We should have seen that coming.
Since it’s launch, the open source browser Google Chrome has been rapidly gaining a lot of following and users so much so that it has eclipsed the long-running leader Firefox in market share. And it makes sense – it’s fast and speedy and has the guiding hand of Google itself (although I still love Firefox like no other). But here’s something that could potentially get very ugly – adverts.
gHacks finds out that Google may be giving a shot at in-browser advertisements since the above image is from a Google+ post that clearly shows a one-line ad on the ‘new tab’ page of the browser that’s trying to sell you a Chromebook. Now, a couple of things need to be kept in mind – a) it’s just a Chromebook it’s trying to sell and may not have anything to do with Adsense and may be only promoting things related to Chrome itself b) the browser running here could be a Chromebook itself since there’s no evidence to prove that it isn’t. I wasn’t able to reproduce this on my browser, but that could just mean that it’s slowly rolling out or just a developing feature at the moment. Multiple users on that post are reporting that they are able to see that on their browsers as well, so there is definitely some truth to this for sure.
To be honest, we should have seen this coming since Google is famous to doing this to their services and may just be making good use of their market share by selling ad space and making good money. The ‘new tab’ section is perfect to do so since it’s not obstrusive, but it’s an ad nonetheless.
So I would like to ask Google Chrome users – will you bid farewell to the browser and jump back to Firefox or Opera or will you accept the ads even though none of the other browsers have this? How valuable is Chrome to you?