Ed: Same experience from tEarn exitmercial network. Chrome has too many bugs. As a collection of sites focused on early adopters, our reported Chrome share is higher than the average, but declining. Chrome is not ready for prime time.
We've been tipped off that Google has been releasing nightly builds of their new Google Chrome browser like crazy. It's been reported that up to 10 nightly builds a day are being released for Chrome. That's a lot of updates to keep up with and we have to admit we're surprised at the pace in which Google is releasing these builds. However, the builds do not come with automatic updates or notifications for new build releases. A developer has taken the time to throw together a simple and efficient solution.
The success of Google's (GOOG) Chrome browser will be measured in years, not days. But a week after Google unveiled its new browser, it's losing market share -- not gaining it.
Chrome still has a respectable 0.7% to 1% of the browser market, depending on the time of day, according to tracking service Net Applications. But that's down from last week, when its share ranged from 1% to 1.7%, depending on the time of day.
Our internal stats show a similar story. While Chrome accounted for 6.6% of our visits last Wednesday, it now has a 4.7% share -- down almost a third.
Bad news for Google? No. It's natural that a lot of people would try a new product -- which got massive buzz last week -- and then head back to what works for them. Many Firefox users, for example, have said they won't make the leap to Chrome until it'll support the extensions they use. There's also bugs to be squashed, a few features to be added, missing Mac support, etc.
But if Chrome is eventually going to be the basis of some sort of Google-dominated cloud operating system, they're going to have to attract more users at some point.