On Wednesday, Google announced that the mobile version of Chrome now has more than 1 billion monthly active users.
At the Chrome Developer Summit last November, Google announced that Chrome on mobile had doubled its number of active users over the year from 400 million to 800 million users. Since then, the mobile browser has gained 200 million more monthly active users, bringing the count to 1 billion. This announcement and others came in the form of an infographic on Chrome celebrating the 50th release this week. Chrome also boasts 771 billion pages loaded each month, "which is pretty much the same number of pages in over 821 million dictionaries," quipped Google in the infographic. The browser also touts over 500 billion "characters not typed each month… thanks to search autocomplete," along with over 2 million gigabytes fewer data used each month due to the browser's data-saving features, 3.6 billion web pages automatically translated each month, and 9.1 billion forms and passwords automatically filled each month.
These Chrome achievements were published shortly after Google was formally accused of violating EU antitrust rules by forcing Android handset manufacturers to pre-install Chrome and Search in exchange for Google Play access. On Wednesday, the European Commission informed Google of its "preliminary view" that the company "abused its dominant position by imposing restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators." Google said that it stands by its practices but offered to work with the Commission "to demonstrate that Android is good for competition and good for consumers."
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