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310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

310m active users makes Chrome the top browser worldwide

The second keynote of Google I/O 2012 has kicked off, with the news that the Chrome browser is now up to 310 million active users, compared to 160m back at IO 2011. The browser has had a significant surge in adoption - Google counted 70m active users back in 2010 - and the search giant claims that by all the metrics it can find, Chrome is the most popular web browser globally.

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Google Nexus 7 runs Chrome as default browser, shuns Flash

Google Nexus 7 runs Chrome as default browser, shuns Flash

Here’s an interesting little tidbit from the Nexus 7 reveal: the tablet will be the first device that will ship with the Google’s Chrome as the standard browser. It will replace the default Android browser, so it looks like Google is finally going to throw some weight behind the mobile browser on future devices. It does raise an interesting question though: does that mean Google is going to ignore Flash content completely?

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Firefox for Android leaves beta with improved performance

Firefox for Android leaves beta with improved performance

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Firefox Beta for Android at all, you’ll know the browser has seen a flurry of updates over the past few weeks bringing performance improvements as well as additional features. Mozilla now say that that the stable version has now been updated to add all those improvements, which includes Flash and HTML5 support, a tab redesign, and revamped welcome page.

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Google Build lets you play with Lego in Chrome

Google Build lets you play with Lego in Chrome

Ready to waste the morning away? Google has partnered with Lego Australia to allow users to build objects using the popular plastic blocks right from within their browser. You can choose from a multitude of different building blocks, and build anything that you can think up. Not only that, but your creation isn’t randomly floating around the internet, instead assigned a virtual plot of land in Australia using Google Maps.

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Firefox quietly reveals refreshed design

Firefox quietly reveals refreshed design

Mozilla continues to work on nightly Firefox releases. The most recent version, bringing the browser up to version 16.0a1, brings a new design to the table as well. Caschys Blog has been handed a portable Windows version of the latest nightly which shows off the redesign in more detail. Gone are the boxy edges from the old versions, replaced with smooth rounded corners reminiscent of Google Chrome’s current UI.

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Mozilla Junior wants to revolutionize iPad browsing

Mozilla Junior wants to revolutionize iPad browsing

Mozilla has revealed a new iPad browser project, Junior, which the company promises will rebuild the concept of tablet internet surfing. Described as "an iPad browser that makes browsing more fun, more ergonomic and re-thinks browser user experience from the ground up", Junior is part of Mozilla's Product Design Strategy work, aiming to cut off rivals at the pass by outthinking them in advance.

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Opera: No comment on Retina but “will utilize every option” to be best browser

Opera: No comment on Retina but “will utilize every option” to be best browser

Opera has declined to confirm it is making a version of its browser suited to Apple's Retina Display on the new MacBook Pro, but told SlashGear that it "will utilize every option" to be the best on the market. With Opera 12 launching today, we asked Norwegian firm Opera Software if, like Google's Chrome team, it was working on an updated version of the app to suit the super-high-resolution Retina screen. Opera unsurprisingly played it coy, but dropped a few hints along the way.

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Chrome gets MBP Retina Display support in beta release

Chrome gets MBP Retina Display support in beta release

Apple may only have outed its Retina Display MacBook Pro on Monday, but Google's Chrome engineers already have a version of the browser ready to handle the 2880 x 1800 high-resolution screen. "We’re committed to polishing Chrome until it shines on [the new Pro]" the Chrome team wrote this week, releasing an early version of the browser with basic Retina support, and promising more soon.

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Justin Bieber Maxthon smartphone browser is a sign of the apocalypse

Justin Bieber Maxthon smartphone browser is a sign of the apocalypse

I don't need a Mayan calendar to know that the world is ending when Maxthon cheerily rolls out a Justin Bieber branded, customized smartphone browser skin. The browser is available for Android and Windows phones. I think this might be the set up for the best gag you can pull on a friend in history. If I could lay my hands on Davies' mobile, I would download this for him.

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Mozilla Marketplace goes live

Mozilla Marketplace goes live

Mozilla has just joined in the game of digital download storefronts. The Mozilla Marketplace - which happens to look a lot like the Google Play Store on Google TV - gives users a one-stop shop for all sorts of Web-based apps, games, and everything you could want to do in the comfort of your Firefox browser. It just launched, so it remains a work in progress.

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