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Can Google Chrome Beat Firefox?

After releasing their desktop application for Google services, the search engine giant just released another application in the form of a browser called Google Chrome. Ok, so by now you must have heard/read about it. It’s getting great reviews from the early testers/users and there are reports that Mozilla is already feeling the pressure.

I gave it a test drive and I must say that it is an excellent browser. It loads pages really fast and consumes less memory than Firefox. There is of course the issue of add-ons installed in my Firefox so the comparison regarding memory usage  is not quite accurate.

The interface is great. The positioning of the tabs is very efficient. It gives you more space for reading which the other browsers didn’t take into account. This is great if you are browsing from small notebooks with wide screens. The tabs, menus and toolbars consume precious browsing space.

The start page is similar to Opera’s speed dial. The only difference is that it displays your most visited pages other than your personal bookmarks. There is also a quick bookmarking star similar to Firefox’s quick bookmark. I personally liked the feature that lets you drag the tab outside the browser to open it in a new window.

Chrome also comes in incognito mode. It’s a feature that allows you to browse privately. It will not save any information regarding your browsing if you use this feature. This is very useful if you are using another computer other than yours. Its own task manager is also a very useful tool which allows you  to close a single misbehaving page instead of closing the whole browser.

The browser is still in its early stages but is already creating a lot of buzz and great responses from its users. Firefox still leads in customizability but given the proper support from third party developers, Chrome can definitely become a major player in the browser wars. Firefox’s enormous amount of add-ons and plugins still makes it number one in my book but I have to admit that Chrome is pretty cool and won’t mind having it around.

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Google Chrome is currently available for Windows users only. Mac and Linux versions are coming soon.

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14 comments on “Can Google Chrome Beat Firefox?
  1. rhyan says:

    I’ve tried this browser and darn it was fast. One or Two years from now if developed well this browser will rule.

  2. Marie says:

    The Chrome browser is fantastic, particularly if there are multiple tabs opened and one of them is crashing, it does not crash the whole browser! If there is a problem with a page you are viewing, it even shows you a sad face image 😛

    I like how the search field is also the google search bar and how you can check the processors for each tab opened.

    The Chrome browser will certainly play a major role in the near future and best of all, it’s also open source.

  3. juzten says:

    I don’t know if it will beat Firefox but I think that it will sure beat IE, but I dont know, google is taking over the web,
    juzten
    Daily Free Software

  4. Leet says:

    Hi…
    Nice post
    Anyway would you add my blog into your blogroll (exchange link) please…

    thanks

    Cheers – Leet

  5. tahtimbo says:

    I’ve been kind of standing back and watching how Chrome is going to turn out, but after reading your article, I think I’ll give it a try. Thank you for the great information!

  6. AgentOrange says:

    Guys:

    Chrome’s future sure is bright based on user reactions. Maybe in a year or two it’ll be a browser of choice for many but lets not forget about the other projects of Mozilla Labs. They have a couple of browser projects/concepts that are very promising. The Aurora browser project in particular is a great concept but until they make it a reality, i think chrome will have its fair share of the market.

    There is also the issue of Internet Explorer that comes with Windows which makes it the default browser for millions of Windows owners. There are people I know who haven’t even heard of Firefox, Opera or Safari. The only browser for them is Internet explorer.

    I’m pretty curious on how this will turn out.

    @Leet: I’m sorry to say that I have no plans of adding links to my blogroll yet. I hope you understand. As you can see, it’s getting longer and longer.

    @Tahtimbo: It’s definitely worth a try. Glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for your kind words and you’re welcome. 🙂

  7. Rarst says:

    “It gives you more space for reading which the other browsers didn’t take into account.”

    Didn’t what? Every normal browser has full-screen mode. Stop. Cut “normal” – even IE6 has it! 🙂

    It’s Firefox all over again – people are praising new browser for stuff that others had implemented for years.

  8. AgentOrange says:

    @Rarst: I don’t start my browser in fullscreen mode and I want the freedom to make a tab(ctrl t) and type a URL plus I hate the popping out thing with the full screen mode. Seriously, who uses the full screen mode with their browsers?

    What I’m saying is that with screens getting wider and not taller, the browsing space is becoming more and more limited to users. I’m only using two to three toolbars in my Firefox and it’s already taking up too much space. I have to hide them everytime.I also switched to small icons just to save space. Not all of us have large screens.Just think of the people using eee PCs or similar sized notebooks.

    Not all features of Chrome are brand new. Some are slightly modified features from other browsers. But it’s ability to load pages faster compared to most browsers is a huge factor. It also handles pages with errors quite well and I don’t know of any browser with its own task manager to handle page crashes.

    Thanks for sharing your views. 🙂

  9. Rarst says:

    @AgentOrange

    >I want the freedom to make a tab(ctrl t) and type a URL

    And how does fullscreen mode prevents you from doing that? 🙂

    For the record I don’t use fullscreen mode exactly, but I have my Opera interface customized to only show tabs and address bar. Chrome is not an improvement over my setup at all.

    I wanted to say that modern browsers like Opera and Firefox are exceptionally well fit for interface customization and usage on limited screen space. Opera even has special small screen rendering mode for very small screens. Suddenly saying that Chrome is the only one who got it right is misleading.

    >Some are slightly modified features from other browsers.

    Some? 🙂 Chrome is like one big compilation of features from other browsers. Not that it’s bad but it’s not innovative either.

    >But it’s ability to load pages faster compared to most browsers is a huge factor.

    Chrome is currently beta that can’t do much except opening pages. Other browser may be tiny bit slower (I am barely noticing differences in speed and not sure they even real) put they pack times more features.

    So let’s talk about speed when Chrome is on par with them feature-wise. 🙂

  10. AgentOrange says:

    When you create another tab in fullscreen mode you have to mouse over the top to display the URL bar and click on the URL bar to start typing the URL which takes too long for me compared to the normal mode.

    The feature that they took from Opera (speed dial) is modified to display your most visited websites and not the ones that you bookmarked. If they made some of the features of current browsers better, then it’s good enough for me. If they can’t make improvements in their existing features, then chances are that others will.

    >”So let’s talk about speed when Chrome is on par with them feature-wise. :)”

    “Firefox still leads in customizability but given the proper support from third party developers, Chrome can definitely become a major player in the browser wars. Firefox’s enormous amount of add-ons and plugins still makes it number one in my book but I have to admit that Chrome is pretty cool and won’t mind having it around.”

  11. Rarst says:

    Ops, my mistake. In Firefox it indeed sucks. I am not much of Firefox user, just assumed they copied… I mean made it right. 🙂

    In Opera fullscreen mode when you open new tab it opens with visible address bar and focus on it.

  12. axioblogger says:

    I like Chrome just because of the seperate browser processes. Without that, I don’t because my blog is broken on my vista laptop with chrome. Chrome takes more space on my hard drive than firefox.

  13. Roger says:

    Like with GMDesk, how much personal info is sent to Google?

  14. AgentOrange says:

    Axioblogger: Yeah that’s one of the features that I like in Chrome. Thanks for the file size info by the way. I didn’t get to check the file size of both browsers. 🙂

    Roger: I’m afraid only Google can answer your question.

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