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Google Chrome Takes 1% Of Browser Market In 48 Hours

Gordon Kelly


Google Chrome Takes 1% of Browser Market In 48 Hours

Boy, Google has a high standing on the Internet...

Less than 48 hours since the search giant launched 'Chrome', its first web browser, StatCounter Blog claims the software has taken no less than one per cent of the global browser market. That may not sound like much but to put it into perspective: that is more than Opera has attained in its lifespan to date. By comparison Safari has approximately 6.5 per cent, Firefox 22 per cent and Internet Explorer 70 per cent.

“This is a phenomenal performance,” commented StatCounter's Aodhan Cullen, “this is war on Microsoft but the big loser could be Firefox.” This makes sense given the more cutting edge nature of Firefox users with many IE users less technical and often unaware of the choices available to them beyond what came installed on their systems.

Of course initial interest doesn't mean long term adoption but Chrome has seemingly made a positive early impression despite its current lack of third party add-ons (this should change with it being open source) and, in many ways, radical alterations to the stereotypical browser experience.

On a less positive note however eagle eyed surfers have caught wind of a particularly scary clause in Chrome's user licence, #11 states "By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Service".

To be fair Google has responded quickly to this saying it was an over generalisation and they "are working quickly to remove language from Section 11 of the current Google Chrome terms of service. This change will apply retroactively to all users who have downloaded Google Chrome.”

Hopefully that clears that up. Now on with Beta version 2.0!


The controversial section 11 is now fixed as such:

11. Content licence from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services.


StatCounter Blog

Google Chrome

Google response via BGR

Matt G Baish

September 4, 2008, 3:08 pm

How has is managed that when the download link just links back to the Google chrome home page?! Methinks something is amiss (hey maybe something wrong with the Network here).

I am unable to download with either Firefox 3.01 or IE6 (yes, yes, I know but MS don't support IE7 on Windows 2000; yes, yes boring technical worky type story about that which I will not bore you with here :))

Anyone else having problems?


September 4, 2008, 3:12 pm

I think this calculation was based on the number of downloads. If this is the case, it would not be accurate because not everybody who downloaded the browser will actually use it as his/her default browser (including myself).

Also, let's not forget that the download link is posted on google's homepage. This is enough to make anything popular!


September 4, 2008, 3:13 pm

@Matt - not a jot for me.


September 4, 2008, 3:17 pm

Google fixed the EULA. Shame on them for letting it go out like that!

mr dog

September 4, 2008, 3:21 pm

don't forget that Google is supposed to be aggressively testing this browser on millions of websites, if the data is coming from the browser ids given to websites when someone visits, a lot of that 1% could be coming straight out of cupertino.

Matt G Baish

September 4, 2008, 3:21 pm

Hmmm - maybe Chrome isn`t Windows2000 friendly then?!

Oh well - I'll just have to try at home the neet (with my decent Sony laptop running a decent(ish) OS - XP)

Matt G Baish

September 4, 2008, 4:05 pm

Ah - now looking at the screenshot more closely in the TR news article I see where the download button is supposed to be! :) for me it just says 'For Windows Vista/XP'.

I was previously clicking on the 'Learn more' & then the 'Download' links which meant I kept going in circles - doh! They could do with a bold 'Currently only available for Windows Vista/XP' message underneath a greyed out download button - poos design, tch! ;^)

So Firefox (currently) still has platform advantage at least :)


September 4, 2008, 4:11 pm

@ mr dog - Cupertino? That's Apple's HQ ;)Google is in Mountain View.

mr dog

September 4, 2008, 4:18 pm

ah, i stand corrected, but straight out of mountain view doesn't quite scan as welll when you try and read it in an NWA style.

i guess i've just got my head filled with apples with the all this 11/9 anticipation...

Hans Gruber

September 4, 2008, 4:27 pm

Anyone notice the 'incognito' mode? Have Google beaten IE in providing novice users with a perv surf mode? There's even an icon that looks like a dirty old man in mac, trilby and sunglasses! ;)

Hamish Campbell

September 4, 2008, 5:38 pm

I notice the drop down list of pages for each review in TR doesn't get formatted correctly. Goes out the side.


September 4, 2008, 6:40 pm

Fixes itself if you click on it =)


September 4, 2008, 7:34 pm

This is a lie.

Many people, including myself, downloading Google Chrome to see what is is (like in details), and see how it runs and everything...

However, I still prefer MUCH MUCH more Firefox then this. So I won't be using it anymore.

This percentage will drop.


September 4, 2008, 7:39 pm

@Bytes - you stick it to 'em ;)

Gavin Hamer

September 4, 2008, 8:22 pm

I do like the browser to be honest, it obviously runs JavaScript significantly faster and the new tab page is pretty sweet, as are the things you can do in the address bar. Very few problems with existing sites. Although it doesn't scroll properly with the edge of mouse pads, which is extremely annoying.

Any investment Google makes in the development and distribution of this browser will be paid back 10 times over, because a large proportion of Firefox users will be using Ad-Block Plus. Reducing the number of blocked ads is obviously going to increase Google's revenue.

I'd never seen those intensely annoying flashing ads down the sides of the TR site before! I think I'll keep that shortcut to Firefox handy...

Matthew Martin

September 4, 2008, 10:16 pm

I'm hating the adds too but really like the ability to hight light a word and then right click and search google option :D


September 4, 2008, 11:41 pm

Give it a few months.... adblock, proper zoom (took firefox until v3) and tab customisation are essential for me. Until then same as the last few years - FF.


September 5, 2008, 12:55 am

@ Gavin - How would less ads blocked increase googles revenue? Chrome is distributed for free and open source. Google have no incentive to block as fewer ads as possible, and with Chrome being open source I have no doubt when the dev kits come about that variations of noscript and ad block will quickly make their way in.

Remember Mozilla makes a lot of money from advertising, including the yahoo toolbar in the installer nets them many millions of dollars per annum. And even though ad block does block Yahoo adverts this doesn't negatively impact on Mozilla, in the exact same way that it wouldn't have any affect on Google.

m memmory

September 5, 2008, 2:01 am

@Matthew Martin

Have you ever tried Firefox? Highlighting a word and right clicking and selecting "Search Google for ..." was one of the lovely little things that I found the first time I used it and then realised I couldn't really live without.

As for Chrome ... seems nice - not sure if it'll replace Firefox for me (at least not until I can use it in both windows AND linux)

Gavin Hamer

September 5, 2008, 4:26 am

It will certainly be interesting to see whether an Ad-Block variant appears for Chrome. I'm not sure what share of the online advertising business Google owns, and I can't be bothered to find out, but I think it's fair to say "a lot". For example, they own DoubleClick. They also provide all kinds of adverts (not just text ads like below) through their AdSense programme. I'm no expert, but I'd guess that they could be the leading online advertising agency, so they have plenty to lose from online ads being blocked. If ad blocking became very common, say if it shipped included by default in a browser like IE8 or the next Firefox, then I'd say they'd be very upset! Although Google pays the wages at Mozilla, so Firefox won't be trying that. The bottom line is that Google needs to control the browser market in order to have full control over their business, which is entirely (?) accessed through browsers.


Gavin Hamer

September 5, 2008, 4:36 am

Chrome's market share:


Interesting odds / Quick way to lighten your wallet:


I reckon about 6% by the end of Dec. Interesting to see how hard they push it.

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