59 Facts About Google Chrome


Google Chrome is a cross-platform web browser developed by Google.

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WebKit was the original rendering engine, but Google eventually forked it to create the Blink engine; all Chrome variants except iOS now use Blink.

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Google Chrome stated that "at the time, Google was a small company", and he did not want to go through "bruising browser wars".

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Online journals and U S newspapers stated at the time that Google was hiring former Microsoft web developers among others.

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Google Chrome subsequently made the comic available on Google Chrome Books, and mentioned it on their official blog along with an explanation for the early release.

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Google Chrome responded to this criticism immediately by stating that the language used was borrowed from other products, and removed this passage from the Terms of Service.

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In early January 2009, CNET reported that Google planned to release versions of Chrome for OS X and Linux in the first half of the year.

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In December 2009, Google released beta versions of Chrome for OS X and Linux.

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Google Chrome was one of the twelve browsers offered on BrowserChoice.

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Google Chrome initially used the WebKit rendering engine to display web pages.

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Google Chrome phased out Gears as the same functionality became available in the HTML5 standards.

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In March 2011, Google Chrome introduced a new simplified logo to replace the previous 3D logo that had been used since the project's inception.

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In May 2017, Google announced a version of Chrome for augmented reality and virtual reality devices.

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One of Google Chrome's differentiating features is the New Tab Page, which can replace the browser home page and is displayed when a new tab is created.

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Google Chrome includes a bookmarks submenu that lists the user's bookmarks, provides easy access to Google Chrome's Bookmark Manager, and allows the user to toggle a bookmarks bar on or off.

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When Google Chrome detects a foreign language other than the user's preferred language set during the installation time, it asks the user whether or not to translate.

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Google Chrome has special URLs that load application-specific pages instead of websites or files on disk.

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Desktop edition of Google Chrome is able to save pages as HTML with assets in a "_files" subfolder, or as unprocessed HTML-only document.

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Google Chrome allows users to make local desktop shortcuts that open web applications in the browser.

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In 2014, Google started preventing some Windows users from installing extensions not hosted on the Chrome Web Store.

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In 2008, several websites performed benchmark tests using the SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark tool as well as Google Chrome's own set of computationally intense benchmarks, which include ray tracing and constraint solving.

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In November 2019, Google Chrome said it was working on several "speed badging" systems that let visitors know why a page is taking time to show up.

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Google Chrome formerly supported a Data Saver feature for making pages load faster called Lite Mode.

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Lite Mode was switched off in Google Chrome 100, citing a decrease in mobile data costs for many countries.

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Google Chrome periodically retrieves updates of two blacklists, and warns users when they attempt to visit a site flagged as potentially harmful.

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In January 2015, TorrentFreak reported that using Google Chrome when connected to the internet using a VPN can be a serious security issue due to the browser's support for WebRTC.

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Since 2008, Google Chrome has been faulted for not including a master password to prevent casual access to a user's passwords.

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Google Chrome developers have indicated that a master password does not provide real security against determined hackers and have refused to implement one.

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In 2016, Google announced that it was planning to phase out Flash Player in Chrome, starting in version 53.

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In February 2018, Google Chrome introduced an ad blocking feature based on recommendations from the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

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In March 2010, Google devised a new method to collect installation statistics: the unique ID token included with Chrome is used for only the first connection that Google Update makes to its server.

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Optional suggestion service included in Google Chrome has been criticized because it provides the information typed into the Omnibox to the search provider before the user even hits return.

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Fowler pointed out that because of its advertising businesses, despite the privacy controls it offers users, Google Chrome is a major producer of third-party cookies and has a financial interest in collecting user data; he recommended switching to Firefox, Apple Safari, or Chromium-based Brave.

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Google Chrome has promised to phase out the use of cookies in their web-browser in 2022, implementing their FLoC technology instead.

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Google Chrome previously was able to suggest similar pages when a page could not be found.

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In February 2012, Google announced that Chrome would implement the Do Not Track standard to inform websites the user's desire not to be tracked.

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Google Chrome includes a process management utility called Task Manager which lets users see what sites and plugins are using the most memory, downloading the most bytes and overusing the CPU and provides the ability to terminate them.

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All Google Chrome channels are automatically distributed according to their respective release cycles.

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Also, Google Chrome announced a new release channel for system administrators and browser embedders with releases every eight weeks.

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The Branch Points precede the final Google Chrome Developer build release by 4 days and the Google Chrome Stable initial release by roughly 53 days.

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Notable features: synchronization with desktop Google Chrome to provide the same bookmarks and view the same browser tabs, page pre-rendering, hardware acceleration.

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The code of Google Chrome for Android is a fork of the Chromium project.

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Google Chrome is the default web browser for the iOS Gmail application.

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Google Chrome is the basis of Google's ChromeOS operating system that ships on specific hardware from Google's manufacturing partners.

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Opera Software said that "Google Chrome will strengthen the Web as the biggest application platform in the world".

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The first is Google, whose big plans for the Chrome browser have shaken Microsoft out of its competitive torpor and forced the software giant to pay fresh attention to its own browser, Internet Explorer.

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In 2019, Google similarly faced criticism over planned changes to its extensions API for Chrome, which would inhibit the effectiveness of certain forms of ad blocking software by preventing the use of the WebRequest API to block and modify network connections.

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Google Chrome intends extensions to transition to another API known as DeclarativeWebRequest, which allows the extension to set up pre-configured rules that are processed by the browser itself rather than through the extension.

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Google Chrome cited performance issues associated with WebRequest, as it requires all network traffic to go through the extension before the page is loaded, as well as its use in malicious extensions, as justification for these changes.

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In June 2013, according to StatCounter, Google Chrome overtook Internet Explorer for the first time in the US.

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In December 2010, Google announced that to make it easier for businesses to use Chrome they would provide an official Chrome MSI package.

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In 2010, Google first started supporting Chrome in enterprise environments by providing an MSI wrapper around the Chrome installer.

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In 2016, Google launched Chrome Browser Enterprise Support, a paid service enabling IT admins access to Google experts to support their browser deployment.

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In 2019, Google launched Chrome Browser Cloud Management, a dashboard that gives business IT managers the ability to control content accessibility, app usage and browser extensions installed on its deployed computers.

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In September 2008, Google released a large portion of Chrome's source code as an open-source project called Chromium.

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The Google Chrome-authored portion of Chromium is released under the permissive BSD license.

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Chromium is similar to Chrome, but lacks built-in automatic updates and a built-in Flash player, as well as Google branding and has a blue-colored logo instead of the multicolored Google logo.

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Google Chrome has an official developer's guide on how to create, develop, and publish projects.

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Google Chrome has its own web store where users and developers can upload and download these applications and extensions.

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