Google Chrome? Nah, we don’t need another hero
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Already dubbed by some as an Internet Explorer or even Windows Killer, Google’s Chrome is just web browser – nothing more, nothing less. If Chrome was just Chrome, without Google’s name on it – no one would ever pay attention on it.
So what is it all about?
Google was consistent (note the sarcasm) for years telling that it does not have any plans for developing web browser (or operating system), and just few days ago – Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder said: “It just happened to migrate from being false to being true.”
Chrome is a browser that no one would ever pay attention to if it had not have Google name on it. It prides itself with features already found in all major web browsers – and does that in a way that user can think that all those features were invented by Chrome.
Here are just few of them:
Google: Today, most of what we use the web for on a day-to-day basis aren’t just web pages. They’re applications.
Google: The Gears guys were thinking about multi-threaded browser (…) what if we have multiple processes? Each having its own memory and its own copy of the global data structures.
UXPassion.com: The IE guys were thinking about that one too. And guess what – you already have that in Internet Explorer 8. Exactly the same thing – only without Gears guys involved.
Google: Omnibox handles far more than just URL’s. It also offers suggestions for searches, top pages you’ve visited before, pages you haven’t visited but are popular and more…
UXPassion.com: Firefox’s Awesome bar does that too. So does the Internet Explorer’s Address bar. And they’ve been doing that before Google Chrome.
Google: Google Chrome has a privacy mode. You can create “incognito” window and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer.
UXPassion.com: Internet Explorer 8 comes with InPrivate – pretty much the same thing. Safari has something like that too. But yeah – with Google Chrome – wheel is being reinvented.
Also, Chrome is using rendering engine WebKit, but there is no support for embedded fonts declared trough using @font-face in CSS. Chrome will download referenced font but it is not going to display it.
Something that really bothers me – Google Chrome sucks at handling zoom. If you decide to zoom in on some web page like you can do it in Firefox and Internet Explorer, you will get surprised (Google breaks the principle of least astonishment) – images and everything else on the web page will remain intact – only text will be resized. For example, if you are looking at web page that is 1000 pixels wide and use Chrome to zoom in, it will stay 1000 pixels wide no matter what you do – only the text will react on your actions.
And, of course – there is huge privacy issue – something that Google really sucks at these days. And this time it sucks even more. Don’t be evil – Google says. This time – they should listen to themselves.
At the end, I will go and cite Associated Press:
While Chrome’s performance is a little better than that of Firefox, in practical terms, it is far less useful, because it lacks the broad array of third-party add-ons programs like Flashblock that make Firefox so customizable. With time, it might catch up, but in the meantime, I’d recommend giving the new Internet Explorer a spin.
So do I.