Google Chrome is clearly one of the most popular internet browsers in the world. For a while now, the Mountain View-based tech giant has been pitching Chrome extensions aggressively to give new features to users. However, it looks there aren’t too many takers for a majority of these extensions. According to a report by ZDNet, that cites a research done by Extension Monitor, about 50% of Chrome extensions have less than 16 installs.

The report gives a detailed breakdown of Google Chrome extensions. As of now there are around 1.89 lakh extensions available on the Chrome Web Store. As mentioned, half of them don’t have more than 16 installs whereas around 19,379 have zero installs. Further, 25,540 extensions have been downloaded by just one user.

Chrome extensions, according to the report, have struggled to build a database. Around 87% of all the extensions available on Chrome have less than 1,000 installs. Considering, Google Chrome browser gets 1 billion active users in a month, the numbers are relatively poor.

It’s not as if all Chrome extensions have no takers as some of them have been downloaded millions of times as well. There are 13 extensions that have been downloaded over 10 million times. These 13 include a few popular ones, including a few ad blockers. The 13 extensions that have more than 10 million users include, Google Translate, Adobe Acrobat, Tampermonkey, Avast Online Security, Adblock Plus, Grammarly for Chrome, Skype among others.

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On a related note, Google has started tightening the security of its Chrome browser by eliminating Chrome extensions that take your personal information and abuse it. The search giant made this announcement back in May and asked developers to update their Chrome extensions so it asks for minimum permissions without cutting down the functionality. They were also asked to post privacy policies.

The Chrome extensions that don’t meet the basics stated by Google, will be removed from the Chrome Web Store. This also includes the new extension submissions that are not following the new policy.





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