Google launches updates on Chrome, Apps

By Rizza Sta. Ana

Sep 25, 2013 01:39 PM EDT

Today, Google rolled out an update of its Chrome browser to simplify new tab interface. 

The home page of the browser would now show a unified collection of Chrome apps and thumbnails of a user's most-visited sites. This was to address switching back and forth of features, of which previoysly could be viewed in the Google Search bar.

Chrome apps now has a quick access feature located in the top-right corner of the new-tab page. The list of a user's recently closed windows had been transferred from the bottom-right of the new-tab window to the Chrome menu.

Senior vice president in charge of Chrome and Apps Sundar Pichai had said in an interview with CNet that Chrome ultimately makes money for Google by driving search ads. It had indirectly helped its other online services like Google Docs. This was because Google does not pay search revenue or traffic acquisition costs. Google recorded USD14 billion in revenue for the second quarter ending June 30. Traffic acquisition costs for the same quarter was USD3.01 billion or 25% of advertising revenues.

In a SitePoint poll, Chrome takes over 40% of the browser market share, besting open source browser Firefox. In May 2013, Android users take 30% of the market share as opposed to iPhone's 23%. 

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