Google I/O Conference: Chrome is The World’s Most Popular Browser [Video]

Google Inc’s Chrome, the world’s top Internet browser with more than 310 million active users, is now available on the iPhone and iPad, as Apple Inc finally granted access to its arch-foe’s more popular Web-surfing app.

Google Inc. has been shouting the praises of its newly patched Chrome on the second day of its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, and is claiming that Chrome is undoubtedly the world’s most popular browser.

“According to all the metrics and everything we see out there, Chrome most is the most popular browser,” said Sundar Pichai, VP of Chrome applications, during his opening keynote presentation.

Brian Rakowski, vice president of Google’s Chrome division Chrome, announced that Chrome is the world’s most popular browser now, and had nearly doubled its active user base to 310 million users over the past year.

The video above, which the company just posted on YouTube, shows press clippings, user milestones and the ways in which developers have helped grow Chrome into what it is today. It highlights additions such as the Chrome Web Store, WebGL compatibility and Google+ integration.

The digital analytics company StatCounter backs up Google’s claim to the throne, however. Over the past six weeks, Chrome just edged out Internet Explorer in web traffic served, reports Mashable.

According to StatCounter, Chrome accounted for 32.68% of the world’s total web traffic over that time, compared to 32.05% for Microsoft’s IE. So far this week, StatCounter says, the respective numbers are 32.92% for Chrome and 32.1% for Internet Explorer.

StatCounter’s numbers are taken from the pageview data of 3 million websites, and considered by many to be an accurate judge of browser popularity. But Net Applications, another web analytics company that looks at unique visitors to determine browser popularity, paints a different picture.

Its most recent data shows Internet Explorer with a commanding 54% of desktop browser market share. Chrome and Firefox each clock in at about 20%. Safari claims the vast majority of mobile and tablet browser share, according to Net Applications.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft Corp. considers Net Applications to the be the standard for determining browser popularity, and outlines why in this blog post.

Among the highlights on the second day of company’s I/O developer conference was the news that Google’s Chrome browser, is now available on Apple iPhones and iPads.

Apple Inc., which closely manages its App Store offerings, is making the concessions to its heated competitor even though it is seeking to lessen its dependency on Google’s Web services within its products, reports Reuters.

Earlier this month, the phone and tablet manufacturer said it would load its own home-built mapping service, instead of Google Maps, in the next version of its mobile operating system.

The company says that its cloud infrastructure is now so powerful and scalable that developers can run their apps entirely in the cloud to as many users as they want “for a reasonable price.”

This was demonstrated by showing the audience an entirely cloud-based gamed called Bulletstorm on a giant screen. The game ran very smoothly in the demo, and the graphics looked great; it looked a lot like a game running on a gaming console.

Google Inc. has also rolled out an early prototype of what it called Google Compute Engine, an infrastructure-as-a-service product. This product is aimed at Amazon cloud based service EC2. It allows anyone to host their business or research on Google’s massive server infrastructure using virtual machines, removing the need to operate their own.

Earlier this week, Google unveiled its own tablet, the Nexus 7, which will ship with Chrome as its default browser. Google is hoping the tablet, priced at $199, will directly challenge Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet and undercut Apple’s popular iPad.

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