Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3091 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.172.40
  • Total Downloads:
    25,508,521
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 31, 2009
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23,876
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Web Browsers

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 104 votes

    • 5 star 27
    • 4 star 49
    • 3 star 16
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    3.7

    out of 3091 votes

    • 5 star 1197
    • 4 star 791
    • 3 star 443
    • 2 star 249
    • 1 star 411
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4 stars

"clean easy and simple"

September 02, 2009  |  By d1ann3

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

takes up small amount of space leaving screen free and not clutted

Cons

blue is not the best colour as it can look a bit cold

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4 stars

"Seems to outproform IE Search by twice the speed!"

August 29, 2009  |  By 1iceman23

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

super fast searchs

Cons

so far none apparent, but time may tell.

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5 stars

"very good product"

August 25, 2009  |  By calabres

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

very good product

Cons

very good product

Summary

very good product

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4 stars

"it's fast and does everything I need"

August 24, 2009  |  By olit

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

speed and reliability

Cons

For my purposes no cons at this time

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4 stars

"VERY fast, but not enough functions"

August 24, 2009  |  By isleepalldayy

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

Very fast, loads pages more quickly than firefox, loads quickly when you first open Chrome.

Cons

It does not work well with Facebook and crashes when tryin to load a facebook app such as Farmtown. Also, WHY didnt google allow google toolbar to be used with Chrome.

Summary

I will not use it until it works fully with Facebook and has Google Toolbar!

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5 stars

"Getting better and better."

August 24, 2009  |  By xinnianhao

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

It's fast and it's clean.

Cons

Not many extensions yet.

Summary

I gave it five stars because Google Chrome has shown a lot of improve since I got it in beta last September. It has become much faster and now it's beginning to get extensions. I'm sure in a few months it will officially support extensions. Then Chrome can really compete with firefox.

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5 stars

"The fastest browser around"

August 24, 2009  |  By yngjoh

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

Its lightning fast, both starting up and when browsing. It uses much less resources than the other browsers, FireFox ending up last with regards both to speed and resource consumtion

Cons

Very little plug-in support. It runs Flash, and that's about it. No fancy-schmanzy plug-ins like GreaseMonkey and hip download managers as in FireFox

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4 stars

"Everyone Else - Please Support Chrome!"

August 24, 2009  |  By robinmbowen

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

Love it. And I always have at least 10 tabs open, and sometimes many more.

Cons

I wish that everything was compatible with Chrome. I have to use at least two browsers for everything to work, though.

Summary

It's sleek, simple, lightening fast, intuitive, and works like a charm. I've never had any problems. I certainly hope that it becomes a mainstream browser soon!

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3 stars

"Fast loading, easy to use. Lacks some features."

August 23, 2009  |  By zcnetjcz

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

Very fast opening and loading. Easy to use and easy to search for and load web pages.

Cons

No easy send page by email command. Cannot be used with my password program, AI Roboform.

Summary

I use it regularly, but need Firefox and even IE for many sites whose use is constrained by the Chrome;s deficiencies.

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2 stars

"Speed isn't everything."

August 23, 2009  |  By Eggster68

 |  Version: Google Chrome 2.0.172.40

Pros

Small footprint

Cons

Problems w/streaming content - pausing and not buffering correctly.

Summary

It's basic and it generally functions well, but it won't pull me away from SeaMonkey.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date July 31, 2009
Date Added July 31, 2009
Version 2.0.172.40
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,508,521
Downloads Last Week 23,876
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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