Browsers are used almost as much as email, and while we have a few dozen browsers from which to choose, every major tech gadget has a few that are used the most. For Mac it’s Safari, Chrome, then Firefox. For Windows it’s probably Internet Explorer, Chrome, then Firefox.
Here’s a browser that will look instantly familiar but chances are good you’ve never used it.
Chrome’s Brother From The Same Mother
As much as we Apple fanboys and girls love our Macs, iPhones, and iPads– and Safari, the browser of choice for most of us– it’s Google that truly thinks different.
In just a few short years Google’s Chrome browser has topped Firefox in web usage, both Mac and Windows.
Why? It’s free. It’s simple. It’s fast. Flash is built-in, so no need for a plugin. And it syncs nicely with all things Google.
How does that make it different? It comes from Chromium, which is a Google-supported open-source browser project so that anyone who wants to can make their own web browser. For free.
Chromium, in one form or another, is available on Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS. The real question I don’t have an answer for is, ‘Why?‘
It’s not as though we don’t have enough web browsers. It’s not as though one browser is all that much better than another. Hey, all the major browsers are good. We live in the golden age of browsers.
So, why bother with Chromium?
It looks like Google’s Chrome. It works like Google’s Chrome. Even the log in a monochrome of Chrome’s logo. So, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck– it’s a damned duck.
Chromium is billed this way.
Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.
I take that to mean Chromium is free to build so Google can use the efforts of many as the company’s extra browser research and development group. Why? When others develop cool ideas in Chromium, Google can steal them and put them into Chrome.
Otherwise, what’s the point of Chromium? Hardly anyone uses it.