In the same week as the debut of Mozilla's new Web-based app store the Mozilla Marketplace, Google is pushing for developers to deliver content to the Chrome Web Store that can be accessed even when users don't have an Internet connection. There is already a new highlighted section of the store for such apps.
One of the things that came out of WWDC yesterday was that the Mountain Lion operating system for Macs was coming soon. With the new operating system coming, that means software companies need to be sure that their offerings for Mac users will work the new operating system. One of the software companies announcing updates to its software is Google.
This year at All Things Digital's D10 conference, Google's Senior Vice President of Chome and Applications Sundar Pichai was interviewed by Walk Mossberg, speaking about both Chrome and Android in one. The main object of their discussion, which also included Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising Susan Wojcicki, was indeed Chrome OS but also Chrome as a web browser, and how it's overtaken the former king Internet Explorer in world browser share. Perhaps the most interesting bit of the conversation, on the other hand, sat squarely in the world of Android, and how Pichai saw mobile and not-so-mobile Google operating systems converging.
Pricing and other specs have leaked on Samsung's Chromebox, which the company has remained quiet on since its debut back at CES. The mini desktop computer running Google's Chrome OS is set to come out sometime this year and now thanks to TigerDirect's product listing, we know that the Chromebox will be priced at $330.
The browser world is similar to other segments of the technology market where the lead often gets traded among different brands. The latest numbers tracking the global browser market are in from Statcounter and changes occurred in the market. As you can tell from the crossing of the blue and green lines, Internet Explorer was passed by Chrome for the lead recently.
Google has unleashed the Stable release version of Chrome 19, adding tab syncing capabilities that will allow you to access the same tabs on your smartphone from where you left off on your computer or vise versa. If you found something interesting while browsing the web at work you won't have to lose your place when you get home or go on the road.
Microsoft seems to have ruffled a few feathers with its plans for browsers on Windows RT. Mozilla blasted the company over being unable to produce a fully working browser, restricted instead to the Metro interface and guidelines, while Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer would be able to run on Metro and the classic desktop interface. Google also voiced concerns, and now the US Senate Judiciary Committee will review the arguments to see if there’s any merit.
Microsoft is under fire from Google and Mozilla, accused of anti-competitive practices with the special version of Windows 8 for ARM-based notebooks and tablets. Windows RT, the OS Microsoft hopes will help its OEM partners better challenge Apple's iPad, pushes the Metro interface rather than the relatively locked-down Windows Classic desktop, with browsers like Firefox and Chrome only allowed to run in the former. That, Mozilla argues - with Google soon wading in afterward - is unfair, especially as Microsoft will have a Classic version of Internet Explorer.
Developing a browser can be a tricky business, especially in the case of Chrome, which has an ever shifting codebase. Google’s answer to the problem is a “fuzzing” infrastructure, a cluster of hundreds of virtual machines that run around 6,000 instances of Chrome simultaneously. Dubbed the “ClusterFuzz”, the servers automatically download the Last Known Good Revision of Chrome and perform fifty million tests on it per day.
The group known as Pegatron Corp. have become the next in a line of companies creating hardware based around Android and Chrome OS to have signed a patent agreement with Microsoft. It's been some weeks since we heard the last case of this happening, but what each of these cases have amounted to is the same as what's going on here: Microsoft owns a gigantic batch of patents, many of which cover devices whose functionality lends itself to Android. In this case, both Android and Chrome devices made by Pegatron might otherwise have fallen under Microsoft's lawsuit umbrella unless Pegatron made an agreement with Microsoft like they're doing here to give them cash per unit sold.