Posts Tagged ‘Chrome’
Taken from TNW.
If you’re reading this on TNW then you’re probably not going to be surprised to find out what I’m about to tell you. If it has gotten passed on to you via your Hotmail account and you’re reading it on Internet Explorer, I apologize in advance.
Canadian “psychometric testing” company AptiQuant has gone to work trying to find a link between IQ and the browser of choice for different users (full results, in PDF form, here). With the understanding that those of lower intelligence might be more resistant to upgrades and trying new things, the group’s findings are not all that surprising.
In short, the lowest end of the scale more consistently chose to use Internet Explorer 6 (heck, even Microsoft doesn’t like IE6) while moving up the scale the smartest people studied are Opera users. Camino, IE with a Chrome frame and then Safari make up the remainder of the top 4, with Chrome itself holding the 6th spot.
AptiQuant states, in its conclusion, that the study “showed a substantial relationship between an individual’s cognitive ability and their choice of web browser.” The company went on to discuss the importance of using browsers that support modern Webstandards so as to lower the overall cost of Web development.
I guess what they’re saying is that you can blame the dumb people for all of the extra effort that devs have to expend, as well. Thanks, morons.
- Ahead of Firefox in South America; neck and neck in UK
- Despite falling market share Internet Explorer still leads
Boston, USA & Dublin, Ireland; Friday, 1st July 2011: Google’s Chrome exceeded 20% of the worldwide internet browser market during the month of June for the first time, according to StatCounter, the free website analytics company. The firm’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that Chrome took 20.7% of the global market, up from 2.8% in June 2009. In the same period Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has fallen from 59% to 44% globally and Firefox dropped slightly from 30% to 28%.
“It is a superb achievement by Google to go from under 3% two years ago to over 20% today,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “While Google has been highly effective in getting Chrome downloaded the real test is actual browser usage which our stats measure.”
In the US Chrome has risen to 16% behind market leader IE on 46.5% and Firefox on 24.7%. In the UK, Chrome at 21.1% is now neck and neck with Firefox on 21.7%. IE leads the UK market on 46.4%. (For other individual country or regional analysis see StatCounter Global Stats)
StatCounter Global Stats are based on aggregate data collected on a sample exceeding 15 billion page views per month (4 billion from the US) from the StatCounter network of more than three million websites.
Apart from its research arm, StatCounter provides free website traffic analysis. This allows website owners, developers and bloggers to capture valuable intelligence on their site in real time e.g. number of visitors, visitors by country/region, search terms, popular pages, download stats, exit links and other data.
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May 27, 2011 | 8:46 am
Gmail users who like to use email offline might have to downgrade their Web browsers, for now.
On Tuesday, Google shut off offline access to Gmail on Chrome, Safari, Opera and the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. The tech giant recommended that Chrome users temporarily switch to older versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox and refuse updates to continue accessing Gmail when not Web-connected.
The shutoff, announced two months ago, is part of a push by Google to switch from Gears — the desktop software it developed years ago to improve utility for Web applications such as Gmail and Google Docs — to HTML5.
So how long will this update take? Google promised a new Chrome Web app for using Gmail offline sometime this summer.
“We realize that there will be a temporary gap in Gmail offline access via Chrome,” Google said in a blog post, “We are working hard to deliver offline capabilities through a new Gmail Offline Chrome web app as quickly as possible.”
Until then, Google said Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.6 will still work for Gmail users without an Internet connection.
Although not mobile, this is certainly interesting enough.
Almost two years after Google first announced plans to build an operating system based on its Chrome web browser, the search giant has announced that the first Chrome OS-based netbooks – dubbed “Chromebooks” – from Samsung and Acer are set to go on sale from next month. With no traditional HDD for local storage, the web-centric devices store all the user’s apps, documents, and settings in the cloud resulting in some trimmed down devices with impressive boot up times and battery life.