Google CEO talks down browser rumors
After many months of persistent rumors regarding a Google browser, Google
CEO Eric Schmidt officially
talked down the claims during a conference call with analysts.
Schmidt suggested that Google was not planning to introduce a web
browser just yet:
"It looks like people have some good browser choices already," Schmidt
said. "We would not build a browser for the fun of building a browser,"
he added. . . . "We would only do something ... if we thought there was
a real end-user benefit," he said.
Instead, Google is said to be encouraging the use of third-party web
browsers such as Firefox, Opera, and Apple's Safari. Google is also
collaborating with Mozilla on the upcoming Firefox 2.0 release, which
will include a Google-provided phishing prevention feature. Mozilla says
the feature will work by checking browsed sites against a black list of
malicious sites, alerting users when they encounter a phishing
attack. This functionality is already offered by Google's Safe Browsing
for current versions of Firefox, but it will be integrated
in the next Firefox release.