The second day of Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco began with an announcement by Sundar Pichai, Google’s VP Product Management, that Chrome had reached 160 million users amounting
to a 20% market share.
Last year Google’s web browser had an active user base of only 70 million (8.61%) and Pichai credits this spike in users to a Mac port of the browser, increased developer support, as well as a successful TV ad campaign. In comparison, Mozilla Firefox has a 29.47% market share while Internet Explorer commands 44%.
Pichai also outlined Google’s future plans for the Chrome web store: To date 17 million applications have been downloaded via the web store, and Google plans to expand this enterprise by making it available in 41 different languages as well as offering in app web payments.
The keynote concluded with a demonstration of the graphics library WebGL running in Chrome which, according to Pichai, can run the Chrome port of Angry Birds (coming soon to the Chrome store) at an impressive 60 FPS.