Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3091 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    27.0.1453.116
  • Total Downloads:
    25,508,521
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 19, 2013
  • 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 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.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"absolute crap doesn't work and if it does 30 mins"

July 08, 2013  |  By jaymans

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

none sucks bad

Cons

worse browsers out there worst I've ever used anyways

Summary

Palemoons best browsers on the market peeps and out there nothing even remotely comes close puts all including crap **** chrome to absolute shame :) :) get it use it won't regret it schwabies APPROVED lol

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5 stars

"My favorite browser"

July 07, 2013  |  By mapledress

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

Clean design.
Fast and safe. My favorite.
Much better than IE, Firefox

Cons

It crashes sometimes

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1 stars

"Worst browser on the planet"

July 06, 2013  |  By Old-Navy

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

None that I can think of.

Cons

I downloaded the first Chrome and found it to be a POS. I have downloaded and installed the latest version of Chrome and I still find it to be a POS. I guess it might be good IF you know the exact title of the web site you want, otherwise it is completely useless!

Summary

If you want to get a good browser that YOU can control stay a long, long way from Chrome!!!

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4 stars

"GOOGLE CHROME NICE!"

July 04, 2013  |  By djblouisiana

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

CHROME UPDATE SEEMS FASTER AND CLEANER THEN OLDER GOOGLE BROWSER.

Cons

NONE AT THIS TIME!

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2 stars

"Fast and simple"

July 03, 2013  |  By fhansson999

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

Fast browsing but not that much anymore
Simple user interface with themes
Inbuilt translation

Cons

Takes a lot of memory
Crasches from time to time
Flash video is slow and buggy
No menubar in fullscreen mode??
Some weird interface things to keep it simple

Summary

A used this browser for a while and I thought it was okay at a start. It is fast in browsing and loading sites. User interface is simplistic and looks nice. Translation and spelling works very good.

However, after a while a started dislike it and going back to IE10. Watching youtube clips is NOT fast and eats memory a lot! Don't know but watching 1080p without lagging is not possible but in IE10 it works fine and takes just 60% CPU.

When I look in task manager there is many instances of the application running so I guess multithreading is not possible.

When browsing in fullscreen mode there is no menubar present, what an idiotic thing to "minimalize"!

It is not very stable and sometimes it crasches without warning. I think this is not a very good browser unless you really want speed before anything else. Firefox is almost as fast and IE10 is improved wastly in recent versions so the gap is not very big anymore.

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5 stars

"A great browser"

July 01, 2013  |  By maniopas

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

Fast
Reliable (no crushes)
Lightweight
Great add-ons available (also, good management of add-ons with just an icon)

Cons

None I can think of

Summary

Great browser with clear minimalistic interfaces and sufficient capabilities. It gets the work done fast and easily.

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5 stars

"fast and good design"

June 28, 2013  |  By Farfetch26

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

google chrome's design is not stressful for heavy internet users like me.

Cons

dunno but sometimes it really crashes.

Summary

overall its still the best browser for me but i havent found the 'perfect' browser just yet

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4 stars

"Much faster and more comprehensive program"

June 28, 2013  |  By onedesertrat

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

This is much faster than Internet Explorer and includes many extra features.

Cons

As a novice computer user, I'm still having trouble figuring out how to use some of the features. For example: The FAQ says to click on "under the hood" to adjust the privacy settings. HOWEVER, there is no such tab to click on.

Summary

I like Google Chrome but have kept my Internet Explorer as secondary because it is easier to use when looking at my C Drive programs.

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4 stars

"no menu bar like ie"

June 27, 2013  |  By griffragy13626

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

really fast

Cons

would be better with menu bar and one know how to get it to come up?

Summary



Updated on Jun 29, 2013

does anyone know how to get the menu bar to come up on chrome?????

Updated on Jul 7, 2013

does anyone know why it runs so many chrome.exe files, seems to me it runs 2-3 for each tab you have open, also mo menu bar.

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4 stars

"mozilla is better"

June 27, 2013  |  By Windows78

 |  Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.116

Pros

-Fast loading
-Cool add-ons and features

Cons

-Crash sometimes
-Take a lot of space what i hate

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What's new in version 27.0.1453.116
Version 27.0.1453.116 has included security fixes and fixed issue where multiple flash movies on one page were not playing.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date June 18, 2013
Date Added June 19, 2013
Version 27.0.1453.116
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
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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