Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3080 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0.154.53
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
March 25, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
25,273,001
Downloads Last Week:
33,650
Product ranking:
#2 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Chrome is Google's attempt to make the browser disappear and to focus on the applications and pages users are viewing, rather than on the border with its tools. Some of Chrome's basic underpinnings are quite novel, but people will recognize other features as they exist in other, open-source browsers on the market today.

Currently only for Windows, Chrome is blazingly fast and is easily the quickest browser available. Based on Webkit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari and Google's Android mobile platform, Chrome's interface is a drastic departure from other browsers. Instead of the traditional toolbar, Chrome puts its tabs on top. Moreover, the tabs are detachable: "tabs" and "windows" are interchangeable here. Detached tabs can be dragged and dropped into the browser, and tabs can be rearranged at any time. By isolating each tab's processes, when one site crashes, the browser does not.

Within each tab are individual controls, such as forward and back buttons. The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox." The Omnibox includes not only suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history, it also includes search suggestions from your search engine, and remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that allows you to create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail or Calendar. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history recording cookies.

Chrome lacks plug-ins, and there's the potential for high memory usage given that each tab is its own process. If you're addicted to Web apps and a need for speed, though, Chrome just might be the shine your browsing experience has been looking for.

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  • All Versions:

    3.7

    out of 3080 votes

    • 5 star: 1195
    • 4 star: 789
    • 3 star: 441
    • 2 star: 249
    • 1 star: 406
  • Current Version:

    3.7

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 10
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 3 stars

    "Average browser, popular because of the owner"

    September 06, 2014   |   By LLI-JBS

    Version: Google Chrome 37.0.2062.103

    Pros

    - Clean user interface.
    - Easy to use for normal users.
    - Automatic updating.
    - Google integration.
    - Great HTML5 support.
    - Good Dev Tools.
    - Sync.
    - Built-in Flash.

    Cons

    - Quite slow on all my computers.
    - Concerned about privacy (Google is a known tracker).
    - Not very friendly UI for power users.
    - Poor customization features.
    - Large (about 250 MB of hard disk).
    - Some webpages are broken in Chrome.
    - Doesn't work at all at poor Internet connection.
    - Extensions are not as useful as in Firefox.

    Summary

    It's not a bad browser, but there are much better browsers. Many users say it's great; it's probably just because of the owner (Google) and its power in Internet world. If you're not a power user and you love Google, you'll probably like Chrome. But if you want to have a really good browser, I recommend Firefox.

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