Google entered the web browser marketplace with its Chrome software less than four years ago but since then Chrome has been used more and more by PC owners around the world. Today, as part of their keynote address at the second day of the Google I/O developer conference, the company announced that Chrome now has 310 million active users worldwide.
The company claims that in 2011, Chrome only had 160 million users. That means Chrome users has nearly doubled in just one year. In May, StatCounter claims that its results showed that Chrome has now overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the most used web browser worldwide. Microsoft has already said that it does not consider StatCounter's methods of generating web browser statistics to be as accurate as Net Applications, which Microsoft uses to promote their IE stat progress.
Google just announced yet another new update to the PC version of Chrome today on their blog with an automatic update that has "hundreds of bug fixes". Google also announced this week that Chrome is now out of beta for Android 4.0 devices. It is also working on a Metro version of Chrome that will run on Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system; the company released an early version of that build a few weeks ago.
Source: Google I/O keynote live stream