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From 1 to 300 Million: Chrome at Google I/O in Numbers


Google I/O 2014 did more than showcase a bevy of new features — it also presented us with cold, hard stats to underline its successes.

The past few years have proven solid for the Chrome platform in particular, and at I/O this didn’t go unmentioned. Google divvied up a wealth of updated facts and figures for us to chew over. Below is a handful of the most relevant stats, percentages and numbers relating to Chrome.

icon_512300 Million

Most of us know that Chrome on mobile is popular — but just how popular? Well, very. In fact, the number of people actively using it at least once in a 30-day period is now 300 million strong.

It includes uses across Android and iOS, and to put the stat into perspective: this time last year Google was trumpeting its use by 27 million. That means usage has grown 10-fold in just one year.

Impressive, non? 


Chromecast users are spending 40% more time a week casting content to a TV than when the device launched, stats that seem to contradict the findings laid out in a recent consumer survey report.

Google’s Rishi Chandra, Chromecast Director of Product Management, noted that YouTube sees more engagement through Chromecast than from any other device, including games consoles and smart TVs.

icon_512Over a 30-day period Google found that 50% of users cast from multiple platforms.

Chromecast has been the #1 selling electronics product on Amazon in the US, UK, France, Japan and Canada since its launch. “We’re blown away by its performance so far. We’re outselling every other streaming device combined,” he added.

The solid sales and strong usage is surprising considering that when the Chromecast launched it had a mere 5 Cast-ready apps supporting it. Today, there are over 250 Cast-ready apps available — with more arriving by the day.

Finally, 6,000 registered developers are now actively using the Google Cast SDK to prep as many as 10,000 apps able to stream content to Chromecast and Android TV.


booksOn the Chrome OS side there are now 8 OEMs making 15 distinct Chrome OS devices now on sale in 28 countries — with plenty more on the way.

Chromebooks remain some of the best selling laptops sold on Amazon, with the 10 highest rated notebooks available on being Chromebooks*.

The number of Chromebooks sold to K-12 schools has risen 6x in the last year, too.

Chrome Apps

Lastly, Google Drive has seen a whopping 85% increase in users over the past year, with 190 million 30-day actives now storing their files in the cloud.

Of the top 100 startups in the US 67 have ‘Gone Google’, as have 58% of the Fortune 500 and some 72 top US universities.

* Accurate at time of I/O

  • Smallwheels

    Why does it take so long to implement features into Google Drive? I would like Drive to be full of features so that it could totally replace other more famous office software products. It would be good if it had as many features as LibreOffice. For now I just want more font size choices. Another thing that would be useful to me is being able to choose if documents are opened at the first page or the last page. I have some gigantic text logs that take minutes to open. If they opened on the last page then I could get to work immediately instead of waiting for the last page to load so I can scroll to it.

    Docs has existed for years. Google must not really want to create a great office suite. They seem content with making one that is just mediocre. If they made an outstanding office suite it would certainly increase the appeal of Android and Chrome OS. Can anybody explain why Google won’t make a superior office suite? I would love it if somebody from Google would answer this question.

    • Michal

      You can already just type in whatever font size you would like to use.

      • Smallwheels

        I use a couple of font sizes that aren’t in the drop down menu. Every time i want to start I must type the number. Then when I want to do headings I must type that number and then go back to the other one which means typing again and again. In LibreOffice these sizes (16 & 26) are available in the menu.

        • Robert Nasiadek

          Yeah, one thing I really really miss is the ability to define my own styles. There are other minor annoyances, but this one’s pretty bad for me.

  • Ryan Howard

    Still don’t understand how anyone could think the chromecast is better than Roku, for one can a Chromecast stream torrents, and local files?

    • Matt Rogers

      Not “better” but different. Chromecast is super cheap and very extensible, which makes it very appealing. Streaming from your cloud storage has been possible since day one (pretty much) and I’m willing to bet there’ll be an app that streams torrents very soon.

      It’s just cheap enough for everyone to take a punt on it without any fear of regret. So people do.

    • Robert Nasiadek

      Well, I actually do stream local files on occasion, so yeah :-)
      Chromecast does one thing that was missing in all the other devices – it has no UI by itself. You use your phone, tablet or laptop to control it (basically you grab whatever is nearby), you don’t need any additional remote control. I can switch Netflix from my Nexus to my TV at any time with a press of an on-screen button. I’ve used many different streaming solutions before, but Chromecast just seamlessly blends into the experience.