Google Chrome: Joining the Browser War?

Google, the popular search engine company have finally released their first web browser, Google Chrome yesterday for free downloading. I was only able to get my hands on a computer for its beta trial last night. While spending a few hours using the browser, I came up with the following list:

Pros:

  • Fast, clean, and simple. Instantly, I tested out the loading speed on several websites with IE7, Firefox 3, and Google Chrome. The result shown that Google Chrome was a bit ahead of Firefox, while IE was having trouble loading (which isn’t surprising for me).
  • Lightweight. Since it is still in its beta stage, it is not fair to compare it to the other browsers that are in their full version. Probably the lack of add-on like Firefox has something to do with it? But I do find it consuming less CPU usage. Another neat thing about it is the Task Manager for the tabs. It shows how much memory it is consuming.
  • A new “address bar”. Which is basically a combination between our usual URL bar and the original search bar. You can just treat it like the Google search bar and it does a normal search for you.

Cons:

  • To be honest, I was a bit confused with the buttons and the position of where everything was. I was lost finding the homepage button and the Link bar. I discovered in the setting option and was needed to be unhidden manually.
  • The browser itself collects your surfing trends, history, and other information. I don’t really like the sound of this, sounds like some profiting scheme to me. However, they do offer a function called “incognito” – where it opens up a new tab/window and anything you do there is private and will not be recorded.
  • It lacks many popular web apps supports, such as RSS. Since this IS a beta version of the browser, I won’t comment much on that “yet”.

These are just a few points I have jot down while using Google Chrome during the few hours. It is a decent browser, even in its beta stage, but there’s lot of room for improvements. Unless it have more features like add-ons, I can’t really see it taking over Firefox as my preferred browser.

For more information on Google Chrome or to obtain a copy of it, you can visit the following link:

http://www.google.com/chrome

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2 responses to “Google Chrome: Joining the Browser War?

  1. Totally agree, except for that hidden button which I think doesn’t make any difference since you can always reach it with a ALT+Home.

    Anyway, I think the RSS feature is a big lack. Hope to see it in next version.

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