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  • Version:
    55.0.2883.75
  • Total Downloads:
    27,827,948
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 02, 2016
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
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  • Downloads Last Week:
    31,427
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Web Browsers

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Editors' Review

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Google's Chrome Web browser has become one of the most popular in the world, thanks to smooth performance, support for add-ons, and features like casting and voice search that are absent in or only partially implemented by competing browsers like Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge.

Pros

The best add-on support: Chrome slightly edges out Firefox in two ways. One, your add-ons are linked to your Google account. So if you download a new version of Chrome or install an add-on on one of your devices, when you log in to your Google account in Chrome on another device, the browser will automatically download and install those add-ons or updates. Two, the Chrome version of an add-on frequently has more work put into the user interface. For example, the login UI for LastPass is much nicer looking in Chrome than it is in Firefox. That matters if you're logging in and out of LastPass all day.

Plus, Chrome's task manager (access it by pressing Shift-Esc) breaks down how much RAM and CPU power each add-ons is using, so you can identify ones that may be causing issues with browser performance or device battery life. Firefox has some tools to track add-on performance, but they're not nearly as user-friendly.

Great casting support: Casting in Chrome used to require an add-on, but it's now embedded in the browser. If you have a TV with a Chromecast device and it's on the same network as your PC, you can open a Chrome tab on your PC and send it to y0ur television. Or you can cast a streaming video that's embedded on that tab. This is handy for presentations or for watching a video on a big screen. By contrast, for Firefox, only the Android version can stream, it doesn't support as wide a variety of video types, and you can't cast a tab.

Voice search: When you go to Google.com in the Chrome browser, the search field has a microphone icon in it. Click it to search using your voice, if your computer has an enabled microphone. For most people, this is much faster than typing a search query.

Cons

Memory usage could be better: It's not unusual for Chrome to use over a gigabyte of RAM, even when you have just a few tabs open that are more or less static. There are understandable reasons for that -- for one, Chrome has to remember your recently closed tabs so that they can quickly reload on demand. But Chrome does not tend to scale down its usage on devices that have limited amounts of RAM.

Resistance to add-ons that download embedded videos: As the owner of YouTube, Google naturally doesn't want people downloading its videos and viewing them without the ads that make it profitable. But offline viewing is important for people with unreliable connections or who expect to be away from the Internet for an extended period of time.

Google has partly closed the gap with its YouTube Red subscription, which lets you download videos from the site for $10 a month, removes ads, and provides Google Play Music at no added cost. (And conversely, if you subscribe to Google Play Music, YouTube Red is bundled for free.) But that only applies to YouTube. If you dig around, you can find a few add0ons that lets you download embedded videos in Chrome, but they all have varying degrees of sketchiness.

Bottom Line

The most popular browser choice isn't necessarily the best. But despite its issues with RAM usage and limited downloading of embedded videos, Chrome earns its No. 1 spot with smooth page loading, lots of add-on support, and forward-looking features like casting and voice search.

 
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4 stars

"Good but not as good as Opera"

November 23, 2016  |  By greenpotatos

2016-11-23 08:00:02  |  By greenpotatos

 |  Version: Google Chrome 54.0.2840.99

Pros

easy to use and very intuitive

Cons

resource heavy and slow at times, ranking it #2 after Opera

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4 stars

"Good browser but.."

September 20, 2016  |  By adinardo

2016-09-20 12:35:57  |  By adinardo

 |  Version: Google Chrome 53.0.2785.116

Pros

Chrome has a ton of usefull features and ad-ons which will make your life easy but if you are concerned about your privacy you really need to use other browsers ( TOR being the best IMHO). So the browser itself get 5 stars but it looses points on the privacy front

Cons

privacy concerns

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4 stars

"A good browser, but very resource-heavy"

July 08, 2016  |  By razvan.maha

2016-07-08 05:20:00  |  By razvan.maha

 |  Version: Google Chrome 51.0.2704.106

Pros

It is a really good browser that performs optimally in most cases.

Cons

It is very resource heavy.

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4 stars

"The best version"

June 17, 2016  |  By userdown159

2016-06-17 03:32:26  |  By userdown159

 |  Version: Google Chrome 51.0.2704.84

Pros

Best release

Cons

None can be found

Summary



Updated on Jun 17, 2016

Best release

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2 stars

"Good Browser but no support!"

June 03, 2016  |  By fuzmorten

2016-06-03 10:39:00  |  By fuzmorten

 |  Version: Google Chrome 51.0.2704.79

Pros

Free, works most of the time

Cons

NO SUPPORT! Alphabet make billions off Chrome and have no dedicated support. They do not respond to obvious problems and in many cases if it doesn't effect Android it isn't a problem. Since before 2011 they have had problem and even given it a designation BUG V.32 or BUG V.33 in Chromium and Chrome otherwise known as the "Kill Page Error". The volunteers try to fault your computer when they know it is an internal problem. Occasionally you will get a real tech respond but it is just an empty promise to fix it soon.

Summary

2 STARs for lack of SUPPORT. If you like fixing their mistakes its a wonderful browser I personally have better things to do!

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4 stars

"This is a great product"

May 12, 2016  |  By cbsitesting13451

2016-05-12 10:00:52  |  By cbsitesting13451

 |  Version: Google Chrome 50.0.2661.102

Pros

This is a great product

Cons

This is a great product

Summary

This is a great product

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5 stars

"Luv Google Chrome"

April 12, 2016  |  By lucycat2eyes

2016-04-12 09:43:08  |  By lucycat2eyes

 |  Version: Google Chrome 49.0.2623.112

Pros

Never had a major problem with Google Chrome, been a user of Google Chrome ever since it first came out, in the earlier version sure there was some minor bugs, however all of those has been fixed since then and Google Chrome Browser been running smooth ever since.

Cons

None that I ever ran into recently.

Summary

I guess one can say I am a googler fan.

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5 stars

"fast! Love it"

March 10, 2016  |  By monicabelli

2016-03-10 01:56:54  |  By monicabelli

 |  Version: Google Chrome 49.0.2623.87

Pros

I use it every day. It is fast!

Cons

none. It is the best

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3 stars

"This browser is ok"

February 15, 2016  |  By Fourbarrel Carb

2016-02-15 10:25:48  |  By Fourbarrel Carb

 |  Version: Google Chrome 48.0.2564.109

Pros

Plugins are updated automatically

Cons

settings are not easy to navigate

Summary

This should be removed from the Windows Vista compatibility list as they are no longer supporting Vista in the very near future.

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1 stars

"A piece of crap"

January 23, 2016  |  By gtitus09

2016-01-23 10:28:25  |  By gtitus09

 |  Version: Google Chrome 48.0.2564.82

Pros

I can't think of any.

Cons

Slow. Doesn't do what other browsers do and a host of other problems.

Summary

I don't see how this can be listed as a great browser. It says it's lightweight. That's a joke to be sure! It uses up so much of my system resources. Furthermore some of the games on Facebook will not load at all. And now it just started doing this. It will not open full screen when presented with the option for a game in Facebook. It was working fine since I installed it and now it's not opening full screen. I have no problems with Firefox and games except that it too uses up resources and I cannot use Firefox for games, but it tries at least to open them.

Finally I cannot STAND that information bar that comes up EVERY single time I open the browser saying Google updates will no longer be applied to this computer as support is ending for Windows XP and Widows Vista. There is no way to turn it off. You have to manually x it out or refresh the browser! WHY must a user have to do this every single fricking time? You can keep this browser Google. It's garbage.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 55.0.2883.75
This update includes 36 security fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date December 01, 2016
Date Added December 02, 2016
Version 55.0.2883.75
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name External File
Popularity
Total Downloads 27,827,948
Downloads Last Week 31,427
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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