Google acknowledges debt to Apple in unveiling ‘Chrome’ browser

“Google Inc’s new browser software is designed to work ‘invisibly’ and will run any application that runs on Apple Inc’s Safari Web browser, company officials said on Tuesday,” Eric Auchard reports for Reuters.

The company said the new Web browser, dubbed Google Chrome — a long-anticipated move to compete with Microsoft Corp, Mozilla Firefox and other browsers — is now available for download [WIndows-only beta currently],” Auchard reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Google, get a Mac version out ASAP before you alienate the group who could be your most ardent allies.

“Google Chrome relies on Apple’s WebKit software for rendering Web pages, he said. It also has taken advantage of features of community-developed browser Firefox from Mozilla Corp. Google is a primary financial backer of Mozilla,” Auchard reports. “‘If you are Webmaster, and your site works in Apple Safari then it will work very well in Google Chrome,’ Sundar Pichai, Google’s vice president of product management said at a news conference at the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters.”

“Apple WebKit is widely used by Web developers, not simply for Apple applications like the iPhone but also by Google itself with its mobile phone software, called Android,” Auchard reports. “‘We have borrowed good ideas from others,’ Pichai said. ‘Our goal here was to bring our point of view but do it in a very open way,’ he said in response to a reporter’s question.”

“‘We don’t want to live in a world where all that (innovation) is locked up and kept secret,’ Google co-founder Larry Page told the news conference. Page was a primary supporter of the Chrome project among Google’s executive team,” Auchard reports. “Sergey Brin, Page’s fellow co-founder, said Google planned to continue to work closely with Mozilla and hoped to see future version of Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox become more unified over time.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Martin” for the heads up.]

Walt Mossberg’s First Test of Google’s New Browser:

Read Mossberg’s full review here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Trevor” for the heads up.]


  1. installed, very fast (faster then FireFox (v3)) tabs are a bit interesting, sitting on top of the window instead of between address bar and web page, also when you open a link in a new tab it shows up next to the page you opened it from instead of at the end of the list of tabs…

    Everything seems to look good though.

  2. Im all for competition….force innovation…etc…. but another browser? Safari, camino, firefox, chrome, opera, IE, netscape…..i have safari and firefox….and i mostly use one over the other….so where does this fit in?

    Are they just trying to take the #2 spot next to IE or safari?i dont get it…

  3. This may in fact be my favorite browser on Windows. It surpasses Safari in stability and responsiveness. I’m glad to see a tide of support for standards. Not even MSFT can build a levee big enough to hold back the water.

  4. This isn’t actually about web browsers. It’s an attack primarily on Windows and a pretty sneaky one at that. Google’s been gearing
    up for it for awhile. Pun intended.

    “Google OS Arrives, In the Form of a Browser”
    <excerpt>”While this move can be seen as a challenge to Microsoft on the browser front, it’s more of a threat to Microsoft’s Windows operating system. By developing its own open-source browser, Google is able to establish de-facto standards for Web applications.”

    The rest:

  5. P.S. Why would you ever upgrade Windows (or Office) again if XP is adequate and Chrome runs all of your business programs? Since it’s fully open source vertical programmers can have at it. Yet, the same goes for OS X (once Chrome is ported). Or you could load Linux for free or cheaply and skip the others. It makes me wonder if Google is working on a bootable Chrome (like Android is for mobiles).

  6. I’m cautiously optimistic about this. Diversity in browser choice is good.

    Of today’s “big four” browsers (IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera), only Firefox is 100% open-source. Safari’s Webkit rendering engine is open-source, but the browser itself is closed-source. For those of us who place high value on open source, that seems a bit of a shame. So Chrome is that open-source Webkit-based desktop browser we’ve been waiting for.

    Additionally, a lot of the ideas they present in their online comic thingy sound very good indeed. I’m guessing part of their motivation behind doing this is to *show* the other browser-makers how things can be done, rather than simply asking and hoping. In that sense, it benefits everyone, since it takes those ideas out of the theoretical realm, and the ones which truly do work better will eventually be adopted by the other browser makers.

    My current disappointments have to do with no mention of customizability (as we’ve come to expect from browsers such as Firefox), the lack of attention paid to cookies when they talk about sandboxing (though as Google makes use of tracking cookies, that’s unfortunately not much of a surprise), and the fact that it’s currently only available for Windoze (yes, I know, it makes sense to target them first, since the goal is to get people out of IE and into something that’s standards-compliant, but dagnabbit, I wanna play with it too!).

    Still, on the whole, I think this is a very good thing. And hey! If Google doesn’t behave nicely with it, it’s all open-source, so others can come along and fork it to their hearts’ content (see GNU IceCat).

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