In continuation of what we started from the series of articles in which we talk about web browsers, today we talk about the difference between Chrome and Chromium, which are similar to each other even in the logo, as many users believe that they do not differ except in their form. We explain the essential differences between them here.
Developed and released by Google, Chrome is a web browser. Developed by Google, Chromeium is an open source specialized browser with fewer users. There are fewer additional features and functionality in Chrome than in Chromium due to the use of the same source code. Our review of each browser helps you decide which is the right one for you based on its pros and cons.
Google Chrome is a proprietary web browser developed and modified by the company. Despite being proprietary, anyone can download and use it for free, but the code cannot be reverse engineered or decompiled.
In Chromium, Google developers take the open source Chromium source code and add their own proprietary code to it. As an example, Chrome has auto-updates, can track browsing data, and until recently supported Flash, which Chromium does not.
Developed and maintained by the Chromium Projects, Chrome is an open source web browser. Anyone can modify the source code since it is open source. Code contributions can, however, only be made by trusted members of the Chromium development community. In terms of updating Chrome, only manual updates are possible.
Chrome is probably the best browser for regular web users. Because of its automatic updates and error reports, it provides a stable and safe browsing experience. As well as open-source alternatives, Chrome also provides built-in support for closed-source codecs like AAC, H.264, and MP3.
In addition, Chrome’s few shortcomings are likely to go unnoticed if you aren’t a heavy user. Unlike Chromium, Chrome tracks your browsing habits, cookies, and history. You can always delete that data at the end of your browsing session by using Chrome’s incognito mode.
You can only install extensions from the Chrome Web Store on Windows and Mac. Comparatively, other browsers allow external extensions. An open platform, however, requires more scrutiny from the user, as external extensions can sometimes be malicious or untested. Enabling developer mode in Chrome will give you the freedom to install third-party extensions.
Who wins? Is it chrome or chrome?
Since Chrome and Chrome both have benefits, it’s hard to decide which is better. Chrome is probably the best choice for regular users. If you value privacy and encryption, Chromium may be the right choice for you.
You might be interested in reading our article on the best alternative browsers to Google Chrome.