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03 Apr 12 Google Chrome Loses Market Share to Internet Explorer


google-chrome-logoIn our latest installment of the browser wars, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) has started to regain its share of the browser market at the expense of rival browsers, particularly Mozilla’s Firefox and Google Chrome.

IE has made a comeback this year, increasing its market share by 2 percent from December 2011 to March 2012 to 53.83 percent, according to the data from Net Applications. This follows a period of decreasing popularity between May and December last year for the browser, during which it lost more than 5 percent of its users.

Firefox usage has generally declined since May 2011 to this March, falling roughly 2 percent to 20.55 percent of the market.

Meanwhile, Google Chrome increased its user base between May and December last year by nearly 6 percent, but in recent months it has been losing users. Chrome now sits at 18.57 percent of the market.

Apple’s Safari browser had slowly increased its market share since May last year to as high as 5.24 percent, although it appeared to take a popularity hit in December and January and has now fallen to 5.07 percent in March.

While the figures are good news for Microsoft, the firm is still under threat in the market with Chrome passing IE usage on a single day during March, for the first time in its history, according to StatCounter.

The company’s research showed that the spike was largely due to heavy usage in India, Russia, and Brazil, indicating a wider trend of increased Chrome usage over weekends. The phenomenon was taken by analysts as a sign that consumers commonly use IE for work purposes during the week and Chrome for home browsing.

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Article source: http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2165521/Google-Chrome-Loses-Market-Share-to-Internet-Explorer

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23 Mar 12 Chrome crowned browser king for a day


Chrome was last Sunday the most-used browser in the world, according to the website analytics firm StatCounter.

Google’s browser briefly overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer for the first time on that day, although IE is now back in the lead. StatCounter said Chrome’s one-day triumph was a “milestone”, and pointed out that people tend to use Chrome more on the weekends, when they are away from work, and IE more while in the workplace.

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StatCounter analyses a network of more than three million sites to provide statistics relating to the browsers people are using, as well as operating systems and other factors such as screen resolution. On Wednesday, the company said a surge of Chrome use in India, Russia and Brazil on the weekend had briefly made the browser the most widely-used in the world.

“While it is only one day, this is a milestone,” StatCounter CEO Aodhan Cullen said in a statement. “Whether Chrome can take the lead in the browser wars in the long term remains to be seen, however the trend towards Chrome usage at weekends is undeniable. At weekends, when people are free to choose what browser to use, many of them are selecting Chrome in preference to IE.”

On the Sunday, Chrome had a 32.71-percent share of global browser usage, just above Internet Explorer’s 32.5 percent. However, the shares normalised after that, and Chrome is currently on 30.41 percent to IE’s 35.29 percent.

Mozilla’s Firefox, which was until last December in second place ahead of Chrome, is now in third place with a 25.05-percent share, StatCounter’s latest figures show.

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26 Jan 12 Naveen demands total ban on chrome ore


PTI | 08:01 PM,Jan 25,2012

Bhubaneswar, Jan 25 (PTI) Apprehending that the country’s
chromite reserves might not last for more than
20 years, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded a
complete ban on export of chrome ore with immediate effect.
Expressing concern over rapid depletion of chromite
reserve, Patnaik said only an estimated 66
million tonne of chromite was reserved in the country of which
95 per cent had been located in the state.
“I am of the opinion that in order to provide raw
material security to the end-user industries in the country, a
total ban on export of chromite should be imposed
immediately,” Patnaik said in a letter to Dinsha J Patel,
Union Minister of State for Mines.
Despite the low reserves,
export of the mineral is allowed. At least 1.9 million tonne
was
exported in 2008-09. Over 75 per cent of the chromite was
being exported to China,” he said.
India has only 1 per cent of world’s chrome reserve,
Patnaik said, adding that the lesson should be learnt from
Zimbabwe
which has around 10 per cent of the world’s total deposit.
“Zimbabwe as part of its strategic measure to conserve its
finite resources, has also imposed a ban on chrome ore export
from April, 2011,” the chief minister said.
Stating that the state attracted huge investment in
steel and ferro chrome sectors, Patnaik said these industries
require chromite as an input. Chrome ore is used in making
ferrochrome, which is further used in manufacture of stainless
steel.
Stainless steel has considerable demand in the
construction sector and particularly required for expansion
of automobile industry, which uses the non-corrosive material
for external body surfaces.
“I am given to understand that the Union Ministry of
Steel has also demanded a ban on export of chrome ore,” the
chief minister said.

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06 Dec 11 ibibo Games now on Google Chrome Web-store India


According to Google, they are happy to be part of this effort to bring games to chrome users in India and worldwide.

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Article source: http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/ibibo-Games-now-on-Google-Chrome-Web-store-India/5303991770

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25 Nov 11 Google may take time to roll out chrome in India


Google is yet to take any call on rolling out Google Chrome operating system and notebook in India. Google India director Vinay Goel said that the company is focusing on the US and the UK markets and it’s a learning experience for them. “We will decide on their India launch on the basis of this learning and at an appropriate time. Right now there is no such thinking,” said Goel.

Goel who was here to flag off the Google internet bus’s journey across West Bengal, said that the street view project of Google will be resumed after it receives some regulatory clearances from the government.

Google street view, a technology featured in Google maps and google earth was supposed to revolutionise the way we approach maps in the country. This hit a roadblock in June with the Bangalore police objecting to the collection of data by Google’s cars, which were crisscrossing Bangalore city taking high definition images to give users 360 degree views of streets

Google recently terminated some of the products and services including Google Knol (Google’s version of Wikipedia), Google Gears (that allowed web applications to be used offline) and Google Wave. Goel said, “When we withdraw or terminate some products that does not mean we are terminating it forever. We are continuously experimenting and constantly taking customers feedbacks. Maybe, they will come back with improved, upgraded, refined features in some other forms.”

At present nearly 37 per cent of the estimated 82 million internet users in the country are from smaller towns. “We have also found that some 30 per cent of the internet bus users have already begun using internet. We hope this trend will continue,” Goel said.

Article source: http://www.mydigitalfc.com/news/google-may-take-time-roll-out-chrome-india-880

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16 Nov 11 Soon you can order Chromebook in India


Internet giant Google’s Chromebook, the much-celebrated mobile device tailor-made for Web browsing and running on its Chrome Operating System, is likely to be shipped in India by early 2012.

Speaking to presspersons at an interaction here, Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president, Chrome and Apps, Google, said: “I would be very surprised if Chromebooks are not shipped in India by early 2012. We see India as a huge potential market for us,” he said. Chrome, he pointed out, is very popular on laptops, where 98 per cent of the time is spent browsing, and, hence, he believes it was natural for them to take the next step: build an OS to bring the full power of the Web to users in a fast, simple and more secure package. In October 2011, Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most popular browser in India.

Chromebook first began shipping globally in June with the devices being manufactured by Acer and Samsung.

Mr. Pichai, who leads the product management and innovation efforts for Google’s consumer products including Chrome, Chrome OS, Gmail and Google Docs, says the user experience is key.

He added that over time there will be more hardware partners.

Google’s flop

On Google Plus, and the company’s failed foray into the social media space with Buzz, Mr. Pichai said that it was “all part of the journey”. “We understood more about privacy and related implications through Google Buzz,” he said, pointing out that features on Plus such as ‘hangouts’ and ‘circles’ were products of this understanding. “Yes, there would not have been a Google Plus without Google Buzz.”

Google has around 2,000 employees working in India in offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore, with sales and marketing teams in Gurgaon and Mumbai. Mr. Pichai said the teams here were extremely talented and focussed on innovation, with a lot of technologists working keenly on the application feature suite here.

e-commerce market

Besides Google’s Chrome and Chromebook, Mr. Pichai said that there is a huge e-commerce market in India that remains to be tapped.

“I found that online transactions are cumbersome and not at all easy,” he said, comparing this to the “seamless, easy” experience abroad, and the even smoother experience he had with Google Wallet while making simple grocery payments in the United States. A product like Google Wallet can take online money and transactions here to a different level, he added.

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Article source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2632277.ece

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16 Nov 11 Soon you can order Chromebook in India


Internet giant Google’s Chromebook, the much-celebrated mobile device tailor-made for Web browsing and running on its Chrome Operating System, is likely to be shipped in India by early 2012.

Speaking to presspersons at an interaction here, Sundar Pichai, senior vice-president, Chrome and Apps, Google, said: “I would be very surprised if Chromebooks are not shipped in India by early 2012. We see India as a huge potential market for us,” he said. Chrome, he pointed out, is very popular on laptops, where 98 per cent of the time is spent browsing, and, hence, he believes it was natural for them to take the next step: build an OS to bring the full power of the Web to users in a fast, simple and more secure package. In October 2011, Chrome overtook Microsoft’s Internet Explorer as the most popular browser in India.

Chromebook first began shipping globally in June with the devices being manufactured by Acer and Samsung.

Mr. Pichai, who leads the product management and innovation efforts for Google’s consumer products including Chrome, Chrome OS, Gmail and Google Docs, says the user experience is key.

He added that over time there will be more hardware partners.

Google’s flop

On Google Plus, and the company’s failed foray into the social media space with Buzz, Mr. Pichai said that it was “all part of the journey”. “We understood more about privacy and related implications through Google Buzz,” he said, pointing out that features on Plus such as ‘hangouts’ and ‘circles’ were products of this understanding. “Yes, there would not have been a Google Plus without Google Buzz.”

Google has around 2,000 employees working in India in offices in Hyderabad and Bangalore, with sales and marketing teams in Gurgaon and Mumbai. Mr. Pichai said the teams here were extremely talented and focussed on innovation, with a lot of technologists working keenly on the application feature suite here.

e-commerce market

Besides Google’s Chrome and Chromebook, Mr. Pichai said that there is a huge e-commerce market in India that remains to be tapped.

“I found that online transactions are cumbersome and not at all easy,” he said, comparing this to the “seamless, easy” experience abroad, and the even smoother experience he had with Google Wallet while making simple grocery payments in the United States. A product like Google Wallet can take online money and transactions here to a different level, he added.

Keywords: Google Chrome

Article source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Bangalore/article2632277.ece

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31 Oct 11 India calls for total ban of chrome ore export – Report


Earlier this month, India’s steel ministry, concerned over the depleting reserves of chrome ore, called for a complete ban of its export. The ministry warned that the country may soon run out of the costly steel making input if it failed to plug exports. The article said that India had roughly 50 million tonnes of charge chrome grade ore but the country’s reserves are said to have depleted to 38 million tonnes.

Mr PK Misra steel secretary of India told Indian Express newspaper said that “Despite this low reserve base, we are exporting nearly 500,000 tonnes of chrome ore a month. So, we are categorically in favor of a ban on chrome ore exports and have conveyed our opinion to the concerned departments.”

India’s announcement came months after South Africa, the world’s largest exporter of chrome, said it wanted to ban chrome exports to China. India is the world’s third largest chrome exporter. Along with Kazakhstan, the world’s second largest producer, the three countries account for around 80% of the world’s production of chromite ore, which is used to make stainless steel to pigments to finish metals to plating.

The Indian government, which had until now enforced several restrictions against exporting chrome ore, is now calling for a total ban for the first time.

Mr Mark Beveridge, a market research analyst at Paris based International Chromium Development Association, said that “Speculation about export bans, particularly in India, is pretty common. That being so, I don’t think there is anything to say on this until we get confirmation that either country is actually going to do something.”

The National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa in September called for urgent restrictions on chrome exports, especially to China. The union said China was stockpiling chrome, mainly sourced from South Africa, to dictate future market prices, adding that of the 8 million tonnes of chrome ore imported by China in 2010, about 3.1 million tonnes were sourced from South Africa.

Mr Beveridge said that “South Africa’s authorities are thought to be considering the implications that a chrome ore export ban would have. It is by no means clear at this stage that they will actually recommend any restrictions or duties on chrome ore exports. Indian authorities are also reported to be considering an extension to the ban they already have on exporting certain types of chrome ore. But, as with South Africa, they have not actually said they will be making any changes.”

Experts say it is hard to gauge what kind of impact a chromium ban would have on the markets as the metal is not traded on major metal exchanges. Trades are included in bulk-steel trades in an over the counter deal or the price of the metal can also be negotiated between parties.

Some chrome producers themselves have also called for a ban of the metal to China from South Africa. Stuart Elliot, the chief executive officer of Merafe Resources, a South African chrome miner, said in a recent interview that the rising level of South African chrome exports to China was of huge concern, adding that exporting South African chrome ore cheaply to China improved the competitive position of the Asian country’s ferrochrome industry to the detriment of South African producers.

Whether these bans lead to shortage and price increases is still to be seen. But with global stainless steel production at an all time high of 35 million tonnes in 2011, demand for chrome ore is expected to rise, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The article added that supply conditions may drive up prices of ferrochrome and chrome ore in 2012 as China is expected to see chrome ore shortage after Zimbabwe banned export of the metal to China. The outcome of India and South Africa’s move could tip the scale either way.

(Sourced from www.resourceinvestingnews.com)

Article source: http://www.steelguru.com/stainless_steel_news/India_calls_for_total_ban_of_chrome_ore_export_Report/233198.html

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29 Oct 11 Microsoft, Compal Sign Patent Deal Covering Android, Chrome


Microsoft has signed a patent agreement with Taiwan’s Compal Electronics that provides coverage under its patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running Android or the Chrome platform, the company said Sunday.

As a result of the agreement, companies accounting for over half of all Android devices have now entered into patent license agreements with Microsoft, its general counsels, Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez said in a blog post.

More than half of the global contract manufacturer industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio, following the agreement with Compal and earlier ones with two other contract manufacturers, Wistron and Quanta Computer, Microsoft said.

The company claims similar success for its licensing program with companies producing devices under their own brand, which it calls original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Microsoft announced last month a cross-license patent agreement with Samsung Electronics that gives Microsoft royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform.

Following the agreement with Samsung, Microsoft now has license agreements in place with OEMs that account for 53 percent of all Android smartphones in the U.S., the general counsels said.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Microsoft said the licensing deal with Compal, its tenth around Android so far, would bring it royalties, but did not provide details.

Microsoft has offered a licensing program to makers of Android devices to avoid being sued by the company for allegedly infringing its patents, which was embraced last year by HTC for its mobile phones running Android.

The company’s “license-first” approach hasn’t always worked, and in March it filed legal action against Barnes Noble, and its device makers Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec for alleged patent infringements by Nook devices which run Android.

Microsoft also has ongoing litigation with Motorola Mobility. Google said in August that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola for about US$12.5 billion

“Our firm view remains, however, that licensing is the best way forward for the industry, and we will continue to prefer the licensing path to litigation,” Gutierrez said in March.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John’s e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242427/microsoft_compal_sign_patent_deal_covering_android_chrome.html

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24 Oct 11 Microsoft, Compal Sign Patent Deal Covering Android, Chrome


Microsoft has signed a patent agreement with Taiwan’s Compal Electronics that provides coverage under its patent portfolio for Compal’s tablets, mobile phones, e-readers and other consumer devices running Android or the Chrome platform, the company said Sunday.

As a result of the agreement, companies accounting for over half of all Android devices have now entered into patent license agreements with Microsoft, its general counsels, Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez said in a blog post.

More than half of the global contract manufacturer industry for Android and Chrome devices is now under license to Microsoft’s patent portfolio, following the agreement with Compal and earlier ones with two other contract manufacturers, Wistron and Quanta Computer, Microsoft said.

The company claims similar success for its licensing program with companies producing devices under their own brand, which it calls original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Microsoft announced last month a cross-license patent agreement with Samsung Electronics that gives Microsoft royalties for Samsung’s mobile phones and tablets running the Android mobile platform.

Following the agreement with Samsung, Microsoft now has license agreements in place with OEMs that account for 53 percent of all Android smartphones in the U.S., the general counsels said.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Microsoft said the licensing deal with Compal, its tenth around Android so far, would bring it royalties, but did not provide details.

Microsoft has offered a licensing program to makers of Android devices to avoid being sued by the company for allegedly infringing its patents, which was embraced last year by HTC for its mobile phones running Android.

The company’s “license-first” approach hasn’t always worked, and in March it filed legal action against Barnes Noble, and its device makers Foxconn International Holdings and Inventec for alleged patent infringements by Nook devices which run Android.

Microsoft also has ongoing litigation with Motorola Mobility. Google said in August that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Motorola for about US$12.5 billion

“Our firm view remains, however, that licensing is the best way forward for the industry, and we will continue to prefer the licensing path to litigation,” Gutierrez said in March.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John’s e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/242427/microsoft_compal_sign_patent_deal_covering_android_chrome.html

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