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Google Chrome


Released September, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Extremely fast web-browsing. Very clean interface. Very fast startup time.

The Cons:Can't switch between custom search engines as quickly as Firefox or IE. Location bar isn't as intelligent as Firefox awesome bar. No "copy link name" feature.

Google Chrome is a web-browser from Google released on September 2nd, 2008. There are three main areas on which Google intends to improve the browsing experience compared to its more entrenched counterparts: security, anonymity, performance.

Product Shot 2 Under the hood there are new browser models implemented that separate the rendering from the program itself, what this means is that individual pages won't slow down or completely crash the entire browser program. On the performance side Google has implemented their own Javascript rendering engine, called V8 that is reported to be 100 times faster than IE7's. On December 11, 2008 Google removed the "beta" designation with it's version 1.0 launch.

Features

  • totally Open Source
  • rewritten javascript engine (V8)
  • Webkit rendering
  • Address bar functionality comparable to Firefox' awesome bar
  • Incognito mode for privacy
  • Sandbox architecture prevents tabs from slowing each other, and crashing browser

Version history

  • September 2, 2008 - 0.2.149.27
  • September 5, 2008 - 0.2.149.29
  • September 17, 2008 - 0.2.149.30
  • October 29, 2008 - 0.3.154.9
  • November 24, 2008 - 0.4.154.25
  • December 1, 2008 - 0.4.154.33
  • December 11, 2008 - 1.0.154.36
  • January 25, 2010 - 4.0.249.78

User Reviews (71)

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Pros
  • 42

    Extremely fast web-browsing

  • 39

    Very clean interface

  • 39

    Very fast startup time

  • 28

    Multi-threaded application architecture

  • 27

    Open-source

  • 26

    Includes "Task Manager" utility to see what web pages/plugins/tabs are using what resources

  • 23

    Integrated search box into the location bar

  • 22

    No clutter on the screen, very open and clean

  • 17

    has incognito mode which does not save any cookies

  • 16

    Drag and drop of tabs into new or existing windows is well done

  • 14

    Seemless transition from Firefox with importing

  • 14

    Autocomplete in the omnibar without using arrow keys

  • 14

    different themes available

  • 13

    Adapted best to Google Applications

  • 12

    getting faster

  • 10

    Has an "awesome bar" like Firefox

  • 10

    Does better than IE, Safari on the Acid3 compliance test (passes both Acid2 and Acid1)

  • 9

    extension support (as of Chrome 4 - beta released December 09, officially released January 2010)

  • 8

    Includes some Safari-esque UI niceities like resizable input boxes

  • 8

    bookmark sync (added in 4.0)

  • 6

    available for Linux and OSX too (Chrome 4 - beta released December 09, officially released January 2010)

  • 5

    You can assign keyboard shortcuts to your custom search engines to quickly search using the omnibar

  • 5

    Useful tick-marks show up in scrollbar when searching a large web page

  • 5

    another great alternative to Internet Explorer - escalates the Browser Wars, puts it further into the domain of the mainstream

  • 3

    Ported onto linux--name changed to Chromium--which is just as fast and responsive as the windows client

  • 2

    Does as well as Safari on Acid 3 and Acid 2 compliance tests

  • 1

    Tab Syncing (Open tabs get synced across devices where signed in)

  • 1

    Chrome for Android

Cons
  • 14

    Can't switch between custom search engines as quickly as Firefox or IE

  • 10

    Location bar isn't as intelligent as Firefox awesome bar

  • 10

    No "copy link name" feature

  • 6

    updates are pushed automatically, unannounced

  • 5

    No "/" for searching in a page

  • 4

    Installation is a little weird

  • 1

    No print frame feature

  • 0

    Security Flaws prevalent

  • 0

    Dragging a window into a new window is slow with a low power GPU

  • 0

    not avaliable on Linux

  • 0

    Not available on Mac

  • 0

    Doesn't render XML/RSS pages very well - FF, Safari, IE are all better

  • -1

    Window placement is wonky with Win-split revolution

  • -1

    High CPU load

  • -1

    installs Google Update, which runs constantly in the background, spyware like

  • -2

    Fonts aren't as nice as Safari

  • -2

    unfinished

  • -3

    updates are few and far between

  • -3

    Privacy concerns over usage tracking

  • -3

    Can't add or find favorites as easily as I Explorer.

  • -4

    Unstable even after extensive beta-testing, high resource load, memory leaks, crashes

  • -6

    themes and extension pool suck in comparison to Firefox so far

  • -7

    No F11 full-screen mode

  • -7

    lots of themes are hideous

  • -11

    It is hard to load new pages because there are no buttons

  • -11

    Virtually no security(its like safari on windows{no explanation needed})

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Erik
Erik: I can't believe it's even taken this long for #google_chrome to take over #mozilla_firefox as the top browser on TechCrunch:

http://techcrunch.com/2010/11/30/top-browsers/

IE is sadly still the top browser on PW: IE 39%, FF 32%, Chrome 15%, Safari 11%, Opera 2% Dec 1, 10
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Omar
Omar: #google_chrome I love how Chrome just updates in the background. I got an update recently - have no idea which version - but this one includes a built in PDF reader. I just have to say THANK GOD! PDFs, whether we like it or not, are part and parcel of the web so it's annoying always having to open a separate program.

The actual rendering of the PDF inside Chrome leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm sure it'll improve over time. Nov 25, 10
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Midwinter
Midwinter: #google_chrome Won't use anything else Nov 12, 10
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Siouxie
Siouxie: #google_chrome Wouldn't load properly and crashed often when it finally did. Jan 26, 10
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Fugazi
Fugazi: #google_chrome Excellent browser to install for newbie users because it updates silently and is much faster and standard compatible than IE.

Extensions will be there in final soon but API still needs some work. However with how fast Chrome is developing and how good it is we may soon see many advanced users switching, that is unless Mozilla gets to work and make FF better (which actually is with 3.6 soon).

In summary, if you want just simple and fast browser I can highly recommend Chrome. If you are advanced user I would stick to FF still but I would watch Chrome closely and make jump as soon as all your favorite extensions are made. Dec 13, 09
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Yale
Yale: #google_chrome Latest update was just published! 2.0.172.28. 300+ bugs fixed, nice feature addons, and an update to the V8 JS engine. Watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rubd9bqjS64 for an overview of some of the major updates. May 22, 09
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Yale
Yale: #google_chrome

Well, Google pushed a new beta update. Very stealth - all the sudden one really annoying bug was just fixed. Only getting nicer... now if only there were extensions...

Edit: Oh, 0.3.154.9 was out for this long already? Hmmm...

Nov 16, 08
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Erik
Erik: #google_chrome It looks like the "beta" release 0.3.154.9 came out on Oct. 29. Before that they were calling the releases "development" or "preview" releases. I posted a link to the release blog in the external links.

No addons yet. It still has the quirky Window tiling mode issue. Nov 6, 08
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Yale
Yale: #google_chrome Does anyone know when to expect an update for Chrome? I'd like to get a newer build because some of these quirks are really annoying... Nov 6, 08
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GT-D
GT-D: #google_chrome yeah, i found it surprisingly slow having used it for a little while last night.

I'm still optimistic about where its going but not convinced to switch yet. Sep 3, 08
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Yale
Yale: #google_chrome

It's quite buggy software, on my girlfriends PC she has a tough time getting scroll to work consistently, and it seems to render slower than Firefox. For me, it's an amazing browser, but on a second screen with a different resolution it will maximize to the original screen resolution and I also find it to be way too simplistic compared to the much more mature Firefox. Hopefully this wakes Mozilla up.

Sep 2, 08
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Erik
Erik: #google_chrome Actually, I decided not to switch. Ultimately it came down to 1) the lack of awesomeness in the location bar, and 2) the fact that chrome doesn't work well with win-split revolution. Sep 2, 08
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Whipdaddy
Whipdaddy: #google_chrome The Google shell is finally coming together! Sep 2, 08
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Whipdaddy
Whipdaddy: #google_chrome It's so clean and slick. It had me at hello :) Sep 2, 08
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meNNis
meNNis: #google_chrome Yea... but how are all the ads? =\ Sep 2, 08
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Erik
Erik: #google_chrome Man, gotta hand it to Google on this one. To have me already seriously switching to Chrome from Firefox after about 5 minutes of use is impressive.

It's fast, it's clean, it's got a wicked software architecture, it's Google. Sep 2, 08
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Yale
Yale: #google_chrome It feels so right, but with the big google tag and without adblock it starts to feel wrong. Just hope Mozilla steals all this amazing tech. Sep 2, 08
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