Thursday, September 4th 2008

Google Chrome Claims 1% Market-Share in Just 9 Hours

On September the 3rd, Google released a beta version of its upcoming Chrome web-browser software. The beta was released at 3:02 PM EDT and it captured 0.5% of the browser market share in just 2 hours of release. What's more, by the end of 9 hours since launch, the browser had already captured 1% of the market. Net Applications found that value to fluctuate but the browser currently is looking above the 1% mark. Data was collected studying the browser's ID:
Official Build 1583
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13
The numbers are mind-boggling. Considering there are about 1.46 Billion internet users, 1% should take at least 14 million users to keep that value. In other terms, the number of times Chrome beta may have been downloaded looks threatening to Mozilla. It wouldn't be too far sighted to think Google Chrome could challenge Mozilla's world record when (or if) a stable release does come out (G-Mail is still beta). The browser has received a largely positive response albeit issues concerning its privacy policy, where irregularities were noted. All in all, Google did manage to make heads turn.Source: TG Daily
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136 Comments on Google Chrome Claims 1% Market-Share in Just 9 Hours

#1
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
Rather misleading, considering everyone is trying it out and nobody knows if they'll keep using it.
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#2
jbunch07
Google ftw....Its amazing how much this company has grown in just a matter of years.
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#3
Squirrely
It is quite misleading, as most I suspect are just trying it out as said above.
Though, Fudzilla said they actually obtained 3% in the whole first day. That's quite a lot of downloads! :laugh:
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: jbunch07
Google ftw....Its amazing how much this company has grown in just a matter of years.
Many companies grew in similar ways several years ago, few survived. And I disagree with the Google ftw statement. Forcing their search bar upon you, hiding behind beta statuses, primarily being concerned with advertising (even basing ads on the content of your mail). They're just a glorified ad company. I like their search engine and Google earth, apart from that I don't care about their stuff and even less about the company itself.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Would be interesting to see how long Chrome remains as a beta. GMail has been beta for 3 years now (?)
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#6
jbunch07
by: DanTheBanjoman
Many companies grew in similar ways several years ago, few survived. And I disagree with the Google ftw statement. Forcing their search bar upon you, hiding behind beta statuses, primarily being concerned with advertising (even basing ads on the content of your mail). They're just a glorified ad company. I like their search engine and Google earth, apart from that I don't care about their stuff and even less about the company itself.
Yeah you do hava a good point there. I'm not using chrome im still on firefox however i have played around with chrome, right now I think i like firfox better just because im so used to it.
But Google does have a very nice search engine (the only one I use) and Google earth is always fun. And it is sad that they have adds in the gmail now...i never really was a fan of that, but other than that i like gmail.
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kylew
by: DanTheBanjoman
Many companies grew in similar ways several years ago, few survived. And I disagree with the Google ftw statement. Forcing their search bar upon you, hiding behind beta statuses, primarily being concerned with advertising (even basing ads on the content of your mail). They're just a glorified ad company. I like their search engine and Google earth, apart from that I don't care about their stuff and even less about the company itself.
Google Sketchup FTW! :D

I'm not really interested in Chrome though and google earth is a bit stale, windows live maps seems far superior with its better image quality and far more up to date photographs.
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#8
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
Well, I never used sketchup, installing it seems to prove my point:

I want Sketchup, how is a damn search engine related?(box was checked by default) Besides, why Internet Explorer? Why not in Firefox, I have that installed as well. Google acts like they're David but these days they're Goliath in denial. They force as much upon you as the popular companies to bash.
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#9
MopeyMartian
I'm trying it right now. Still don't see what all the hype is about.
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#10
jbunch07
Well at least they ask you first...some companies don't even do that.
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@DanTheBanjoman - Its not like they are forcing the search engine upon you, at least you have a tick to uncheck. If it was not there then it would have been another matter .
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: MopeyMartian
I'm trying it right now. Still don't see what all the hype is about.
I gace up within a minute, won't run decent on my laptop :) Which is surprising, considering it's not high res or anything, it looks simple, how hard could it be to draw?
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#13
jbunch07
Ive seen some really nice stuff made in google sketchup...Ive been playing with it for a few months now but nothing to show for it.
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#14
mdm-adph
by: DanTheBanjoman
Forcing their search bar upon you --
I agree with some of your points, but in case you haven't noticed, when you search in Chrome for the first time, it asks you if you want to use Google as your search engine or if you'd like to use another. That's a damn sight better than IE7 did, which forced MSN upon you by default. :shadedshu
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jbunch07
by: mdm-adph
I agree with some of your points, but in case you haven't noticed, when you search in Chrome for the first time, it asks you if you want to use Google as your search engine or if you'd like to use another. That's a damn sight better than IE7 did, which forced MSN upon you by default. :shadedshu
that was the point i was getting at a few post up.
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#16
kylew
by: DanTheBanjoman
I gace up within a minute, won't run decent on my laptop :) Which is surprising, considering it's not high res or anything, it looks simple, how hard could it be to draw?
It's not hard at all, I use it on quite a regular basis for personal use and work use. I work at an architects practice and I've used it to produce quite a few models of buildings with nice results.

Here's something I made for fun, just to test how easy it was to use 3DSmax to texture and render sketchup models.
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: wolf2009
@DanTheBanjoman - Its not like they are forcing the search engine upon you, at least you have a tick to uncheck. If it was not there then it would have been another matter .
Considering I have to uncheck checkboxes like these (mostly for their toolbar) on every unrelated product I install I considering it extremely annoying.

For instance, Skype wants to install Google toolbar. People at work use Skype, so I agreed to give it to people by default. I install everything unattended via scripts, which includes the toolbar. I actually have to add keys to the registry to disable the "optional" Google toolbar. Go user friendly Google!
Of course we can blame skype/ebay here, then again I'm pretty sure Google pays them to put it in the installer in the first place. If I want the damn toolbar I'll download it myself. If I want Google as homepage I'll do that myself.
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DanTheBanjoman
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by: mdm-adph
I agree with some of your points, but in case you haven't noticed, when you search in Chrome for the first time, it asks you if you want to use Google as your search engine or if you'd like to use another. That's a damn sight better than IE7 did, which forced MSN upon you by default. :shadedshu
Of course I haven't noticed, I haven't used Chrome. I commented on Google, not on Chrome.

by: kylew
It's not hard at all, I use it on quite a regular basis for personal use and work use. I work at an architects practice and I've used it to produce quite a few models of buildings with nice results.

Here's something I made for fun, just to test how easy it was to use 3DSmax to texture and render sketchup models.
I gave up because my laptop has a 16MB videocard which makes the thing terribly slow. Not because I didn't understand it. I might look at it at home.
Is it useful for interior design as well? ie placing furniture and the likes?
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alexp999
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by: DanTheBanjoman
Well, I never used sketchup, installing it seems to prove my point:

I want Sketchup, how is a damn search engine related?(box was checked by default) Besides, why Internet Explorer? Why not in Firefox, I have that installed as well. Google acts like they're David but these days they're Goliath in denial. They force as much upon you as the popular companies to bash.
Installing any of the Windows Live software is the same. (MSN, Mail, Photo, etc)
During install there must be something like 4 boxes which are by default ticked saying stuff like:

Set MSN as your homepage
Set Live Search as default
Install MSN toolbar
...etc

Only stuff I like Google for is Search Engine and Sketchup. I want to like google earth, but i find MS live maps much faster. (at least on my PC)

Havent tried out chrome and dont really intend to. IE7 is serving me well and doing everything I want it to. If it aint broke dont fix it.

I was quite interested in the Google OS though, but after seeing this and experiencing DX10 and Vista, I'm happy now, lol.
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Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
by: mdm-adph
That's a damn sight better than IE7 did, which forced MSN upon you by default. :shadedshu
After installing IE7, the first time that you run it, it goes to a page that lets you configure your settings which include setting your default search engine from a list of common ones or by adding whatever you like. I hardly call that forcing it upon you.
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#21
mdm-adph
by: DanTheBanjoman
I actually have to add keys to the registry to disable the "optional" Google toolbar. Go user friendly Google!
Of course we can blame skype/ebay here, then again I'm pretty sure Google pays them to put it in the installer in the first place. If I want the damn toolbar I'll download it myself. If I want Google as homepage I'll do that myself.
I know how you feel! I recently bought a new computer, and had to erase the entire hard drive just to get rid of Windows. Go user friendly Microsoft! What's with these companies!?! :confused:

Of course we can blame Dell here, but then again I'm pretty sure Microsoft pays them to put Windows in place.

by: DanTheBanjoman
Of course I haven't noticed, I haven't used Chrome. I commented on Google, not on Chrome.
Well, since you obviously count yourself as some sort of system adminstrator, I'd suggest you give it a shot, just for testing purposes.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: DanTheBanjoman
Of course I haven't noticed, I haven't used Chrome. I commented on Google, not on Chrome.
But you said you ran it on your laptop...and gave up within a minute amirite? Or did you say that on the sys reqs.?
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: alexp999
Installing any of the Windows Live software is the same. (MSN, Mail, Photo, etc)
During install there must be something like 4 boxes which are by default ticked saying stuff like:

Set MSN as your homepage
Set Live Search as default
Install MSN toolbar
...etc
And how is that related to Google? Some pr0n sites I visit spam me with crap as well, that doesn't make them relevant to Google being annoying either.
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DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: btarunr
But you said you ran it on your laptop...and gave up within a minute amirite? Or did you say that on the sys reqs.?
I read back, I see the confusion. I was talking about Sketchup. Apparently Chrome does well when it comes to system requirements.


by: mdm-adph
I know how you feel! I recently bought a new computer, and had to erase the entire hard drive just to get rid of Windows. Go user friendly Microsoft! What's with these companies!?! :confused:

Of course we can blame Dell here, but then again I'm pretty sure Microsoft pays them to put Windows in place.
See above response, post that is, how is Microsoft related to anything? Where have I stated Microsoft is any better?
Well, since you obviously count yourself as some sort of system adminstrator, I'd suggest you give it a shot, just for testing purposes.
I don't count myself as "some sort of system administrator", it's actually my job. As for giving it a shot, waste of my time. I work for a software development company. Apart from administration it's mainly programmers, they don't care if I believe they should use a different browser. In return I don't care about what they use either, if they manage to screw up their machine I wipe it and they can reinstall whatever I don't.
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#25
mdm-adph
by: Kreij
After installing IE7, the first time that you run it, it goes to a page that lets you configure your settings which include setting your default search engine from a list of common ones or by adding whatever you like. I hardly call that forcing it upon you.
Aye, but Chrome's got that beat -- it's got a nag box that won't go away until you choose either Google or another search engine. The IE7 first time start page is completely ignored by most users (including me! :laugh:).
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