I opened Google Chrome tonight and immediately noticed a difference. The frequent site icons were much smaller and a Google search bar sat positioned directly over them. Google had provided the Chrome browser with a bit of a facelift.
I’ve used Chrome almost consistently since it debuted back in 2008. My switch from Windows to Mac still didn’t have that great of an impact on my usage. Chrome’s integration with Google products was always a tether bringing me back over-and-over again. But, let’s slow down. I’d like to assume for a moment that you might not know about Google Chrome. (Unless you’re a time traveler from the past or someone not familiar with computers….how can you not know about Google Chrome??)
Wikepedia.org tells us:
Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google. It used the WebKit layout engine until version 27 and, with the exception of its iOS releases, from version 28 and beyond uses the WebKit fork Blink. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008. Net Applications has indicated that Chrome is the third-most popular web browser when it comes to the size of its user base, behind Internet Explorer and Firefox. StatCounter, however, estimates that Google Chrome has a 39% worldwide usage share of web browsers making it the most widely used web browser in the world.
I thought my browser settings needed to be adjusted because the icons were smaller; however, this wasn’t the case. A pop-up indicated that “Chrome has updated” highlighting three different items included in the change.
Those items were:
- Recently Closed Tabs
The next image to catch my attention detailed the Google+ integration not present before. This update has placed Google+ and other Google products front-and-center of the browser. What does this mean? If you are a fan of Google and use Gmail or other products, it makes it easier to find and access what you need. I’ve included the slide show below to showcase the change.
What is your favorite browser? Do you use Google Chrome or do you prefer another? Or, do you still use Internet Explorer? (Sorry, not one of my favorites.) I look forward to your comments and seeing if the statistics of Google Chrome as a highly adopted browser are true.