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30 Dec 12 Best accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S3


Now you have a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S3, you’re probably going to want to accessorise a little bit.

Why not check out our best accessories for the Galaxy S3 and make the most of the Android beast’s capabilities?

Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case, £25

With such a stunning screen, you don’t want the display all scratched up. The official Samsung Galaxy S3 flip case comes in a range of colours and attaches to your phone by replacing the battery cover.

It may be a little more expensive than cheap imitations, but it does the job perfectly, keeping the profile of the Galaxy S3 nice and slim, just as it should be.

HDMI adaptor, £30

Want to watch your video content on the big screen? Samsung’s HDMI adaptor allows you to watch all the content from your phone on your TV, whether you want to view YouTube content, a video you made with the camera, photos, documents, games or anything else.

You will need to buy an HDMI cable too, but you can pick one up for a little over £1 on Amazon.

Globalgig international Wi-Fi hotspot, £79 upfront plus £15 per month

The Globalgig Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to data roam in the US, UK and Australia for just £15 a month. The device will cost £79 upfront, but can save you hundreds, or even thousands of pounds if you’re a frequent traveller.

Although the device will only work in the US and Australia at the moment, it should be heading to Europe and other territories by the end of 2013. Just like a regular mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, it has its own data connection and connects to your phone as a Wi-Fi network.

Powerbank case, £29.95

Keep your Samsung Galaxy S3 juiced up at all times with this cover for it. Although it makes the S3 looks a little chunkier, it will give you an extra 2200mAh of battery power while on the move.

The case charges via your standard microUSB charger and when the battery on your phone gets low, just turn the case on and it’ll start transferring power from the case to your phone.

A bonus addition is a hidden kickstand, putting your Galaxy S3 at the perfect angle for watching TV or a film on your journey to and from work.

Etymotic HF2 earphones, £120

We’ve been big fans of Etymotic earphones for a while and the HF2s double up as a handsfree kit too.

The in-ear ‘phones come with a range of different sized flanges to fit in any ear canal size, but if you really want to splash the cash, go for the custom fit solution, which costs an extra £100, but is well worth it for the most amazing sound experience you’ve ever felt. Etymotic EF2s come in a range of colours too. We prefer the red.

 

Article source: http://www.knowyourmobile.com/features/1744798/best_accessories_for_the_samsung_galaxy_s3.html

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27 Dec 12 Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow


Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

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Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Mobile app analytics firm Distimo annually publishes a review of the past year’s growth and trends in the app space. For 2012, Distimo compared Apple’s App Store vs. Google Play on Android handsets. While both marketplaces are considered winners in their own right, the App Store is still where the real money comes from.

Google Play has technically been growing faster than the App Store in recent months, but the daily revenues generated in the App Store are still far greater than anything Google has been able to muster.

It’s amazing to think about how Apple has created such a profitable, app-based economy when you consider the numbers: an average day in November 2012 for the App Store was $150 million in revenues. Imagine how much has been made this month during the holidays. In the last four months, Google Play has seen aggressive growth of 43% in daily revenues, but the Android app marketplace still only generates about $3.5 million per day. (Figures were given by Distimo after examining activity in 20 of the largest countries for both stores.)

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Will Google Play ever be as big as the App Store? The trend suggests it’s very possible.

What’s even crazier about the app economy is that only a small handful of companies are responsible for the vast majority of revenues. In November, seven iOS apps were responsible for 10% of the money being spent in the App Store. On Google Play, only four apps accounted for 10% of revenues.

In the App Store, “the proportion of revenue that derived from in-apps increased from 53% to 69% in 2012,” according to Distimo. This shouldn’t come as a surprise after so many popular games have adopted the ‘freemium’ model to bait users with a free download.

The United States still leads in terms of revenues for the App Store. Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia are also top contenders. For Google Play, Japan actually accounts for more revenues than the United States. Surprisingly, Japan is also the second largest market for iPhone app revenues, according to Distimo.

Another interesting tidbit from Distimo’s report is that Russians absolutely adore their iPads. “The country with the highest tablet proclivity is Russia, where 46% of all iOS downloads are on the iPad,” said Distimo. Japan has the least iPad activity—only 7% of App Store downloads are iPad apps.

The top three grossing publishers in 2012 for both the App Store and Google Play were Electronic Arts, Zynga and Gameloft. Despite the fact that Apple only sells its own apps in the App Store (iMove, Garageband, Pages, etc.), the Cupertino company was still the fourth highest grossing, cross-store publisher. That’s crazy when you consider that Apple only sells seven iOS apps. For the App Store, Google was the third largest publisher in terms of sheer downloads. That’s not hard to believe when the new Google Maps app was downloaded over 10 million times in only a few days.

Instagram was the most downloaded iOS app in 2012, while Google’s Street View took first place in Google Play. Games still generate the vast majority of revenues in both stores.

Looking ahead, the biggest problem the App Store faces in 2013 is probably discovery. While there’s a lot of good curation going on by Apple’s people on the front end of the store (editor’s picks, highlights, etc.), iOS 6 makes it harder to find the best apps in the App Store’s search. Sometimes it takes 10+ card swipes for me to find a popular app. Apple recently bought Chomp, a Genius-like app discovery tool that will hopefully continue to improve the App Store’s search algorithms.

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

Google Play Grew Rapidly In 2012, But App Store Is Still Cash Cow [Report]

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24 Dec 12 Apple’s App Store Outperforms Google Play in Revenue


Google’s app store outperformed the sales growth of Apple’s App Store over the past several months, but the latter still generates the most revenue, as well as profit.

During the last four months, the Google Play store for Android enjoyed a daily sales jump of 43 percent across 20 countries, according to figures measured by analytics provider Distimo.

Comparatively, sales growth for Apple’s App Store increased by 21 percent on a daily basis. However, during January, the App Store’s daily sales growth stood at 51 percent.

That said, daily revenue values in the App Store were already considerably higher than the revenue generated by Google Play. Distimo said that on an average day in November, the sales in the App Store surpassed $15 million. Google Play, meanwhile, settled for just under $3.5 million.

The United States was the largest market for overall app sales in 2012, which was followed by Japan, the UK and Australia. Google Play in particular saw the U.S. and Japan being the two largest regions for sales, followed by Korea.

Distimo added that a large number of apps available at both the App Store and Google Play made it increasingly difficult for users to discover new apps, subsequently hurting developers aiming to become successful commercially.

In November, seven apps accounted for 10 percent of all sales for the App Store for the iPhone, which was 11 apps back in January. 31 apps generated 10 percent of all free apps downloaded.

Ultimately, Android’s revenue for apps has risen by 311 percent since January and 17.9 percent in November. However, iOS apps are four times more profitable than its rival.

 

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Article source: http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Apple-App-Store-Google-Play,news-16491.html

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03 Jun 12 Chrome overtakes Explorer as most preferred user browser





Dubai: Google’s Chrome has dethroned Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to become the world’s top browser for the first time in May.

According to independent website analytics company StatCounter, Chrome took 32.43 per cent of the worldwide market compared to 32.12 per cent for IE and 25.55 per cent for Firefox.

Although Chrome had edged out IE earlier for shorter periods, the former has been trending up for some time.

Internet Explorer is still the top browser in many regions, including North America, US, China, Australia, Iran and Gulf countries but Chrome is extremely popular in India, Russia, Brazil and South America.

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In the UAE, IE occupies 40.58 per cent market share while Chrome has 34.32 per cent.

The desktop browser space is becoming increasingly competitive as Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox continue to eat away market share from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Yahoo has also entered the fray with its own browser, Axis.

“IE is still king in most other regions as it’s the default web browser for Windows machines, which still constitute about 90 per cent of the world’s computers,” Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the US-based Enderle Group, said.

The browser trends are expected to continue at least until the general release of Internet Explorer 10 later this year. IE10 is tied to the launch of Windows 8, and it may introduce a wild card into the browser game.

“While attention has recently been focused on the battle between Chrome and IE, Mozilla’s Firefox with its loyal membership base should not be underestimated,” Aodhan Cullen, CEO of  StatCounter, said.

He said Chrome has gone from zero to market leader globally in less than four years but Microsoft’s new version (IE9) is performing well.

Enderle said both Google and Microsoft have been marketing their browsers very heavily and this has been a two browser market going back to Netscape.

“It is going to be a daunting task for Firefox to get back in the game. Firefox was the up-and-comer but the user base is moving to Google Chrome. So, Firefox has been swimming upstream.”

Article source: http://gulfnews.com/business/technology/chrome-overtakes-explorer-as-most-preferred-user-browser-1.1030994

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02 Jun 12 Chrome steals second place from Firefox in browser wars


Editor’s Note: This story is excerpted from Computerworld. For more Mac coverage, visit Computerworld’s Macintosh Knowledge Center.


  • Apple’s Safari grows faster than Chrome in July
  • Chrome, Safari reach record browser share highs


  • Internet Explorer on pace to drop below 50-percent share by 2011

  • Chrome again beats Firefox in browser gain race

  • Firefox 4 tops 100 million downloads, fails to move share

  • Opera is Facebook’s best browser play

Google’s Chrome passed Mozilla’s Firefox in May to become the world’s second-most-popular browser, according to data released by Web analytics company Net Applications.

The California-based firm was the second major metric company to track Chrome’s run to second. In November 2011, Irish measurement vendor StatCounter said Chrome had passed Firefox in its estimates.

Net Applications’ spot swapping came as a surprise: Earlier projections by Computerworld had pointed to a delay in Chrome’s capture of second place, perhaps to as late as August.

But in May, Chrome gained 1.3 percentage points, more than double its average increase over the last 12 months, to climb to 20.2%, while Firefox lost six-tenths of a point to fall to 19.6%.

Last month was the first time that Chrome cracked the 20% mark—the browser debuted in September 2008—and the first time that Firefox fell under that number in Net Applications’ data since October of the same year.

Firefox, backed by open-source developer Mozilla, peaked at just over 25% in April 2010, and has been on a slow-but-steady decline in usage share since then.

For Microsoft, May was a return to a more traditional pattern: Internet Explorer (IE) lost half a percentage point to end the month at 53.6%. May’s decline put an end to the two-month-in-a-row growth IE had experienced, and returned the browser to near the share it owned last March.

Even so, IE has gained share in three of the first five months of 2012.

Within the IE family, IE9 continued its ascent, adding one percentage point to account for 16.9% of all browsers on all operating systems. IE8 also was up, boosting its share by nearly half a point to 26.7%.

The other editions—2006’s IE7 and the 11-year-old IE6—lost share in May. IE6, the version Microsoft wants to disappear, lost a point last month, falling to 6.1%, a record low in Net Applications’ tracking. IE7 shed seven-tenths of a percentage point to drop to 3.4%, also a record.

While the shift toward IE9 can be attributed to the increasing uptake of Windows 7, IE8’s recent rebound is harder to explain. IE8 has grown its share in four of the first five months of the year compared to only two such months during all of 2011.

The shift toward IE8 and the above-average declines of both IE6 and IE7 so far this year may be due to Microsoft’s new practice of automatically upgrading older versions. Late last year, the company said it would begin to silently force Windows to upgrade IE to the newest-possible edition, ending a tradition of asking users’ permission for such moves.

In January, Microsoft started upgrading some PCs running Windows XP from IE6 or IE7 to IE8, and swapping IE9 for IE7 or IE8 on Vista and Windows 7.

The process started in Australia and Brazil, and is to gradually roll out worldwide this year. Microsoft has declined to provide the names of countries where it has switched on the silent IE upgrades.

Apple’s Safari lost two-tenths of a point last month to end at 4.6%, while Opera Software’s Opera was flat at 1.6%.

StatCounter’s calculations, however, were considerably different than Net Applications’, as they tend to be.

Net Applications had IE falling by almost two percentage points to 32.1%, while Chrome grew by 1.2 percentage points to 32.4%, making good on reports throughout May that showed Chrome would kick IE out of first place. Firefox, said StatCounter, climbed to 25.6%, while Safari and Opera didn’t budge, accounting for shares of 7.1% and 1.7%, respectively.

Net Applications calculates browser usage share with data obtained from more than 160 million unique visitors who browse 40,000 websites that the company monitors. More browser share figures can be found on the company’s site.


See more by Gregg Keizer on Computerworld.com.

Article source: http://www.macworld.com/article/1167053/chrome_steals_second_place_from_firefox_in_browser_wars.html

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01 Jun 12 Chrome Steals Second From Firefox in Browser Wars


Google’s Chrome passed Mozilla’s Firefox in May to become the world’s second-most-popular browser, according to data released today by Web analytics company Net Applications.

The California-based firm was the second major metric company to track Chrome’s run to second. In November 2011, Irish measurement vendor StatCounter said Chrome had passed Firefox in its estimates.

Net Applications’ spot swapping came as a surprise: Earlier projections by Computerworld had pointed to a delay in Chrome’s capture of second place, perhaps to as late as August.

But in May, Chrome gained 1.3 percentage points, more than double its average increase over the last 12 months, to climb to 20.2%, while Firefox lost six-tenths of a point to fall to 19.6%.

Last month was the first time that Chrome cracked the 20% mark — the browser debuted in September 2008 — and the first time that Firefox fell under that number in Net Applications’ data since October of the same year.

Chrome Steals Second From Firefox in Browser WarsChrome Steals Second From Firefox in Browser WarsFirefox, backed by open-source developer Mozilla, peaked at just over 25% in April 2010, and has been on a slow-but-steady decline in usage share since then.

For Microsoft, May was a return to a more traditional pattern: Internet Explorer (IE) lost half a percentage point to end the month at 53.6%. May’s decline put an end to the two-month-in-a-row growth IE had experienced, and returned the browser to near the share it owned last March.

Even so, IE has gained share in three of the first five months of 2012.

Within the IE family, IE9 continued its ascent, adding one percentage point to account for 16.9% of all browsers on all operating systems. IE8 also was up, boosting its share by nearly half a point to 26.7%.

The other editions — 2006′s IE7 and the 11-year-old IE6 — lost share in May. IE6, the version Microsoft wants to disappear, lost a point last month, falling to 6.1%, a record low in Net Applications’ tracking. IE7 shed seven-tenths of a percentage point to drop to 3.4%, also a record.

While the shift toward IE9 can be attributed to the increasing uptake of Windows 7, IE8′s recent rebound is harder to explain. IE8 has grown its share in four of the first five months of the year compared to only two such months during all of 2011.

The shift toward IE8 and the above-average declines of both IE6 and IE7 so far this year may be due to Microsoft’s new practice of automatically upgrading older versions. Late last year, the company said it would begin to silently force Windows to upgrade IE to the newest-possible edition, ending a tradition of asking users’ permission for such moves.

In January, Microsoft started upgrading some PCs running Windows XP from IE6 or IE7 to IE8, and swapping IE9 for IE7 or IE8 on Vista and Windows 7.

The process started in Australia and Brazil, and is to gradually roll out worldwide this year. Microsoft has declined to provide the names of countries where it has switched on the silent IE upgrades.

Apple‘s Safari lost two-tenths of a point last month to end at 4.6%, while Opera Software’s Opera was flat at 1.6%.

StatCounter’s calculations, however, were considerably different than Net Applications’, as they tend to be.

Net Applications had IE falling by almost two percentage points to 32.1%, while Chrome grew by 1.2 percentage points to 32.4%, making good on reports throughout May that showed Chrome would kick IE out of first place. Firefox, said StatCounter, climbed to 25.6%, while Safari and Opera didn’t budge, accounting for shares of 7.1% and 1.7%, respectively.

Net Applications calculates browser usage share with data obtained from more than 160 million unique visitors who browse 40,000 Web sites that the company monitors. More browser share figures can be found on the company’s site.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer, on Google+ or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed. His email address is gkeizer@computerworld.com.

See more by Gregg Keizer on Computerworld.com.

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Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/256624/chrome_steals_second_from_firefox_in_browser_wars.html

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16 Apr 12 LG Optimus L5 Android phone (preview)


LG’s Optimus L5 is the mid-range model in the company’s new L-Style range of Android phones, which focus mainly on a stylish design. Unfortunately, the Optimus L5′s display has an incredibly low resolution despite its large 4in screen size, which would make it very hard to recommend.

LG Optimus Vu preview

LG Optimus L3 preview

LG Optimus 4X HD preview

LG officially unveiled the Optimus L5 at the 2012 Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona back in February. It’s one of three new LG smartphones (the others are the high-end L7 and the low-end L3) the company is categorising under the term “L-Style”. It’s basically a fancy marketing name for some strict design rules that these new LG phones will adhere to.

LG’s marketing team says that the L-Style design philosophy is based around five aesthetic elements — a modern square-style that aims to provide comfortable grip, a “floating mass” screen for a slimmer look, a more intuitive arrangement of menu keys, metallic accents and a slim shape. In short, LG’s L-Style smartphones will attempt to appear attractive by using a square, slim case.

The Optimus L5 has similar specifications to the smaller Optimus L3. Once again the key feature is its 4in “floating mass display”. This isn’t a new display technology but merely means the display is positioned closer to the surface of the screen, which aims to give the impression that the screen is floating. We’ve already seen this type of display on the LG Optimus Black, and to be fair to LG, it does look pretty impressive.

Unfortunately, despite such a large screen the Optimus L5 has a very low resolution of 320×480. Although LG will point to the fact that this isn’t a flagship or premium phone, it still seems odd to see a 4in screen with that resolution. Compared to displays with higher resolutions, the LG Optimus L5 will lack the detail and sharpness of many of its competitors.

The Optimus L5 doesn’t fare too well in other specification departments, either. A single-core 800MHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera are both standard features that certainly don’t push any boundaries.

Thankfully, the LG Optimus L5 will ship with the latest 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” version of Google’s Android operating system. This will be skinned with LG’s poorly named “3.0 UI” overlay which is yet to be detailed. We can only hope LG keeps things simple and doesn’t add to many features to an OS that is relatively pleasant to use on its own.

LG is yet to announce if or when the Optimus L5 will launch in Australia.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/mobile_phones/lg/optimus_l5/421596

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17 Dec 11 Chrome 15 crowned most popular browser, pushes IE to number 2


Google’s Chrome 15 has jumped into the number one spot, replacing Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) as the world’s most popular browser edition.

Ireland-based StatCounter announced the passing of the baton today, citing data from the last three weeks that put Chrome 15 ahead of IE8 starting the week of 21 November.

It was the first time that IE8 had not held the top spot since early 2010, when it replaced IE7 as the most-widely-used browser, and the first time a non-Microsoft application has led the list in StatCounter’s tracking.

During the last two weeks of November and the first week of December, Chrome 15 accounted for 24 percent of the global browser usage market, compared to IE8′s 22.9 percent. Mozilla’s Firefox 8, meanwhile, held a 14 percent share during that period to take third place, and IE9, Microsoft’s newest version, had the fourth position with 10.4 percent.

Overall, IE retained its aggregate lead over Chrome, with Microsoft owning 39.5 percent of the market those three weeks compared to Google’s 26.5 percent and Mozilla’s 25.3 percent.

In the US, IE8 retained its top ranking, with 27 percent for the week of Dec. 5, nearly nine points higher than Chrome 15′s 18.1 percent, StatCounter said.

But Chrome 15′s global fame will be fleeting. Google released Chrome 16 on Tuesday, and with the browser’s automatic upgrade mechanism, most users of 15 will soon be running version 16.

Google’s latest coup was the second this month: According to StatCounter, Chrome pushed past Firefox in November to snatch the second cumulative spot behind IE.

US-based Web measurement company Net Applications – which does not publicly release weekly stats – had a slightly different take on Chrome 15′s market share.

Net Applications’ data showed Chrome 15 with 14.6 percent of the worldwide market last month, in second place, but with only about half IE8′s 28.2 percent share. Behind Chrome 15, said Net Applications, were IE9 (10.3 percent), IE6, of all things (8 percent) and Firefox 8 (7.3 percent).

Those IE numbers will change if Microsoft new IE upgrading practices take hold. Today the company said it will automatically upgrade IE6 and IE7 on Windows XP to IE8, and upgrade IE7 and IE8 on Windows Vista and Windows 7 to IE9.

The new scheme kicks off next month in Australia and Brazil, and will be expanded to other markets, including the U., over time, Microsoft said.

Microsoft characterised the change as a way to push users to more modern browser, a move that will make “the Web overall better – and safer.”

If users don’t opt out of the auto-upgrades, IE6 and IE7 shares will decline, something Microsoft has been aggressively promoting for IE6 since mid-2009, and amped up last March with the debut of a special IE6 “deathwatch” website.

Chrome 15 edged past IE8 late last month to take the top spot among browser editions.

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16 Dec 11 Google Chrome in-app payments launch outside of US


Back in July, Google launched its in-app payments for developers in the US to use. We reported in August that the in-app payment API from Google was going to be rolling out internationally to support developers in other countries that want to make money from in-app purchases too. As of yesterday, the in-app payment API from Google is now available outside the US.

Google has rolled the API out to 17 more countries. The countries that now have access include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. The API allows the developer to take payments through the apps they sell on the Chrome Web Store.

The API can also be used to take payments on apps sold on the developer websites. The API is said to be easy to use, and it has a large user base of people that already have Google wallet set up. The transaction fees internationally are the same as the fees are in the US at 5% of the transaction.

Article source: http://www.slashgear.com/google-in-app-payments-launches-outside-of-us-16202840/

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16 Dec 11 Chrome 15 Takes Top Spot for Browsers


There’s a new top dog among browser versions. Recent statistics show Google‘s latest Chrome browser has taken the No. 1 spot, bumping out the most popular version of Internet Explorer from Microsoft.

According to StatCounter.com data released Thursday, Chrome 15 now captures 24.55 percent of the world market, edging out IE8‘s 22.9 percent. Mozilla‘s Firefox 9.0 is at 14 percent, and IE9 is in fourth at 10.4 percent. Those rankings, covering the last half of November and the first week in December, are of particular release versions.

When taken as a brand, with all versions combined, IE is still tops with 39.5 percent market share, Chrome is second at 26.5 percent, and Firefox takes a close third at 25.3 percent. As newer versions cycle in and older ones drop out, the brand rankings could begin to reflect the latest version rankings.


The Updating Mechanism

This is the first time since IE8 was released in early 2010 that it has not been in the top spot, and this is the first time any browser not developed by Microsoft has had the lead. In the U.S., IE8 still leads, at 27 percent for the week of December 5, compared with Chrome 15′s 18.1 percent.

A key factor in the browser horse race appears to be the updating mechanism. Google released Chrome 16 Wednesday, which will automatically replace most users’ Chrome 15 via the update mechanism. The auto-updating has been a feature of the browser since Chrome’s introduction three years ago.

Mozilla has gotten some flak over its frequent update plan for Firefox, which involves user consent every six weeks to receive the latest incarnation. Firefox had previously had “silent updating,” but that was dropped a year ago in favor of user notification and consent. Now, it will move back to automatic updating, expected to roll out in mid-2012.

“One of the negative side effects,” wrote Mozilla developer Brian Bondy in October on his blog, “is that minor annoyances with software updates suddenly become much more noticeable. Most users don’t want to think about software updates nor version numbers and now they are being forced to do so every six weeks.”


‘Update Fatigue’

On his blog, Mozilla Foundation Chairman Mitchell Baker wrote earlier this fall that users were alerted to Firefox updates “to make sure people are aware and in control of what’s happening in their environment.” But, he said, users are complaining of “update fatigue,” because the “notifications are irritating.”

The frequent updating has reportedly led to users of various browsers having to update browser-based apps on some cycle as well. But auto-upgrades are feeding the browser race, and Microsoft said Thursday it will start auto-upgrading IE in January, for users who have opted for auto-updates. Enterprises will still be able to control updates.

Previously, Microsoft had requested permission before updating, but now users will automatically receive the latest version available for that operating system version. The auto-updating for IE will start in Australia and Brazil first, and then roll out to other markets on a schedule to be announced.

Article source: http://news.yahoo.com/chrome-15-takes-top-spot-browsers-002817245.html

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