Unlike the release schedule of the Android operating system, new versions of the Chrome browser come out so often that they’re distinguished only by the version number. The most recent release is number 57, and it packs a little more wallop than the average upgrade.
The web browser battle has been raging for decades. The feud between Internet Explorer and Netscape has long since passed, and now we’re dealing with a much larger field of competition. Today, there are at least four browsers vying for domination, and we’ve broken down each one by its pros and cons.
Filling out web forms often seems like an unbearably monotonous obstacle that gets in the way of online shopping, booking a plane ticket, and doing other types of online registration. With many of today’s transactions done online, people have become accustomed to relying on their browsers’ autofill function to save time.
Most people are familiar with the problems associated with loading a Flash-based page, from slower loading times to page crashes that require restarting the browser altogether. Now, Google has announced that its browser will disable Flash and initiate an HTML5 default that will eventually trickle down to every Chrome user.
Google’s Chromecast device has been around for a few years now. The simple and inexpensive flash-drive-sized screen broadcaster has earned itself a faithful following, but it’s not stopping there. With the newest update, you might even be able to ‘cast’ your desktop or mobile screen to a nearby device before the end of this article.
According to Statcounter’s April web browser usage report, Google Chrome accounts for over 60 percent of the market share. However, out of all those people how many are employing any of the truly helpful extensions offered in Chrome’s web store? The answer is almost certainly less people than the number of those who have problems that could be easily fixed by one of these extensions.