Google has released version 3 of Chrome web browser, one year after its high-profile entry to the browser race. Mac version of Chrome will be available within months before the end of the year. Version 3.0 of Chrome for PCs brings improvements to the browser’s interface, including faster performance and “themes” that allow users to customize how the browser looks.
Google aims to achieve 10% market share 2 years from now. Google Chrome is now number 4 after Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. Market research firm Net Applications puts Internet Explorer at roughly 67 percent of the worldwide browser market in August, Mozilla Firefox at 23 percent and Apple Safari browser had 4 percent.
“If at the two-year birthday we’re not at least 5 percent (market share), I will be exceptionally disappointed. And if at the three year birthday we’re not at 10 percent, I will be exceptionally disappointed,” Chrome Engineering Director Linus Upson said.
Chrome’s focus on performance has won it fans among the technologically savvy, but analysts say much needs to do to broaden Chrome’s appeal.
Google does not numbered Chrome version. This should be like a beta 2 version. Only Google can release an incomplete software (as compared with other browsers) and still attract users.
But wait, there is no Google Chrome for Mac yet. It is available only on Windows, even after almost nine months since its launch last September. We encourage you not to waste your time further to find out more before its release on the Mac. Google Chrome has its strong features and we can see it being competitive when it is ready. But not right now. It is unfortunate that Google is promoting the software in its infancy, position what we see as a developer/tester software to the mainstream as replacement for your day-to-day Safari and Firefox.
Google made a big Labour Day announcement that it would launch a beta version of its Google Chrome web browser in more than 100 countries today. As of this writing, it is not yet available for download, but Google has published a 38 pages Google Chrome Comic Book to illustrate its features.
Launching a new web browser in a crowded market with MS Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera would be disaster for other company, but not so for Google. “Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.”, Google said in its blog post for the announcement.