CNET Editors' review
InstallationChrome'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.
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.
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.
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:
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier. Use one box for everything--type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and Web pages. Thumbnails of your top sites let you access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab. Desktop shortcuts allow you to launch your favorite Web apps straight from your desktop.
What's new in this version:
- Responsive Images and Unprefixed Web Audio
- Import supervised users onto new computers
- A number of new apps/extension APIs
- A different look for Win8 Metro mode
- Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance
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"Chrome is always more stable than Safari"
Version: Google Chrome 33.0.1750.117
I find Chrome to be a lot more stable than Safari especially, not surprisingly, for Google services which I use a lot of (gmail, youtube, etc...)
I like how Private browser is per browser window rather than for the entire app (like in Safari) as this resets cookie data for websites that are currently opened in browser windows.
Still like the UI of Safari better. Of all the web browsers, Safari just feels more like a Mac app.
"STILL NO 64-BIT VERSION (MAC)"
Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69
Liked it. Has nice feel to it.
Plugins constantly scream that Chrome for mac isn't 64-bit yet. Surprising that with the billions Google has and the amount of time which has passed that they can't create a 64-bit version for MAC.
"Chrome not supporting Java 7.0 on Macs"
Version: Google Chrome 30.0.1599.69
Great browser. It is fast.
Unstable on Macs. Does not support Java 7.0
"I like it so much!"
Version: Google Chrome 29.0.1547.62
It's very helpful for me.
No cons in my opinion.
it's such a good browser.
"Very fast and very simple"
Version: Google Chrome 28.0.1500.71
The speed is faster than other browser, also it is very simple and you can read more contents in a friendly way.Also, you can easily install a add-on at its application store.
When I have some bookmarks on it, it keep cracking.
Chrome is the best browser that I have ever used.But for some experience, it is still need to be improved.
"Good browser, unwanted additions."
Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110
Very fast web page access.
Good use of book marks when it registers them (see below).
There are many programs and applications installed that I don't trust and don't want to use. I spent a good amount of time cleaning out 'added' programs.
I re-installed Chrome, and there were still some add-ons that I don't want, and haven't figured out how to remove.
If this continues, I'm going over to Opera. I've had similar experiences with Mozilla Firefox.
Another point: Chrome did not add a bookmark to my Bookmark Tool Bar after three attempts.
I am very frustrated.
Too many unwanted additions.
"A little bit disappointed"
Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.110
It's relatively fast, solid, and easy to use. It's great to open HTML5 websites (better than Safari).
Chrome is kinda slow on my macbook pro when I use Google search from the address bar. On many occasions, it's just freeze for couple seconds before it displays the search results.
Well I'm not sure if I'm the only one who experiences this laggy performance with Chrome, otherwise it's a solid browser. Many people say it takes a lot of RAM; it's true. But shouldn't really affects your mac if you have 4GB+ memory.
"No good for Mac users - unless you've got lots of RAM"
Version: Google Chrome 24.0.1312.57
Tabs, bookmarks, easy linkage with other stuff.
Chrome renderer sucks up RAM. Tired of my Macbook Pro running hot and having to check my monitor all the time. I'm back to Firefox.
"Crashes all the time...Mac users AVOID"
Version: Google Chrome 27.0.1453.94
Fast...but it crashes all the time so what's the point?
See title. I'm on 10.7.5 and it crashes all the time for no reason. Thought it was Flash but Flash is the latest version.
Apparently Google is doing nothing about this. See thread below: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/8VisL1VI3lg%5B1-25-false%5D
Going back to Firefox.
"It's okay browser"
Version: Google Chrome 26.0.1410.65
It is fast. But that's not a plus point of this browser as there are other browsers available which are equally fast, Safari, iCab and Sleipnir and others. People overtly brag about its speed. Chrome does not even stand close to iCab and Sleipnir when it comes to features.
As everybody knows it logs users matrices. It also intrudes in Safari''s settings. When I installed it and ran for the first time i noticed it collected all Safari's history even though I had turned off import Browser history. It shows its bookmarks in Safari's Bookmarks Collection. Chrome should mind its own business.
All versions 25 and 26 of Chrome show beach balls for sometime. Its a big memory hog when multiple tabs are open.
Have not found anything interesting about this browser.
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