Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3080 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.375.70
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
June 09, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
25,230,375
Downloads Last Week:
34,315
Product ranking:
#2 in Web Browsers
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

In slightly more than a year, Google Chrome has surprised users and critics alike by acquiring a skyrocketing percentage of the browser market share. That attention and heavy usage is not undeserved. Chrome 5 is blazingly fast, more stable than previous versions, and introduces support for extensions, better bookmark syncing and management, browser preference syncing, and further HTML5 innovations.

Based on WebKit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari, Google's Android mobile platform, and several other Web-browsing tools, but with a different JavaScript engine, Chrome's interface remains a drastic departure from other browsers nearly two years after it first debuted. 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 other tabs do not.

The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox," which includes suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history and search suggestions from your search engine. It remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that lets you create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history-recording cookies, and can work with all of your extensions or just the ones you choose.

Unlike previous editions of the browser, version 5 feels fully baked in a way that they didn't. There are still complaints about wonky Web site support, but those tend to be the rare exception, and not the general rule. Minor problems aside, Chrome should be a serious option for anybody who wants a browser that gets out of the way of browsing the Web.

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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:

    4.1

    out of 32 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 1
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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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