive app installation warnings that hide significant amounts of content. When browsing a website on a mobile device, it’s not uncommon to see a pop-up that prompts you to install the site’s app on a mobile app store. Sometimes it’s out of the way and simple, like a native banner at the top of the website. Sometimes, though, it’s a very intrusive, large pop-up that hides the actual website. I’m sure you’ve seen one at least once since you’ve had a smartphone, but if you’ve managed to avoid it this long, trust me, they’re awful. Read more
On September 1st, you will no longer see advertisements utilizing Flash. This doesn’t mean that you won’t see video-like advertisements anymore, just they will all be HTML5.
Google’s AdWords division states that this change will speed up browser performance and bring all advertisers in line with the new HTML5 standard.