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Chromium is an open-source web browser developed by The Chromium Project. Back in 2008 Chromium’s source code served as a basis for Google Chrome. Thus, these two browsers have many similarities, and it’s inevitable to compare them in this review. They have almost the same logo, except Chromium is blue and Chrome is colorful. 

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Chromium review

Chromium is an open-source web browser developed by The Chromium Project. Back in 2008 Chromium’s source code served as a basis for Google Chrome. Thus, these two browsers have many similarities, and it’s inevitable to compare them in this review. They have almost the same logo, except Chromium is blue and Chrome is colorful. 

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Functionality 4/5

One of the major aims of the Chromium project is to be a tabbed window manager or shell for the web rather than a traditional browser application. It is possible to download the Chromium source code and build it manually on many platforms. The official website provides the source code and instructions on how to compile it and build the application based on it.

The Chromium browser has fewer features and supports fewer media codecs than Google Chrome. It doesn’t have a built-in Flash Player, requiring a plugin to be downloaded. Also, the browser doesn’t update to the latest version automatically.

Beyond that, you will hardly find any significant differences between the two. Both Chromium and Chrome have Sandbox support, which is always enabled. Chromium browser supports all the extensions that can be installed in Google Chrome and looks identical.

Design 5/5

Chromium follows the minimalistic web browser style, which promotes light and easy to view interface. Chromium feels cognitively and physically lightweight and incredibly fast.

Usability 4/5

Chromium lacks quality usability-wise, comparing to Google Chrome because Google, unlike The Chromium Project, provides the consumer-faced web browser.

Unlike Chromium, Google has the crash reporting and send usage statistics options. It includes general data like information about your Chrome settings, device, and OS, search queries, visited websites having malware, etc.

Also, there are some issues with the codecs in Chromium as it supports only Theora, Vorbis, and WebM codecs for the HTML5 video and audio tags. So, it doesn’t support AAC, MP3, and H.264.

Cross-platform use 5/5

The Chromium browser is compatible with Windows 7 and later, Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and Linux.

In-app purchases

Chromium offers various extensions in its store, some of which can be chargeable.

Conclusion

Both for Windows and Mac OS, it’s better to use Google Chrome rather than Chromium. Google Chrome comes as a stable release with a myriad of useful features Chromium doesn’t have.

Chromium doesn’t update automatically and lacks Flash plugin and other media codecs. However, some Linux distributions may offer a modified Chromium version adding various missing features.

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Conclusion

Chromium is too finicky to use mostly because you can’t get official stable builds that will update automatically.


Pros : Light and easy to view interface;
Lots of useful extensions;
Fast.

Cons : No auto updates;
No builtin Adobe Flash plugin and some other codecs.


Functionality 4

Design 5

Usability 4

Cross-platform use 5


Average : 4.5




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