Chrome is installed by default on all Android devices that come from Google's partners as well as all Chromebook computers. That probably accounts to a lot of devices, without taking into consideration all the Chrome browsers that users choose to install on their PCs and Macs. So it's not hard to see how the browser could now be running on billions of phones and desktops and actively used on most of them.
Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Chrome's VP Product Management at Google, tweeted today an interesting figure: there are 2 billion active Chrome browsers across mobile and desktop. Rahul doesn't explain what exactly constitutes an "active browser," and over which period of time it had to be used to count, but it's an important stat nonetheless.
2 billion active chrome browsers across mobile and desktop. Truly amazing to be making an impact at this scale. Let's move the web forward!
— rahulrc (@rahulrc) November 11, 2016
With Chrome's recent updates to bring more and more features like the download manager, offline pages, data savers, gamepad support, Bluetooth API, Android Pay, it's starting to make experiences almost as complex as native apps possible in the browser. It'll be fascinating to see it evolve even further, as it's easily one of the most unified ways to bring new features to existing devices. Oh and maybe, just maybe, one day it'll consume less RAM and go back to being the lean and fast browser it was first billed as.