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