The most popular browser in the world
Nowadays, talking about browsing the Internet is almost a synonym of using Google Chrome. If we used to identify the concept of Internet with that symbol of a globe, nowadays accessing webs has to do with clicking on that round icon with a green, red and yellow stripe that we all have on our desktop or pinned to our taskbar.
All or almost all of us, because it has only taken Google's browser seven years to become the most popular in the world with hundreds of millions of users and more than 50% market share. And that's despite the fierce competition that's going around, with Firefox trying to imitate all the good things in this browser and Microsoft improving its Internet Explorer to the max while it also launches other alternatives such as Edge. And without forgetting about Opera or Safari.
Chrome, the browser you'd install on your grandma's PC.
Why is Chrome so successful?
If we were to ask a user of this Chromium-based browser why he considers it better than its competitors, he could tell us about loads of RAM consumption or speed comparatives, but what users really like are its tiny details.
Being able to browse in Incognito Mode (you know, pressing Ctrl+Shift+N to prevent the browser for saving your history), search quickly from the Omnibox, that sort of box for everything that used to be the address bar, or the wide range of extension available in the Chrome Web Store to give the browser some extra functions, with Chrome Remote Desktop among the most popular ones, allowing us to control another PC remotely, are just some of these details.
Having said this, it's success might just lay in the fact that Google's products and services have started to play an essential role in our lives (Google Maps, Gmail or YouTube, to name just a few), and using Chrome makes it much easier to integrate all these services, but it's also fair to say that it has earnt itself a reputation thanks to its ease-of-use, stability, lightweight and safety, as well as all the previously mentioned functions.
We can't forget that the same close relationship between Chrome and another one of Google's star products, as is the case of Android, allows us to run applications developed for this operating system (APKs) straight in our browser.
A browser in constant evolution
The current Google Chrome doesn't look at all like any of the primitive versions launched back in 2008. Each new update comes along with new features that intend to improve the user experience, making the browser better, lighter, more stable and safer... and helping it to gain more and more users. The improvements that we'd like to point out from the latest versions are the following:
- Mute individual tabs. Is there anything more annoying than some kind of sound playing in the background without being able to locate it? Chrome users that usually work with God knows how many tabs open, will know what I'm talking about and how awkward it's to find the source of all that noise. One of the latest improvements to this browser allows us to mute tabs individually because now a tiny speaker icon tells us which is the noisy tab and we only have to click on it to shut it up forever.
- No more OK Google. In an attempt to make its browser even lighter, Google decided to remove the OK Google voice command that used to call up its Google Now assistant in the desktop version. Why would they want it if nobody used it? That doesn't mean that we can't use voice search from the browser, but that now we have to enable it by clicking on that blue microphone icon that nobody uses.
- Flash blocked by default. We all know that Flash is almost dead in terms of web content, where HTML 5 is killing it slowly. But Google possibly put the last nail in the coffin with one its latest updates, disabling Flash adverts automatically to make the user experience much safer (we all know about Adobe Flash Player's vulnerabilities) and lighter.
Updates to the latest version
- Correction of 20 security flaws.
- Improvements to the page load speed.
- Improvements to the reliability of push notifications.
- No longer supports Windows XP or Windows Vista.
- This download requires an Internet connection to complete the installation.
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