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What is Google Chrome?

Chrome

Google Chrome is a free, open-source web browser developed by Google, released in 2008.

When Google decided to make a browser, they wanted to completely rethink the browser, as browsing now is very different from browsing simple text pages. Now we email, shop, pay bills, and run large application in our browsers.

Google Chrome is the world's most used browser today: Download Chrome.


Google Chrome Statistics

The following table is a breakdown of the Google Chrome numbers from our Browsers Statistics:

2014 Total           C 34 C 33 C 32 C 31 C 30 Older
February 56.4%           0.4% 12.2% 33.3% 2.0% 0.5% 8.0%
January 55.7%               26.4% 24.5% 0.8% 4.0%
                         
2013 Total C 32 C 31 C 30 C 29 C 28 C 27 C 26 C 25 C 24 C 23 Older
December 55.8% 1.0% 49.0% 1.6% 0.8% 0.8% 0.6% 0.3% 0.2% 0.1% 0.2% 1.2%
November 54.8% 0.5% 26.3% 23.7% 1.1% 1.0% 0.6% 0.4% 0.3% 0.2% 0.2% 0.5%
October 54.1% 0.2% 0.5% 39.8% 8.3% 1.9% 0.7% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 1.5%
September 53.2%     0.6% 46.0% 3.2% 1.0% 0.5% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 1.1%
August 52.9%     0.5% 11.1% 36.5% 1.9% 0.5% 0.5% 0.3% 0.2% 1.1%
July 52.8%     0.2% 0.5% 30.3% 18.3% 0.8% 0.6% 0.3% 0.3% 1.5%
June 52.1%       0.4% 1.5% 45.3% 1.7% 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 1.4%
May 52.9%         0.5% 10.0% 38.4% 1.4% 0.5% 0.4% 1.7%
April 52.7%         0.3% 0.7% 45.8% 2.9% 0.7% 0.6% 1.7%
March 51.7%           0.4% 2.1% 44.2% 2.1% 0.8% 2.1%
February 50.0%               7.7% 37.8% 1.4% 3.1%
January 48.4%               0.7% 26.5% 17.7% 3.5%
                         
2012 Total C 25 C 24 C 23 C 22 C 21 C 20 C 19 C 18 C 17 C 16 Older
December 46.9% 0.4% 0.7% 41.7% 1.1% 0.5% 0.5% 0.2% 0.5% 0.2% 0.1% 1.0%
November 46.3% 0.3% 0.6% 30.3% 10.7% 1.1% 0.7% 0.4% 0.7% 0.3% 0.2% 1.0%
October 44.9%   0.3% 0.7% 38.2% 1.8% 0.9% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4% 0.3% 1.0%
September 44.1%     0.4% 4.1% 35.2% 0.9% 0.6% 1.0% 0.4% 0.3% 1.2%
August 43.7%     0.1% 0.5% 34.7% 4.2% 0.9% 1.2% 0.5% 0.3% 1.3%
July 42.9%       0.3% 0.7% 35.4% 2.7% 1.3% 0.6% 0.4% 1.5%
June 41.7%         0.4% 1.6% 35.4% 1.5% 0.7% 0.4% 1.7%
May 39.3%         0.1% 0.5% 15.8% 19.8% 0.9% 0.5% 1.7%
April 38.3%           0.3% 0.9% 31.3% 3.4% 0.6% 1.8%
March 37.3%             0.6% 1.5% 31.9% 1.0% 2.3%
February 36.3%             0.3% 0.9% 17.1% 15.3% 2.7%
January 35.3%               0.3% 1.1% 30.5% 3.4%
                         
2011 Total C 17 C 16 C 15 C 14 C 13 C 12 C 11 C 10 C 9 C 8 Older
December 34.6% 0.7% 13.4% 17.8% 0.9% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.4%
November 33.4% 0.4% 1.0% 28.1% 1.6% 0.5% 0.5% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.7%
October 32.3%   0.5% 3.3% 25.5% 0.9% 0.8% 0.3% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.5%
September 30.5%     0.7% 11.2% 16.0% 1.1% 0.3% 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.7%
August 30.3%     0.3% 1.0% 21.2% 6.0% 0.5% 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.7%
July 29.4%       0.7% 1.2% 25.3% 0.7% 0.4% 0.2% 0.2% 0.7%
June 27.9%       0.2% 0.8% 17.3% 7.6% 0.8% 0.2% 0.2% 0.8%
May 25.9%         0.3% 1.1% 21.0% 2.2% 0.3% 0.3% 0.7%
April 25.6%           0.6% 1.9% 21.3% 0.6% 0.4% 0.8%
March 25.0%           0.1% 0.8% 14.8% 7.7% 0.6% 1.0%
February 24.1%             0.2% 0.9% 17.0% 4.8% 1.2%
January 23.8%               0.7% 1.3% 20.4% 1.4%
                         
2010 Total         C 9 C 8 C 7 C 6 C 5 C 4 Older
December 22.4%         1.2% 16.6% 3.5% 0.4% 0.4% 0.2% 0.1%
November 20.5%         0.6% 0.9% 17.7% 0.7% 0.4% 0.2% 0.0%
October 19.2%           0.3% 5.6% 12.3% 0.6% 0.2% 0.2%
September 17.3%             0.6% 11.4% 4.9% 0.3% 0.1%
August 17.0%             0.1% 1.3% 15.1% 0.3% 0.2%
July 16.7%               0.8% 15.3% 0.4% 0.2%
June 15.9%               0.7% 13.9% 1.1% 0.2%
May 14.5%               0.3% 3.4% 10.6% 0.2%
April 13.6%                 2.5% 10.8% 0.3%
March 12.3%                 1.7% 10.4% 0.2%
February 11.6%                 1.0% 10.0% 0.6%
January 10.8%                   2.8% 8.0%
                         
2009 Total               C 4 C 3 C 2 C 1
December 9.8%               1.9% 7.7% 0.1% 0.1%
November 8.5%               1.1% 7.1% 0.2% 0.1%
October 8.0%               0.5% 7.0% 0.4% 0.1%
September 7.1%               0.4% 2.7% 3.9% 0.1%
August 7.0%                 0.8% 6.1% 0.1%
July 6.5%                 0.3% 6.0% 0.2%
June 6.0%                 0.2% 4.6% 1.2%
May 5.5%                   0.8% 4.6%
April 4.9%                   0.4% 4.4%
March 4.2%                   0.2% 3.9%
February 4.0%                   0.1% 3.8%
January 3.9%                   0.1% 3.7%
                         
2008 Total                   C 1  Beta
December 3.6%                   1.6% 2.0%
November 3.1%                     3.1%
October 3.0%                     3.0%
September 3.1%                     3.1%

These statistics are based on W3Schools' users.


Google Chrome Comic

Google has made a comic on how they made the Google Chrome browser:

http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/


Google Chrome 32

Chrome 32 was released on January 14, 2014.

Chrome 32 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome Frame, and Android (on January 15).

New features:

  • Tab indicators for sound, webcam and casting
  • A new look for Win8 Metro mode
  • Automatic blocking of malware downloads
  • Supervised Users - Chrome users can now create sub-accounts for family members, allowing for website restrictions and monitoring (visit chrome.com/manage)
  • 11 security fixes

Google Chrome 31

Chrome 31 was released on November 12, 2013.

Chrome 31 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome Frame, and Android (on November 15).

New features:

  • Support for Web payments - A new API which allows users to store often-used payment details such as credit card numbers
  • Launches Portable Native Client (PNaCl) - This tool lets developers compile their code once to run on any hardware and website
  • 25 security fixes

Google Chrome 30

Chrome 30 was released on October 1, 2013.

Chrome 30 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

New features:

  • Search by image - Right-click on an image and choose "Search Google for this image"
  • Three new touchscreen gestures, including swiping horizontally to switch tabs and dragging down from the toolbar to see the tab switcher view
  • New APIs such as MediaSource and DeviceMotion (for better integration between webapps and handhelds)
  • 50 security fixes

Google Chrome 29

Chrome 29 was released on August 20, 2013.

Chrome 29 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

New features:

  • Improved Omnibox suggestions (based on recency of visited sites)
  • Ability to reset your profile back to its original state
  • Many new apps and extensions APIs
  • Stability and performance improvements
  • 25 security fixes

Google Chrome 28

Chrome 28 was released on July 30, 2013.

Chrome 28 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

New features:

  • Blink rendering engine (no more Webkit)
  • Support for the CSS @support rule
  • Rich notifications for Chrome apps and extensions
  • HTML5 fullscreen API on Android
  • 16 security fixes

Google Chrome 27

Chrome 27 was released on May 22, 2013.

Chrome 27 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • 5% faster page loads
  • Support for the following HTML5 input types: date, datetime-local, month, week, and time
  • The Developer Tools window can now be docked to the right
  • Sync FileSystem API - A new offline storage API
  • 14 security fixes

Google Chrome 26

Chrome 26 was released on March 26, 2013.

Chrome 26 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Improved spell-checking
  • Desktop shortcuts for multiple users (profiles) on Windows
  • Updated dictionaries for all languages in Chrome
  • Support for three new languages (Korean, Tamil, and Albanian)

Google Chrome 25

Chrome 25 was released on February 21, 2013.

Chrome 25 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Voice recognition support - Via Web Speech API
  • Better support for HTML5 time/date inputs
  • Includes an Adobe Flash update
  • Multiple monitor support in extended desktop mode
  • Removed silent extension installs for Windows users

Google Chrome 24

Chrome 24 was released on January 10, 2013.

Chrome 24 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Speed improvements
  • The HTML5 <datalist> element now supports a date and time
  • Added support for MathML
  • Included experimental support for CSS Custom Filters
  • Bug/Security fixes

Google Chrome 23

Chrome 23 was released on November 6, 2012.

Chrome 23 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Offers a "Do not track" feature
  • Includes GPU accelerated video decoding on Windows - increases battery life significantly while watching videos
  • Includes easier website permissions

Google Chrome 22

Chrome 22 was released on September 25, 2012.

Chrome 22 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Pointer Lock API (Mouse Lock) - allows more accurate gaming while using a computer mouse
  • Windows 8 enhancements
  • Improvements for Apple's Retina screens
  • Removed the old integrated Flash Plugin (gcswf32.dll) - The only integral Flash Player plugin is now PepperFlash; which is a cross-platform API for plugins for web browsers
  • 24 security fixes

Google Chrome 21

Chrome 21 was released on August 1, 2012.

Chrome 21 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Support for Apple's Retina display
  • Support for the getUserMedia JavaScript API (allows Web applications to access the user's webcam and microphone)
  • Improved support for the gamepad input devices
  • Deeper integration with Google's Cloud Print service
  • 26 security fixes

Google Chrome 20

Chrome 20 was released on July 11, 2012.

Chrome 20 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Various fixes and stability improvements
  • The "New Tab" button is bigger

Google Chrome 19

Chrome 19 was released on May 16, 2012.

Chrome 19 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Tab Sync - when you are signed in to Chrome, your open tabs will now be synchronized across all your devices
  • Chrome Startup Tab - Chrome now sets the startup tab (the first page you see when Chrome opens) to the "New Tab" page by default

Google Chrome 18

Chrome 18 was released on April 19, 2012.

Chrome 18 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Improved 2D graphics performance in HTML5
  • Included a software rasterizer - to enable older machines to display content rendered using newer, unsupported technologies such as WebGL

Google Chrome 17

Chrome 17 was released on February 8, 2012.

Chrome 17 is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

New features:

  • Download Scanning Protection - Compares downloaded .exes and .msi files to a Google-list and alerts if the file has been downloaded from a known malicious site
  • Omnibox Prerendering - the browser loads search results/web pages in the background, before you finish typing them to make page loading seem faster

Note: 6th February, 2012 - Google released the first Chrome beta for Android 4.0 tablets and phones!


Google Chrome 16

Chrome 16 was released on December 14, 2011.

New features:

  • New syncing tools - Signing in to Chrome lets you take your Chrome stuff with you. You can save your bookmarks, extensions, apps and preferences to your Google Account - so they will be available on any computer you use. It's also a good way to backup your Chrome stuff online - even if your computer died you would easily be able to restore (synch) your Chrome data and settings onto a new computer
  • Multiple-profile user support in one browser window - Enables multiple users to use the same browser window and load their browsing history/bookmarks as long as they are synced
  • Google Cloud Print - Print any webpage to Google Cloud Print (your printer is available to you from any enabled web app).

Google Chrome 15

Chrome 15 was released on October 25, 2011.

New features:

  • Redesigned "New Tab" page - Lets you toggle between apps and frequently visited sites
  • Extension manager - is now a section of the options page and has a new interface
  • JavaScript fullscreen API enabled by default - allowing for full-screen HTML5 video
  • Added Chrome sync in the menu
  • Faster Print Preview

Google Chrome 14

Chrome 14 was released on September 16, 2011.

New features:

  • Strengthens the secure Web protocol (HTTPS over DNSSEC)
  • Updated JavaScript engine to V8 3.4.3.0
  • Print Preview (Mac)

Google Chrome 13

Chrome 13 was released on August 2, 2011.

New features:

  • Instant Pages - quicker Google search results (pre-rendering of webpages)
  • Print Preview (Windows/Linux)

Google Chrome 12

Chrome 12 was released on June 7, 2011.

New features:

  • More secure
  • Support for hardware-accelerated 3D CSS.

Google Chrome 11

Chrome 11 was released on April 27, 2011.

New features:

  • Brand new logo
  • Adds HTML speech (Chrome can now convert your speech to text)

Google Chrome 10

Chrome 10 was released on March 8, 2011.

New features:

  • Much faster
  • New password sync features
  • New browser settings

Google Chrome 9

Chrome 9 was released on February 3, 2011.

New features:

  • Chrome Web Store
  • WebGL for 3D graphics
  • Chrome Instant - starts loading frequently visited web pages as soon as you start typing

Google Chrome 8

Chrome 8 was released on December 2, 2010.

New features:

  • Stability improvements
  • Better CSS3 support
  • Better HTML5 support

Google Chrome 7

Chrome 7 was released on October 21, 2010.

New features:

  • Lots of bug fixes
  • New HTML5 parser

Google Chrome 6

Chrome 6 was released on September 2, 2010.

New features:

  • Chrome Sync: Any changes to your browser settings will be synced to the Google Account you have used to sign in to Chrome

Google Chrome 5

Chrome 5 was released on May 21, 2010.

New features:

  • Improved JavaScript performance
  • Increased HTML5 support (Geolocation, App Cache, Web sockets, drag and drop)
  • Integrated Adobe Flash Player
  • For Mac and Linux users, Chrome 5 is finally out of beta
  • Lets you use the features in the extension gallery when browsing in incognito mode

Google Chrome 4

Chrome 4 was released on January 25, 2010.

New features:

  • Faster, more secure
  • Increased HTML5 support
  • Thousands of new tools in the Chrome extension gallery
  • Offers bookmark synchronizing between multiple computers

Google Chrome 3

Chrome 3 was released on October 12, 2009.

New features:

  • Re-designed startpage (New Tab Page)
  • 25% faster JavaScript
  • Improved address bar
  • Support for HTML5 <video> and <audio>
  • Different themes for the browser

Google Chrome 2

Chrome 2 was released on May 24, 2009.

New features:

  • New Tab Screen, which displays your most visited web pages and the possibility to get rid of pages you don't want to be displayed in the Tab Screen
  • Auto-fill forms
  • Full screen mode
  • Over 300 bug fixes
  • 35% faster JavaScript

Google Chrome 1

Chrome 1 was released on December 11, 2008.

FIRST STABLE RELEASE!

It took Google 100 days from the release of the Beta version to the full version. In these 100 days, Google improved the browser, and listened to requests from the users.


Google Chrome's first Beta

Chrome's first Beta 1 was released on September 2, 2008.



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