Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 3086 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    31.0.1650.63
  • Total Downloads:
    25,364,213
  • Date Added:
    December 05, 2013
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    14,855
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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

Pros

Minimal UI: Chrome's overall UI has remained stable since version 1.0: a minimal two-row window with tabs resting above the address bar (Omnibox), three browser controls (Back, Forward, Stop/Reload), a star-shaped toggle for bookmarking, and a settings icon. As you install extensions, active icons appear to the right of the address bar; but beyond that, Google has strict restrictions on adding visible add-ons. That means no toolbars or any undesired overlays, which used to be standard practice. Chrome is minimal for a reason: to maintain a clean browsing experience with maximum screen space for websites. A new Immersive mode hides UI elements to create a full-screen experience without distractions.

Incognito mode: Incognito is Chrome's response to Mozilla's Private Browsing feature. Incognito opens a new window that disables history recording and tracking cookies, and reduces the amount of traceable breadcrumbs. Contrary to popular belief, this does not mean you are free to act unethically, as your ISP still tracks your activity. Chrome version 36 improves upon Incognito mode's design, which features cleaner pop-up notifications and alerts when the browser encounters a crash.

Dev tools: Under the hood, Chrome has some awesome features that make it developer friendly: hardware acceleration for rendering 3D CSS effects; Google's own NaCl (Native Client), which allows secure execution of C and C++ codes within the browser; and an in-house JavaScript engine that improves load times with every release. The Inspect Element tool lays out a website's Document Object Model intuitively for those who want to understand how a site's objects are interacting in HTML and CSS.

Cons

Internet Explorer: If you run an older computer, you may have to use Internet Explorer's insecure browser to get Chrome. Try not to stay in those waters for too long.

Bottom Line

Google has regularly set the standard for speed, stability, and security, so it's no surprise that Chrome's market share continues to rise, especially when combined with its mobile cousin on Android. Google's Internet browser is for casual user and developer alike.

Note: Review updated 7/18/2014.

 
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  • Current Version

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4 stars

"Love this update!"

January 11, 2014  |  By kathebarnes

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

Top on my list is the knowledge that the security is back up. I use Chrome all the time. Was concerned when the warnings popped up, but they handled it immediately . Also appreciate that the features I use the most haven't changed, as some updates include considerable changes that may be better, but I often don't have time to assimilate to new surroundings! Thanks Chrome!

Cons

None that I have found, but did hope that my bookmarked favorites would transfer. Seems I have to do that again. Not bad, just time consuming.

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2 stars

"What's wrong with Google?????"

January 09, 2014  |  By Kuhscheiss

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

It is faster than the rest of my browsers. Unfortunately faster at getting nowhere.

Cons

A simple interface. Meaning it can't do much. It can't even store a new bookmark. It doesn't really crash, just hems and haws and scratches its butt. What used to take 1 or 2 clicks now takes 2, 3, or 4. Most of the convenient identifiable icons have been replaced by Google's own botched up idea of what a browser should look like. They should stay sober for these innovations. Like those idiots at MS, they think they are God's gift to the networld and the user who doesn't appreciate their genius is too stupid to surf the net anyway. Ergonomics was pushed by our military to counteract the prima donna engineers who designed equipment which was just as likely to obliterate us as the enemy. As usual, a whole new crop of ergonomical
(rhymes with comical ) illiterates has sprung up and Google wants to be the leader it would seem.

Summary

Get your heads out of your butt Google. When you came on the scene, you had a really hot product which was a marvel of effectiveness. Now you seem to be content to bask in the light of dying embers. KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. There are people like Rickover who have a vision of what's needed and what will do the job, and they hang in there, despite the opposition of myopic critics, until it's completed. I used to think you were in that category but obviously not all of Google. Did you assign this job to the drones to keep the bright ones focused on innovation? Look behind you and try to figure out what went wrong,

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1 stars

"Worst most counter intuitive thing I've ever used"

January 06, 2014  |  By snk_10

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

Absolutely nothing.

Cons

No customization aside from color/ image options
Omnibox is terrible
Instant search feature is terrible
Lack of all but the most basic of settings
Absolutely no way to customize the layout of buttons
No way to add buttons except reload and home

Summary

This is the worst browser I have ever used. Everything about it seems counter intuitive and annoying. The lack of customization means that you cannot set the button layout or any of the layout to your preferences.

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1 stars

"Roadkill! Very slow and unresponsive!"

January 06, 2014  |  By Not-My-Problem

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

-Load webpages a tab bit faster than other browsers.
-Syncs your bookmarks and history.
-Easy to use.

Cons

-Resource hogging.
-Very glitchy.
-Sometimes very slow.
-Stops responding a lot.
-Takes fifty years to start.
-Horrible on Windows XP.

Summary

Booo! This is the worst browser ever. It is slow, crashes, has many problems, and feels unfinished. Very bad software!

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3 stars

"Using a lot of resources"

December 30, 2013  |  By Simonna2

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

A lot of useful extensions,nice looking,simple to use

Cons

Using a lot of computer resources.After a while of using it it's getting slow.

Summary

It's great browser, with a lot of useful extensions but Google should work more to adapt it for older computers.

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1 stars

"WOW GARBAGE"

December 29, 2013  |  By Dude37

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

Free... Get what you pay for, but seriously???

Cons

Slugs are faster
Won't even let me log into ESPN!!!

Summary

I wanted to ditch Fire for this, but I had to go back to Fire just to type this up... This site took 10 plus minutes to NOT load with Chrome... I would pay for something that WORKS

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1 stars

"Rubbish Browser."

December 28, 2013  |  By paulnvfc

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

None at all.

Cons

I allways get Google chrome not responding and if I dont get that it takes ages to load some web pages.This browser isn't a patch on Internet Explorer 11.

Summary

I have tried this browser before and it allways crashes or freezes,it is rubbish.

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5 stars

"Fastest Web Browser even in Incognito Mode."

December 26, 2013  |  By neilgonzales10

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

Super fast web browser. Even i were in incognito mode, no problems.

Cons

No problems.

Summary

Much better then my previous version of Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer 10.

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1 stars

"last revision crashes to SafeMode on every start up!"

December 22, 2013  |  By DownloadWatchList

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

When it works, its great except for the UNWANTED Google Drive which does NOT de-install as suggested by Gooogle without screwing all your data bases!

Cons

Not sure what's going on with download.app lately, reminds you of already loaded software as IF they're outdated! Last revision of Google came with a problem I've been unable to get rid of and I can't get at my GMail now. The last revision crashes to SafeMode on every start up!

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1 stars

"Has to many glitches and crashes all the time :-("

December 17, 2013  |  By Teannadasher

 |  Version: Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63

Pros

I love the incognito feature so I could look up important info with worrying about someone in my business.

Cons

As soon as I would launch it would pop a screen up that saying Google Chrome is not responding. I could never get my work done because of this.

Summary

Going back to Internet Explorer of Fire Fox 'til the problems with Google Chrome get fixed.

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What's new in version 31.0.1650.63
This update includes 15 security fixes.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date December 04, 2013
Date Added December 05, 2013
Version 31.0.1650.63
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8
Additional Requirements None
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File Size Not Available
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,364,213
Downloads Last Week 14,855
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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