To the uninitiated, Chromium’s interface may seem rather sparse. There aren’t a lot of buttons, and we were momentarily confused by its lack of a search box. With a bit of exploration, though, we soon caught on. We easily imported our bookmarks and other settings from Firefox, allowing us to make a pretty seamless transition.
We loved that the search box and address bar are combined into one space; they worked surprisingly well that way. The fact that opening a new tab or window shows a grid of the user’s most-visited Web sites is ingenious; getting to your favorite Web destinations has never been faster or easier. In fact, everything about Chromium is fast, from its start-up to the way it handles Web pages. The program’s Help file directs users to Google’s Chrome Web site, which is fine, as the programs are virtually identical.
Differences between Chromium and Google Chrome
The program is the name given to the open source project and the browser source code released and maintained by the tool Project. It is possible to install the latest precompiled snapshots for Windows, Linux, and Mac, or by downloading the source code and building it manually on those platforms. Google takes this source code and adds an integrated Flash Player, the Google name and logo, an auto-updater system called GoogleUpdate, an opt-in option for users to send Google their usage statistics and crash reports as well as, in some instances, RLZ tracking which transmits information in encoded form to Google, for example, when and where Chrome has been downloaded. By default, the app only supports Vorbis, Theora, and WebM codecs for the HTML5 audio and video tags, while Google Chrome supports these in addition to H.264, AAC, and MP3. Certain Linux distributions may add support for other codecs to their customized versions of Browser.
Chromium is used as a base for Chrome. However, the latter does have some extra features that are not available on the former. Some features that are only available on Chrome are auto-update capability, integrated Adobe Flash Player (not supported by Chromium), API keys for some Google Services, licensed codecs from 3rd party players, some audio formats that are only compatible with Chromium, and a number of tracking mechanisms and crash reports, which helps Google collect data to what errors can be created.
While this is not commonly known, Windows and Mac users actually also download an extra background app, which keeps Chrome updated, and on Linux, this function is done by the system management tools. No just background support is provided with Chromium and there are no automatic updates either.
Transitioning to a new browser always requires an adjustment period, but overall, we found Chromium to be quite intuitive and pleasurable to use. We didn’t have to do a lot of searching for the features that we wanted and, even though it’s relatively no-frills, we didn’t find ourselves missing anything. Chromium is free. It comes as a zip file and runs after extraction with no need to install. We highly recommend this program to all users.
Chromium can be used by anyone looking for a light-weight, minimalistic web browser which does not have too many frills, and a simple interface, directed at performing the basic features. Because the app doesn’t support Flash, a lot of the in-built flash features are not available on it. Having said that, most common users would rather just use Chrome, as it gives them an overall better user experience, is easy to navigate through, has an attractive UI, is pre-set in Android or many personal computers, and is simply widely used across the board.
For developers specifically, who would like to tinker and work on the browser’s open-source code, and study the code for bug fixes and analysis, Chromium is a good app to use. Aimed at building a developer community to improve the overall web browsing experience for internet users, the app is a great platform to interact with other developers, understand the bug fixes and study the code that is the base of not just Google Chrome but also other similar programs like Opera and Microsoft Edge.