Microsoft has it, Google has it so why shouldn’t Baidu build one too?
To strengthen its business, Baidu, China’s most popular search engine is already working on its own web browser (codenamed FlyFlow) and as it turns out, testing phase has already begun.
Not much is known yet, although it was revealed that FlyFlow will have its own application platform and considering Baidu popularity, we might even see IE6 glory days over.
Rendering engine remains unknown as well. However, users should expect to see the public Beta of this web browser in the very near future.
Additional security is also reserved for those who use Windows Vista or newer versions as Google has extended Chrome’s sandboxing technology with regard to the integrated Flash Player in Chrome. The following video explains this feature in more detail:
Google Chrome can be downloaded from here.
It looks like the 64 bit version of Google Chrome web browser might be coming in the near future as AreWeFastYet.com now lists both OS versions:
Mac OS X, 32-bit
Mac OS X, 64-bit
However, don’t get too excited yet. When comparing benchmark results, 64 bit version actually scored much less than the 32 bit version: 5600 points vs. 6700 points (V8 benchmark).
Judging from test results, 64 build still has a long way to go.
If you have found that onclick event does not work on Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari web browsers, then here is quick way to fix it:
Replace onclick form id with its name
For example, let’s say you have the following:
Find JS event:
All set. It now works with all web browsers.
It’s the 1st of March already, so let’s dive into February market share data.
With the release of Internet Explorer 9 RC, Microsoft has taken some share back, up from 56.00% to 56.77% (0.77 point increase).
While everyone awaits the final version of Firefox 4, an open source web browser continues the downtrend, from 22.75% to 21.74% (1.01 point decrease).
Google Chrome does not seem to be stopping anytime soon as we see a yet another increase, up from 10.70% to 10.93% (0.23 point increase).
Things look good in the Safari camp as well, this time its market share has increased by 0.06 point, up from 6.30% to 6.36%.
After some recover, Opera has lost 0.13 point of the market share in February, down from 2.15% to 2.28%.
Google has just released a new version of the Google Chrome Stable browser. The new version of Google Chrome Stable is 9.0.597.107 for all supported platforms (which means Linux, Windows and Mac).
The update is a security release as it fixes several security vulnerabilities that have been discovered in previous versions of the browser.
The announcement lists a total of 19 security vulnerabilities that have been fixed in the new version. Of these 19, 16 received a severity rating of high, which is the second-highest available rating. The remaining three vulnerabilities have been rated as medium.
The updates will be applied automatically to existing installations of the Google browser. Users who have disabled automatic updates need to download the latest version of the web browser from the official download page over at Google.
Chrome users can verify the version of their browser by clicking on Tools > About Google Chrome.
The Chrome security team mentioned that their rewards program has now given independent security researchers more than $100,000 since its inception. The program is an incentive for independent security researchers to search for security vulnerabilities in the web browser.
Although I find myself using find function quite often, I haven’t noticed this Google Chrome feature before:
It shows in the scroll bar where the word you’re searching for is located.
A lot of news about Google Chrome lately, no? This time it’s about how the next iteration of Google Chrome will implement a feature that only Internet Explorer 9 has so far and that feature is: dropping the address bar.
Despite being one of the most minimalist web browsers already, the next Google Chrome version will save even more screen space.
Don’t worry, the address bar will reappear when users move the cursor over the spot where the address bar normally is. It is a feature that only the beta of Internet Explorer 9 currently boasts but Google seemingly intends to take it a step further.
The Chromium website had this to say about the new and even more compact design:
If we take the address bar out of the tab, it can be used as both a launcher and switcher; the user doesn’t have to worry about replacing their active tab. The current URL shows while a site is loading, and can be edited or changed by clicking on the tab.
Mind you, Google has not commented on when these changes will be implemented, let alone when. Obvious advantages and disadvantages, however, include more vertical screen real estate but the lack of a always visible URL respectively. See the image below to get a better idea of what Chrome could look like in the near future.
GPU accelerated video is now also a part of the new beta, reducing CPU usage for and improving battery life. The highest recorded drop in CPU usage was 80% when using full screen mode.
Saved passwords can now be synced across numerous computers as well. It was previously only extensions, themes, bookmarks, and preferences that could be synced. Passphrases can be utilized to encrypt passwords for additional security.
With regards to the revamped browser settings, they now open in a tab instead of a window.
A search function has been introduced to allow users easily find the feature they wish to change the settings for (with results updating as you type). Settings pages now have their own URLs as well, giving users the ability to navigate straight to a particular setting.
Google, always out to improve their search engine to allow for maximum efficiency, has released
the Personal Blocklist extension for Chrome which allows users to block certain sites from showing
up in their search results.
What this extension intends to do is give users of Chrome the ability to weed out content
farms (sites that boast data of questionable quality). As users do this, Google will collect
such information in order to provide better search results in the future by no longer allowing
such sites to show up.
Here is a quick and painless to turn on Google Instant in your Chrome web browser.
Click on the Preferences (wrench) icon.
Go to Options > Basics
In the “Search” section, check “Enable Instant for faster searching and browsing” checkbox and hit “Close”.
Google has just announced the availability of stable Google Chrome 9.0.597.84 build that includes a couple of great features:
WebGL: hardware accelerated 3D graphics in your web browser.
Google Instant (disabled by default): web pages that you frequently visit will start loading instantly after you begin typing in the url. If enabled, search results will also be displayed as you type.
The following release also introduces the Chrome Web Store to all United States users.
With a great year for web browsers that 2010 was, it’s time to dive in directly into 2011 and check the very first month market share stats.
Internet Explorer continues the downtrend with a 1.08 point drop, from 57.08% to 56.00%.
With the upcoming Firefox 4 release, Mozilla’s web browser is still struggling to gain any significant market share, this time it lost a 0.06 point, down from 22.81% to 22.75%.
As stated in the title, Google Chrome has now more than 10% of the market share, up from 9.98% to 10.70% (0.72 point increase).
Just as iPhone and iPad popularity grows, so does Safari’s market share, its market share has now increased by a 0.41 point, from 5.89% to 6.30%.
With the release of Opera 11 Final, Norwegian web browser gained 0.05 point of the market share and went up from 2.23% to 2.28%.
It was Google who started to release minor improvements as major version upgrades. The browser has just reached version 11, less than two and a half years after its first beta version hit the Internet. That’s about four major version changes every year.
Google Chrome managed to close in on Opera which is currently available as Opera 11, and surpass Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (version 9 is currently in development) and Mozilla Firefox (which is developing version 4). All version wise of course.
The latest Google Chrome Canary build has just hit version 11. Canary builds are the bleeding edge version of the Chrome browser, followed by Google Chrome Dev, Google Chrome Beta and Google Chrome Stable builds.
It usually does not take long until the dev version switches to the version of the Canary build, followed later by the beta and stable releases.
Anything new in Google Chrome 11? The only thing that caught my attention was a select your search engine screen on first run which I personally had not seen before. This may have been in there for a longer time though, since I installed Chrome year’s ago.
I’m not sure if Google posts release notes. The Google Chrome releases blog for instance only posts releases notes of beta, stable and dev channel updates, and that only sporadically and often without essential information included.
Google recently announced that they would speed up the development cycle from releasing a major version quarterly to releasing a new version of the browser every six weeks. Expect Google Chrome 12 to hit the web in six weeks (thanks Hal9000 for the tip)
Google has recently published an interesting release cycle slideshow for Google Chrome web browser that reveals some interesting points.
Here are some points that can be drawn from the presentation:
Google Chrome is treated as an online service rather than actual software, explaining the reason for such release cycles.
Instead of wasting time on feature branches (that can take weeks of debugging), Google Chrome team works on a centralized trunk, allowing to release more frequent updates.
All right, it’s time to check the browsers market share stats for the last month of 2011 that is December.
Internet Explorer continues to fall and is now approaching 50% level, dropping from 58.44% to 57.08% (1.36 point decrease).
Firefox the first time in 3 months, Firefox has increased its market share by 0.05 point, from 22.76% to 22.81%.
Google Chrome is dangerously close to 10% level, up from 9.26% to 9.98% (0.72 point increase).
Safari got a nice chunk of market share this time, moving up from 5.55% to 5.89% (0.36 point increase).
Just like Firefox, Opera has also seen some gains for the first time in 3 months, up from 2.20% to 2.23% (0.03 point increase).
About a week ago, Google has started a unique charity project that converts opened Google Chrome user tabs into various goods:
10 tabs = 1 tree planted
10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
200 tabs = 1 person’s clean water for a year
Today, it was revealed that 60,599,541 tabs were raised for charity ($1 million) and will be used to:
Plant trees ($245,278)
Provide clean water ($232.791)
Build shelters ($112.078)
Administer vaccinations ($267.336)
Publish books by local writers and illustrators ($142.518).
First person shooters are next.
As of today, it will install games without your permission. However, manual removal is possible.
IT administrators tend to be a fickle bunch, and with good reason. When you're supporting a vital service that can determine whether or not your entire business can operate properly, you tend to be very cautious when it comes to changing out a key component. A key component like a Web browser, for example -- say, Internet Explorer 6, which is still a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise.
Google has been doing its best to get Chrome in the front door, of course. First there was Chrome Frame, which seamlessly integrates into Internet Explorer to provide a hybridized, modern Frankenbrowser. Next came Chrome's remoting feature -- which is still not ready for prime time but is positioning itself as an alternative to Terminal Services setups.
Two more recent additions -- the arrival of an MSI installer and added support for Windows policies -- have added even more enterprise cred to the browser. Chrome now offers an enticing package to the IT admin. It's secure, it's fast, and -- most importantly -- it's now easy to manage and deploy across an entire Windows network.
Over at the official Chrome Blog, Google took a moment to trumpet these features and they're no doubt hoping administrators take notice. "We're excited by the features built so far, and we're working hard on polishing the next set of policies that will make Google Chrome even more customizable and useful to users in the future," concludes the post. Successful test deployments with Proctor and Gamble, Boise State University, and Vanguard are also mentioned.
2010 has certainly been a phenomenal year for Chrome in the consumer market. Will Google see similar enterprise gains in 2011? We'll revisit this one next December.