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Google Chrome

A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Chromium project with a focus on speed...

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A free web browser developed by Google from the open source Small Chromium iconChromium project with a focus on speed and minimalism. Chrome offers fast start-up and web page loading, sports a minimalist user interface, automatically updates in the background, and offers syncing of browser bookmarks, extensions, passwords, and history between multiple computers by Google account.

Additionally, Chrome has Flash and PDF support built into the browser for better speed and security. More Info »

Chrome Web Apps and Extensions are available on Small Chrome Web Store iconChrome Web Store .

Available also as portable app:
http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/google_chrome_portable

Available in more than 50 languages. More Info »

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Google Chrome (sometimes refered to as Chrome) was added by Stuck in Oct 2008 and the lastest update was made in Aug 2014. There is a history of activites on Google Chrome in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Google Chrome or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam.
 
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Average browser, popular just because of the owner

Negative Review by LAN about Google Chrome Also mentioning: Firefox Jul 2014

A couple of months ago I tried Google Chrome, but I was disappointed. I think Chrome is nothing special, it's popular just because of the owner (Google) and its power in the Internet world. Here are some things I didn't like:

  • It was slower than all other browsers.
  • Customization options are very poor.
  • It's very big (occupies about 250 MB of hard disk space).
  • If you have slow Internet connection, it doesn't work at all.
  • I'm concerned about privacy, because Google is a known tracker.
  • Extensions are often useless and bad.

I think that Firefox is much better than Chrome. It's much faster, safer, useful and user-friendly. It also values your privacy. Use Firefox, if you want a good browser.

 
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I agree with you a little bit . But to be Honest it's not that bad . But my favorite and first place browser is Firefox.

 
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Google is primarily an Ad Server. Their "free" properties exist to help you help them profile every bit of you. That's bad.

Privacy is valuable and sacrosanct -- like honor. Don't whore it away. When any-you allows privacy to be pillaged- and raped it ERODES the Expectation of Privacy of everyone!! That's very not-good.

 
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weak derivative

Negative Review by Unwasted_Youth about Google Chrome Also mentioning: Chromium Jul 2014

Chrome is derived from Chromium.

Chrome has "all the better to track you with, my dear" components. That's bad. Privacy is precious and sacrosanct.

Use Chromium.

 
Venom88-image

I used Firefox for years and now I'm realizing that Google Chrome is more complete and easier right after the installation.

First of all you don't need to install Flash Player to start surfing seriously because it's already integrated in the browser and it's updated automatically, so you don't risk for its various bugs and leaks.

If before the extensions were a Firefox exclusive, now, if you want switch browser, you can find similar addons on Chrome too. Adblock Plus is even easier on Chrome because you can create a filter right clicking on the ads you want to hide.

Moreover the integrated functionalities are various. Chrome has a very simple print manager and includes a good PDF viewer, absent from Firefox: you can fill this "lack" only with third part softwares like Foxit Reader that with its plugin can show PDFs in the browser too.

To view video files and listen to audio files on Firefox I must install Quicktime with its plugin (as I said in this topic) while Chrome can play at least mp3 and mp4 files directly.

Chrome is easier ti use for developers too: in fact with Inspect Element you can browse between website resources while on Firefox you can view only the source of the page.

Chrome is also safer because has a sandboxed structure and automatic updates.

What's missing?

 
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Moreover its start speed is incredible: Chrome starts almost immediately (6 seconds on system startup) while Firefox take at least 10 seconds (much more on startup). I thought Firefox had too many extensions that slowed down it, but I installed those extension on Chrome too and it didn't reduce its speed.

 
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I do not remember having written this review :P LOL

Meanwhile Firefox filled the gap with Chrome. I don't use Chrome anymore since November 2012 and I switched back to Firefox.
On Chrome the start speed is still better, it has some integrated functionalities, but

  • extensions aren't often working and some of them seem to be made just to steal your informations :(
  • automatic updates didn't work for me (neither on Windows 7, neither on Windows XP)
  • the look isn't fully customizable
  • an integrated PDF viewer is now available for Firefox too
  • Chrome Inspect Element can be replaced with Page Info on Firefox
  • adding Small Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus iconElement Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus to Firefox, block ads it's easy as on Chrome
  • adding some other extension, the integrated functionalities on Chrome to remove and duplicate tabs are even better on Firefox and the speed is not reduced now.
 
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...and, best of all, Firefox isn't a Google product. Google has too much power in the Internet world.

I, too, switched to Chrome sometime ago (I think it was still in beta at the time), but I'm becoming increasing disillusioned with Google, so anything I can do to reduce exposure to Google's potential privacy breaches is a good thing.

T.

 
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Chrome 15 is more responsive and reliable than Firefox 8 and IE 8, but lacks the tenacity of Firefox at downloading files. Chrome says it supports addons like MAF, but fails to install any extension for me.

 
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PC World Test Jul 27, 2010: Chrome 5 is 8.9% faster than FF 3.6

http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=200963&page=4&type=table&zoomIdx=3

BROWSER Average load time, live sites (seconds)
Chrome 5 ............ 1.75 ..... - 8.9 % Safari 5 ............... 1.89 ..... - 1.6 % IE 8 ...................... 1.91 ..... - 0.1 % Firefox 3.6 ............1.92 ..... = 0.0 % Opera 10.53 ........ 2.19 ..... + 14.1 %

Firefox 4's first beta is 25-27% faster than Firefox 3.6.6.

 
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Safari is slower than IE8?! I instantly stopped trusting the validity of PCWorld's rankings when I read that. That is bogus.

Firefox is nice, but Chrome is still a nicer on most aspects. The design is cleaner (in the stable release! FF4 is still in beta), HTML5 is supported better (OGG and H264, too), JavaScript rendering is insanely fast (http://arewefastyet.com/ - V8!), and it has bookmark and history syncing.

Firefox is an absolutely amazing browser - I'm not saying it's not. But so is Chrome. The thing is so much more streamlined and HTML5 friendly, which is why I love it.

:D

 
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Chrome and Firefox are the fastest browsers, in 3 from 8 web-pages firefox is faster than Chrome In http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=168623&page=1&zoomIdx=1 you see, that chrome is the fastest browser, but the difference is small and depends from the web-page you call. The speed ranking is: (1) Chrome 2, (2) Firefox 3.5, (3) IE 8, (4) Safari 4, (5) Opera 10 beta Firefox is not ~ 2 times slower than Chrome, the average page calling time of Firefox / Chrome is 1.76 / 1.70 seconds. As you see, Firefox is only 0.03 times slower than Google Chrome. In my eyes this difference is too small to be relevant for the decision, what browser to use.

 
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The worldwide market share of Firefox is 4.9 times higher than that of Google Chrome:

Worldwide in Feb. 2010 the top 5 browsers have the following market shares: IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, Other: 55.5%,31.22%, 6.33%, 4.15%, 1.89%, 0.91% Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser-ww-weekly-200827-201006 My personal preference until now was Firefox. The most important reason was the bookmark management with Xmarks (1), which I can use also on my company computer with Internet Explorer, or on computers with Safari (Mac OS). Now XMarks (2) also supports Google Chrome, and there exists already a Chrome extension for XMarks In one minute all my hundreds of XMarks Bookmarks were accessible with the full folder relationships in Google Chrome also, and instantly could be synchronized with Chrome's own Bookmark management. Unfortunately there seems to be no extension available for Chrome with the functions like "Add to searchbar" (3) and "Organize Search Engines" (4) for firefox. Because I use this important Firefox-AddOn every day, this is a reason for me, not to change to Chrome for everyday use, but I will watch Chrome's development and chrome's extensions.

(1) http://alternativeto.net/desktop/xmarks

(2) http://www.xmarks.com/about/features/overview

(3) http://alternativeto.net/desktop/add-to-search-bar

(4) http://firefox.maltekraus.de/extensions/organize-search-engines

 



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