Game of Chromes

Ethan Shport on Aug 03 Browsers 7 min read

Is Google Chrome still the most functional and modern web browser to play with?

Google Chrome
Browsers
5.0
free
Benefits
  • Never miss an app update
  • Get 24/7 live customer care
  • Discover best new software

I believe that nowadays most people kind of intuitively choose an Internet browser. They skip deep technical researches, comparisons, or benchmark testing. Even more — and tell me if I’m wrong — many of us make this decision by identifying ourselves with a particular brand. Subjectively. In its own unique way.

It may sound a bit eccentric, I guess, but nevertheless — when all cars (I mean good cars) do their job and transfer you from point A to point B,  would you prefer to ride an ocean blue cabrio or maybe that stunning yellow roadster? Yup. It depends.

Often, an answer is irrational and lies somewhere in between our personal preferences in terms of brand, logo, color, popularity, our mood, habit or whatever. The list could be endless. Unlike your time, that I do not dare to waste any more. Let's find out whether a tiny spark of chemistry will flare between you and Google Chrome.

You can’t really go wrong with any of the well-known browsers, but there are a few things that give each its own competitive advantage.Most browsers are even more than consistent with current web standards and handle speed like a child’s play. For sure, it’s a real struggle to notice any difference in the rendering capabilities for a casual, not too geeky user. Browsing experience is much faster and smoother than a couple years back — and is becoming even more so with each and every new release. 

Since 2008, Google Chrome has firmly gained not only muscles but an army of fans. It’s one of Google's main players and shines in its father’s reputation of being an innovative leader and dominant king of the tech industry. Step-by-step, such prominent ancestry brings Chrome to the point where it has steadily acquired the largest share of global Internet usage. 

I must admit, whereas some internet browsers are designed for function over form, Google Chrome triumphs in both. User experience is intuitive and clean due to well-organized, minimalistic layout. The simplicity of Google’s classy, beloved material design is a defining and, as for me, a problem-solving feature that other Internet browsers lack. Time after time, when it comes to efficiency and ease of use, less is more. And that’s Chrome.

SEARCH INSTANTLY. TYPE LESS.

Most people worldwide are well acquainted with the fact that Google, primarily, is the most-used web search engine. It handles more than three billion searches daily. In either way, Internet surfing is all about searching, right? And when it comes to browsing the web, Google Chrome deals with it like a lightning-fast Californian karate kid.

Most people worldwide are well acquainted with the fact that Google, primarily, is the most-used web search engine. It handles more than three billion searches daily. In either way, Internet surfing is all about searching, right? And when it comes to browsing the web, Google Chrome deals with it like a lightning-fast Californian karate kid.

You should thank Google Instant for that too. It predicts search terms you’re about to enter and loads web pages as you start typing, so you can reach the content you want in a blink. 

Moreover, Google Chrome’s main URL box is — in the same way — a Google Search box. As simple as that. So you can search straight from it, without making any extra steps. 

Search and navigate from the same box, which Google calls the Omnibox.

GIVE SOME “TABS UP”

Managing tabs, while clear and evident, is another thing which makes Chrome super comfortable to use. You can easily pin, rearrange, duplicate the tabs, drag to open a new window, reopen a closed one, or even mute some (your boss shouldn’t accidentally hear your favourite “B#%ch Better Have My Money” while walking beside you, I guess).

All your opened tabs perform independently. So that, if one tab collapses, others are not in danger. Another useful feature: when you open a new tab from an existing one, e.g. by clicking a link, a new tab is placed right beside the parent one. Not at the end of the list. It helps you keep related tabs well-organized and grouped together properly.

APPS, INTEGRATIONS, AND HIDDEN GEMS 

If you are eager to get a maximum and make Google Chrome truly yours, I suggest digging deeper into its integration and customization capabilities. Trust me, they are massive, and they could really work for your everyday needs. Actually, this side of Chrome deserves an independent article. Let me know if you’d like to hear more about some tips and tricks right in comments below.

Referring back, Chrome has its own software marketplace or web store, where you can find lots of these handy apps and extensions. Another cool thing: if any of them appear on the market, you’re most likely to get them for Chrome before they’re available for any other browser.

As for me personally, I love the idea that Chrome is the most integrated piece of software when it comes to playing with anything related to Google. Things like Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Docs/Slides/Sheets, Maps, Calendar, and so on, work as flawlessly as they should in combo with Chrome.

As for Chrome’s hidden gems, there are quite a few, actually. And here’s one. Classic situation: you forgot your smartphone in a taxi while travelling home from Justin Bieber concert. Have you ever imagine that you could possibly find your phone via an Internet browser? The funny thing is that you can. Just type “find my phone” in Google Search and — boom — you can track a voyage of your device on the map.

Simply type “find my phone” in address box and — boom — you can track a voyage of your device on the map. 

In addition, you can “ring” it (in case you can’t find it at home) or lock it to protect your personal info. As expected, this hidden feature works only if you’re signed in to your Google Account both on smartphone and computer.

KEEP IT ALL IN SYNC

My suggestion is to keep your Google account active. It synchronizes your opened tabs, history, bookmarks, add-ons, and other preferences to all your tech. It’s awesome and very convenient. Anything that you update on one device is directly updated everywhere else. This is also advantageous for households with a single computer, as it allows each family member to have their own unique web experience.

SECURITY

Google claims that Chrome’s top priority is to keep you more secure and safer on the web. There’s no reasons to question that really. Chrome uses deep technologies such as Safe Browsing, sandboxing, and automatic updates to help protect your data against phishing attacks and malware.

In fact, the sandbox protection scheme is a killer. It adds an additional layer of armor to your browser by guarding against malicious web pages that try to steal private info from your hard drive, install junk on your computer, or track your web activities.

HELP AND SUPPORT

Chrome has a pretty informative help center that provides support in a variety of categories. No matter if you’re a new user or an advanced one, here you’ll find a wide range of resources to adjust your browsing experience. There’s also a Google’s public forum where you can share your issues with community and get some helpful feedback.

Keep walkin', mate, keep walkin'
Google Chrome
Browsers
5.0
free
Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the Web faster, safer, and easier.