Mobile handset owners are quickly switching to Google’s flagship mobile browser. At this year’s Chrome Dev Summit, Google executive Darin Fisher revealed that Chrome is now being used by over 400 million users. That’s 100 million new users since the I/O event which took place less than six months ago. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
In the talk, Fisher highlighted the new features that have been added to Chrome in recent months, including Material Design and other changes that were introduced to the browser with Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Fisher also talked about the security features the company has added to the browser to safeguard its users’ data from wrong hands. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
Among the new changes, the browser now allows full-screen rendering of web-pages, and shows different tabs alongside regular apps in the recent apps view in Android 5.0 Lollipop. The browser has become more responsive, too. It recently removed the 300ms artificial delay that would wait to see if the user intended to make double tap. Also Read - Netflix could launch its video game streaming service next year, at no extra cost
Among the reasons why the Chrome browser has become so popular across mobile users is the fact that most handsets shipping these days run on Android Jelly Bean and KitKat, both of which support Chrome browser. Notably, the older devices running on Gingerbread aren’t capable of running Chrome.
Looking at other browsers, Opera recently announced 100 million active users on Android. Mozilla, the third most popular browser on the desktop is yet to make any significant dent in the mobile space.