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What is Google Chrome? A Beginners Guide in Details

If you are a regular internet user and don’t know what Google Chrome is, then sorry to say, you are not an internet user at all.

Install Google Chrome in your Windows / Mac OS / Android / iOS directly.

Google Chrome is the most used application software in its own category, actually no. 1 application in the category with the market share of approx 68% till March 2020.

So, what is Google Chrome?

Google Chrome is a cross-platform browser (web browser) to access websites over the internet.

Read Also: How to set Google Chrome as a default browser?

Google launched the Chrome browser for Windows OS first time in 2008 and later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.

Google Chrome in 2008

A quick overview

  • Chrome market share is more than 60% [statista].
  • More than 2 billion installations worldwide [techcrunch].
  • Eric Schmidt didn’t want Chrome to be built.
  • The logo of chrome is created from google logo color itself.
  • Facebook” is the most searched word on Chrome.
  • When you open more than 100 tabs, it will show you ?(disappoint) face.

When Google launched Chrome, there were already popular browsers in the market such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Mozilla but chrome got success due to ease of use and it’s simplicity.

Chrome is based on Chromium project and license as proprietary freeware under Google. It means you can download and use free of cost with Google chrome terms of services.

The interesting thing about chrome is, it’s updating. Google updates multiple times in a year to add new features, fixing bugs and many more. Check the major version history here.

A Breakdown of Google Chrome’s Features

1. Customize And Control: Chrome is very flexible when it comes to customization with the help of its extension and at the same time, you will have great control over it.

2. Bookmarks And Settings Synchronisation: Chrome allows users to synchronise their bookmarks, history, and settings across all devices with the browser installed by sending and receiving data through a chosen Google Account, which in turn updates all signed-in instances of Chrome.

3. Speed: Chrome uses JavaScript virtual machine which has features such as dynamic code generation, hidden class transitions, and precise garbage collection.

4. Stability: When you run an application in a single processor architecture, it crash whole application. Chrome uses multi-process architecture where a separate process is allocated to each site instance and plugin and it prevents tasks from interfering with each other, raising security and stability.

5. Privacy: When it comes to your privacy, you really take it very seriously and it has incognito window option where Google doesn’t track anything. It prevents storing any history information, cookies, site data, or form inputs.

6. Chrome Extensions: Without extensions, Google Chrome has limited features. Extensions add much more features and can be customised the way you want, download from chrome extension store.

7. Themes: Chrome has a huge number of themes, thanks to the developers who made it possible. You can set whatever theme you want by downloading from the chrome web store.

8. Compatibility: Are you an Apple product user and don’t have Chrome browser in it. Don’t worry, chrome is a cross platform web browser. It means it can be installed in iOS, Mac OS, Linux (desktop), windows.

9. Automatic web page translation: Starting with Google Chrome 4.1 the application added a built-in translation bar using Google Translate. The translation is currently available for 52 languages. When Chrome detects a foreign language other than the user’s preferred language during the installation time, it asks the user whether or not to translate.


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