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Google Chrome

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Chrome is the lightweight flagship browser that originated from an open source project by Google called Chromium and Chromium OS. It is now one of the more widely used browsers thanks to a vast ecosystem of extensions and add-ons, a robust Javascript engine, and a rapid-release development cycle that keeps it on the competitive end of the curve.

Installation

Chrome's installation process is both straight-forward and self-sustaining. After downloading the installer, Chrome's installation process will launch with the standard practices of confirming system directories and a few click throughs. Google will also ask for your permission to anonymously collect usage stats, which can be opted out of.

The self sustenance comes from 'channels' ; Once you install the Chrome browser, Google will automatically roll out updates silently in the background and keep your software updated with the latest versions.

Interface

Chrome's overall UI has remained stable since version 1.0: a minimal two row window with tabs resting above the address bar (Omnibox), 3 browser controls (Back, Forward, Stop/Reload), a star-shaped toggle for bookmarking, and settings icon. Users coming from older browsers might have to get used to not having a dedicated File menu layout but we found ourselves getting quickly adjusted.

As you install extensions, active icons will appear to the right of the address bar, but beyond that Google maintains strict restrictions on adding visible add-ons. That means no toolbars or any undesired overlays, which at one point was a widespread standard practice. Despite the limited customiseable options, Chrome is minimalist for a reason, and that results in a clean browsing experience with maximum use of screen estate for websites.

Features and Support

In addition to tabbed browsing, Chrome can be used as simply or as complex as you want, thanks to an impressive number of built-in tools, modes, hotkey functions, and more.

One popular feature is, of course, Incognito mode: Chrome's response to Mozilla's Private Browsing feature. Incognito opens a new window that disables history recording, tracking cookies, and reduces the amount of traceable breadcrumbs from your usage. Contrary to popular belief, it does not mean you can freely browse the web for illegal use as your ISP can still see your traffic activity... so stay out of trouble.

Under the hood, Chrome has some awesome features that make it very developer friendly: hardware acceleration for rendering 3D CSS effects, Google's own NaCl (Native Client) that allows secure execution of C and C++ codes within the browser, and an in house JavaScript engine that improves load times with every release.

Pressing F12 will open a dev console that allows you to view web code and quickly identify elements simply by highlighting the mouse over each line. You can also add your own HTML and CSS codes to render a page with custom styling.

Chrome also allows Google users to sync their accounts, which comes with added benefits like restoring saved bookmarks and extensions in the cloud no matter what device you're on.

Performance

Chrome is fast. Really fast. As of version 27, Chrome is powered by Google's own V8 JavaScript engine that renders pages at speeds that have been setting a standard for modern browsers. In addition, Google has been on the forefront of implementing best practices for HTML5 standards and though it's also currently running the widely used open-source Webkit engine, Google has also announced plans to move to Blink in the near future.

Wrap up

Google has relentlessly set the standard for speed, stability and security and Chrome's numerous version updates, as many as there are, have continued to complement its minimalist friendly design. It's no surprise that its market share continues to rise, especially when combined with its mobile cousin on Android. Regardless of who's faster, whether its user adoption or Chrome's own development team, Google's internet browser is one for the masses: casual user and developer alike.

More than just speed in Chrome:

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Many purpose browser."

    June 4, 2013  |   By FriskyKid

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Gets everything.

    Cons

    Somewhat slow to load, especially with many pages to open.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "worst browsers on the market"

    June 4, 2013  |   By jaymans

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    none damn thing quits and doesn't work lol

    Cons

    worst browsers out there many are better!!!!

    Summary

    Like how people love chrome and anything google worse crap anyone can have it gave me virus once and read numerous reports it's malware infested best anyone can do is block it stay away from it and outright avoid it trust me it's absolute CRAP !!!!!

    Updated on Jun 4, 2013

    Best browsers on the markets Palemoons FIREFOX nothing compares trust me!!!!!!

    Updated on Jun 4, 2013

    absolute garbage wanted to let all know how crappy it really is lol

    Updated on Jun 4, 2013

    oh yeah you know it's garbage when your computer refuses it or doesn't like it lol trust me stay away from this garbage and if you don't guaranteed you have a virus or malware!!!! Almost impossible not too ENJOY !!!! I'll stay with the best palemoons thank you!!!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very fast and works well for me."

    June 3, 2013  |   By wdennissorrell

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Fast, simple ( I have been using chrome since its inception), has a couple of exclusive options

    Cons

    Some websites are not as cooperative with chrome as they are with IE.

    Summary

    It works well for me and it is fast, I never have the problems that I had with IE and Firefox.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "7/10 because it has glitches"

    June 3, 2013  |   By DavenSmith

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    fast and easy to use and very minimalistic

    Cons

    Lots of glitches and some other useless things!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "IE seems BETTER to play on FB than Chrome"

    May 31, 2013  |   By aloneinelcajon

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Chrome better for MOST things, PHOTO ZOOM on FACEBOOK, et..
    Works pretty good with Windows-7, Windows XP was better for this.

    Cons

    IE BETTER for playing WORDS WITH FRIENDS, on FACEBOOK.
    Chrome NEVER loads the page to play, which I X-out of.

    Summary

    I get REALLY ticked off when I can NOT play my games with my kids or grandkids and have to SWITCH between browsers and back to IE!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This seems to be an improvement over previous versions."

    May 30, 2013  |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    This seems to be a massive improvement over previous versions, but it's still got rough edges and I really haven't had the time to investigate it at all thoroughly.

    CNET - never ask for a review until three weeks (at the minimum) has passed since downloading. I haven't even gotten around to looking at two other programs that you asked me to review.

    Cons

    Too early to tell. No opinion

    Summary

    I like what I've seen but with a massive program such as this it simply takes time to poke around and I've only looked at if for about two hours. I'm giving it five stars without really being qualified yet to give an opinion. So far it looks great, but who knows what's lurking around the corner?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "No easy way to disable auto updates. Not for me."

    May 29, 2013  |   By dbmalya

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Fast and looks good

    Cons

    cannot disable auto updates, without performing a registry edit.
    a service named "google update" almost continuously runs in the background. i understand that auto-update is a good thing, but that doesn't mean google will not let me disable it. i don't like spoon-feeding. It's MY computer, I paid for it, google did not give it to me for free, and i want complete control over my computer.
    it's NOT for me. And i wonder how come so many fanboys think taking control away from the user is a good thing. You can disable auto updates for everything, even windows updates and antivirus updates (not saying you do that, but Microsoft and Avast let's me decide what i want to do--they don't act smart and think i am an idiot who doesn't know what's good for me) so why should google be an exception? If you don't give me complete control over something i install in my PERSONAL computer, then you can S my D and get lost.

    Summary

    Don't install this. It will randomly phone home and not give you an easy option to disable this behavior. Firefox is better i would say. It's good for my grandmother who doesn't know much about computers and might make things worse by mis-configuring critical settings, but if you know what you are doing, stay away from this. Why would you do a registry hack for something so basic? Another reason to stay away from everything google, including android.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Chrome is Better than IE"

    May 27, 2013  |   By pauly1651

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Chrome is better than IE, there less hang ups and crashes. The Interface is easy to work with.

    Cons

    Still glitchie, and hangs at times. Sometimes can move slow, however, not as slow as IE

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Always loved Google Chrome"

    May 26, 2013  |   By tcpo15

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Fast
    Simple

    Cons

    Switching between tabs is a pain
    Navigating settings is a pain

    Summary

    Google Chrome is awesome. But I'd like to see more features like sharing bookmarks across chrome etc.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Why did I not use this from the start!!"

    May 26, 2013  |   By Sylow2

    Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94

    Pros

    Fast ,easy to use once you have found your way around.

    Cons

    Same as Pros.

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