Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    7.0.517.41
  • Total Downloads:
    25,508,521
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 19, 2010
  • 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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The bottom line: Google Chrome 7 is not only stable to use, but comes with a full range of competitive features. It lacks some of the fine-tuning customizations in Firefox, but overall users browsing with Chrome will find it a pleasant, fast, and standards-compliant experience.

Review: Now into its second year, Google Chrome has begun to mature from a lightweight and fast browsing alternative into an innovative browser on the precipice of a potential browsing revolution with the pending ChromeOS. The browser that people can use today, Chrome 7, offers highly competitive features including synchronization, autofill, and and maintains Google's reputation for building one of the fastest browsers available.

Chrome 7 represents a major milestone point for the browser, but users who are familiar with seeing dramatic changes in major-point updates will be disappointed. New features are thin, with only a new interface for cookie management offering anything in the way of a visual change. Other improvements include an update to the HTML5 parser and the arrival of the HTML5 file API. This allows Web-based content to read the content of local files. Chrome 7 can also upload complete directories.

Please note that there are at least four versions of Chrome available at the moment, and this review only addresses the "stable" branch, intended for general use. Chrome beta, dev, and Canary are respectively progressively less stable versions of the browser, and aimed at developers.

Installation:

Chrome's installation process is simple and straightforward. If you download from Google's Web site, it will ask you if you'd like to anonymous submit usage statistics to the company. This can be toggled even after the browser's installed by going to the "Wrench" preferences menu, choosing Options, then Under the Hood, and unchecking Help Make Chrome Better. Depending on your processor, the installation process should take less than two minutes.

Interface:

Google's Chrome interface has changed remarkably little since its surprise debut in September 2008. Tabs are still on top, the location bar--which Google likes to call the "Omnibar"--dominates the minimalist design, and the browser has few visible control buttons besides Back, Forward, and a combined Stop/Reload button. Although some users may not like the tabs on top, we find it to be aesthetically preferable because it leaves more room below for the Web site we're looking at.

One change has been to remove the secondary Page options button, and combine it with the preferences Wrench to create space for extension icons to the right of the location bar. As it currently looks, it could be better organized. Some controls, such as page zoom, are readily available. Others, such as the extension manager, are hidden away under a Tools sub-menu.

Chrome's extensions are fairly limited in how they can alter the browser's interface. Unlike Firefox, which gives add-on makers a lot of leeway to change the browser's look, Chrome mandates that extensions appear only as icons to the right of the location bar. The benefit maintains a uniform look in the browser, but it definitely limits how much the browser can be customized. Versions 6 and 7 of Chrome don't support sidebars, either, although other Chromium-based browsers (such as the Flock 3 beta) do offer the feature.

Even with its limitations, the interface design has remained a contemporary exemplar of how to minimize the browser's screen footprint while remaining easy-to-use and versatile.

Features and Support:

Chrome 7's features are accessible from the preferences menu, and the browser offers a complete range of modern browsing conveniences. The basics are well-represented, including tabbed browsing, new window creation, and a private browsing mode that Google calls "Incognito" which disables cookies tracking, history recording, extension support and other browsing breadcrumbs.

Chrome is based on WebKit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari, Google's Android mobile platform, and several other desktop and mobile Web-browsing tools. Chrome runs on a different JavaScript engine than its WebKit cousins, and there are other changes, as well.

Chrome's tabs remain one of the best things about the browser. 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 clicking, holding, dragging, and releasing. Not only can tabs be isolated, but each tab actually exists in its own task process. This means that when one site crashes, the other tabs do not. While memory leaks are a major concern in Chrome when you have dozens of tabs open, sluggish behavior and other impediments weren't noticeable until after there were more than 30 tabs open. That's not an immutable number, though, and a computer's hardware will alter browser performance.

Some of the basics in Chrome are handled extremely intuitively. In-page searching works smoothly. Using the CTRL + F hot key or the menu option, searching for a word or phrase will open a text entry box on the top right of the browser. It searches as you type, indicating the number of positives results and highlighting them on the page.

Account syncing is another area where Chrome excels. Using your Gmail account, Chrome will sync your themes, preferences, autofill entries, extensions, and bookmarks. You can toggle each of those categories, too. It does not yet offer password syncing, although the password manager offers a smart show password option that keeps it visually separate from the site that it's associated to.

Chrome also contains a lot of privacy-tweaking settings. In the Options menu, go to the Under the Hood tab. From here, users can toggle and customize most of the browser's privacy and security settings. Cookies, image management, JavaScript, plug-ins, pop-ups, location information, and notifications can be adjusted from the Content Settings button. This includes toggling specific plug-ins, such as the built-in Adobe Flash plug-in or the Chrome PDF reader (which is deactivated by default.)

Like Firefox, Chrome gives users broad control over search engines and setting search customizations. While this doesn't sound like much, not all browsers allow you to set keyword shortcuts for searching, and some even restrict which search engine you can set as your default. Chrome comes with three defaults to choose from: Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

The Chrome extension manager, bookmark manager, and download manager all open in new tabs. They allow you to search their contents and throw in some basic management options like deletion, but in general none feel as robust as their counterparts in competing browsers. For example, URLs in the bookmark manager are only revealed when you mouse over a bookmark, and you must click on one to get the URL to permanently appear. That's an extra click that other browsers don't require of you.

Two other low-profile but well-executed features in Chrome include auto-updating and translation. Chrome automatically updates when a new version comes out. This makes it harder to revert back to an older version, but it's highly unlikely that you'll want to downgrade this build of Chrome since this is the stable build and not the beta or developer's version. The second feature, automatic translation of Web pages, is available to other browsers as a Google add-on, but because it comes from Google it's baked directly into Chrome.

Chrome is also a leader in HTML5 implementation, which is uneven because of the continuing development of HMTL5 standards. This will become more important in the coming months and years, but for right now it doesn't massively affect a user's interaction with Web sites.

In the realm of security, besides allowing users to disable JavaScript, Chrome will autoblock Web sites that are known as unsafe or for promulgating phishing attacks and malware threats. This depends on Google's ability to flag Web sites as risky, though, and so it's recommended to use a network like the Web of Trust extension or a separate security program to block threats.

Performance:

Based on the open-source WebKit engine and Google's V8 JavaScript engine, Google Chrome debuted to much fanfare because of its rocketing rendering speeds. Two years down the line, that hasn't changed, and the stable version of Chrome remains one of the fastest stable browsers available. The less-stable versions, with their more recent improvements and bug-fixes, are even faster.

CNET benchmarks will be added here shortly, but Google claims that Chrome 6's JavaScript rendering is 10 times faster than when Chrome was first released in 2008. Historically, Chrome has been one of the fastest browsers available across multiple benchmarks, and that's not expected to change in version 6 or 7.

Conclusion:

Where Chrome 5 was the first version of the browser that felt fully baked, Chrome 6 began to add serious features to that foundation while improving usability. Chrome 7 in terms of new features, Chrome 7 feels more like a minor-point update. Still, it's a ready-to-go browser that offers top-of-the-line speed, a clean, minimalist look, and competitive features that justify its still-increasing market share. It does have minor problems, but 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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4 stars

"I Love Google Chrome"

November 29, 2010  |  By LilMissTechie

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

Very clean.

Cons

Not compatible with all websites.

Summary

I used Firefox for years and loved it. For some reason one day I started having problems with Firefox not loading web pages. It was acting like I wasn't hooked up to the internet. After restarting my computer a few times I gave Google Chrome a try and fell in love. Now I only use Firefox to check my bank info online because the bank's webpage is not compatible with Chrome.

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3 stars

"downloading?"

November 03, 2010  |  By gigit_c

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

New updates are suppose to be better

Cons

But, if I need to deal with new problems, that's a problem

Summary

I haven't downloaded 7.0517.41 yet, but I just read about a Pin problem after downloading it and I can't afford to have any complications with my browser because I'm not hipped to the new technologies? So, I'll wait to see what happens in the weeks to come.

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5 stars

"Amazing Product!"

November 03, 2010  |  By Ryanjh29

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

I love the light-weight feel of it and the minimalist look is great. I hate cluttered browsers. Google keeps making a great browser! I've tried all the other major browsers but this one is what i come back to.

Cons

I've been using this browser for 2 years and i have no complaints.

Summary

An amazingly light-weight uncluttered browser with most of the functionality of Firefox and is smooth and fast.

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4 stars

"Fast browsing"

November 03, 2010  |  By NYC-HDL

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

Very good integration with Google Apps

Cons

searching from address line can be awkward at times

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5 stars

"it is good working"

November 03, 2010  |  By luckyaly98

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

speed of google chrome

Cons

noting is unlikeable

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5 stars

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November 02, 2010  |  By me_rahul55

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

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Cons

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2 stars

"Google works great on 32 bit Windows not 64 bit"

October 31, 2010  |  By AdamWentzell

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

Worked great when I had Windows 7 32 bit installed very fast

Cons

Works like crap after I went to a 64 bit Windows 7 very slow to load at times. Firefox works alot better if you have a 64 bit Windows 7.

Summary

If you have Windows XP or any other 32 bit versions of Windows it works great but not so good if you have a 64 bit Windows.

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5 stars

"The best browser i have ever used"

October 31, 2010  |  By yet_another-user

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

It makes my slow connection seem really really fast. And every thing else too

Cons

It dosen't have too many download features. I like Mozilla's downloader better but i just got a download manager.

Summary

Google Chrome is my favorite browser that I have ever used.

For one thing Google Chrome opens really quickly soooo fast that it's really impressive. And you may have watched that video about it and it really is that fast.
Google Chrome is about 120mb fully installed and is worth all of the memory space it takes up. The only thing that I don't really like about Chrome is that it doesn't have as many features as Mozilla FireFox and it can be hard to use at first. I say this because when you look at the browser when you first download it you will not see any bookmarks button, you actually have to go into the settings by clicking on the wrench in the right hand corner of the screen, in it you can find a option to turn on a the bookmarks bar which will show all of your bookmarks. You can also just hit ctrl-shift-b.
When you download a file in Google chrome you get a save as window and that's it, you do not get any information on the file like you would in Mozilla so i thought that was a step down but Chrome does has a download page that shows all the downloads you have gotten.

In conclusion Google Chrome is a very nice browser but it could be better if it had a collection of help videos or a read file or something than it would be easier to switch. But once you do figure every thing out this program is great.

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5 stars

"Best browser ever"

October 29, 2010  |  By barcaloko

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

I like how neat it looks( I am using D&G skin). It saves vertical space, comparing to other browsers.

Cons

Nothing to complain

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3 stars

"I prefer it over Internet Explorer for speed and looks."

October 26, 2010  |  By seventeen48

 |  Version: Google Chrome 7.0.517.41

Pros

Fast and easy to use. Quality program.

Cons

will not allow me to copy/paste from any message or site to my word processing program. Not even to WordPad. gives a message that the size is too large even when it's only one letter. I tried that to see. Anyone know how to correct this?

Summary

if someone could figure out how to copy/paste from Chrome, I would appreciate it. I have no trouble with Internet Explorer and usually have to have both running in order to complete my e-mail (recipes, etc.). anyone else have this problem? Otherwise I really like it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 7.0.517.41

    Google Chrome 7.0.517.41 has been released to the stable and beta channels for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Updates from the previous stable release include:

  • Hundreds of bug fixes
  • An updated HTML5 parser
  • File API
  • Directory upload via input tag
  • Security fixes and rewards:

  • Please see the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that the referenced bugs may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix.
  • Medium Possible autofill / autocomplete profile spamming. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Inferno).
  • High Crash with forms. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • Critical Browser crash with form autofill. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • High Possible URL spoofing on page unload. Credit to kuzzcc; plus independent discovery by Jordi Chancel.
  • Low Pop-up block bypass. Credit to kuzzcc.
  • Medium Crash on shutdown with Web Sockets. Credit to the Chromium development community.
  • High Possible memory corruption with animated GIF. Credit to Simon Schaak.
  • High Stale elements in an element map. Credit to Michal Zalewski of the Google Security Team.
  • In addition, we would like to credit Aki Helin of OUSPG and kuzzcc for finding bugs during the development cycle such that they never reached a stable build.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date October 19, 2010
Date Added October 19, 2010
Version 7.0.517.41
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
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File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,508,521
Downloads Last Week 23,876
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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