Chromium vs Google Chrome; Which Browser is Better for You?
Internet users committed to Google products must be very familiar with Google Chrome, the corporation’s trademarked internet browser. Those who have been using Gmail, AdSense, Google Play Store, Google Docs, and other Google products will find it very convenient to use those products if they use Google Chrome. While this browser is quite popular because of its simplistic UI, which is later adopted by Firefox and Internet Explorer, and because of its easy synchronization feature and it’s easy to optimize your Google Chrome, then few people are aware that the grandeur of Google Chrome actually grows from Chromium browser, from which Google Chrome draws its source code. Chromium, which is developed by Google’s Chromium Project, is still available today and you can choose between both browsers if you consider one of them better for you. Read on to learn more about some specific features of each browser that make it better than its counterpart.
Why Should You Choose Google Chrome?
Google Chrome has a number of features that make it suitable for internet users, especially Google products users, who expect stable and reliable internet browser. Those features are listed as follows.
- Google Chrome has some integrated plugins that are not present in Chromium. Those plugins help users access frequently accessed internet files, especially flash videos, flash apps and PDF files, more conveniently.
- Users who often play multimedia files online will also find it more convenient to play those files when using Google Chrome. This browser supports not only WebM, Vorbis and Theora codecs, which are also supported by Chromium, but also MP3 and AAC codecs, which Chromium doesn’t support.
- Google Chrome is not an open source browser, but it is free under BSD license. Users cannot mess with its codes, but they receive continuous support from Google for free.
- When using Google Chrome, users can automatically synchronize their Google accounts with the browser.
Why Should You Choose Chromium?
Chromium clarified its separation from Google Chrome when it released the third version of its alpha build in 2009. Since then, it has been undergone several updates. The most recent version of this browser is Chromium 36.0. There are several features that make this browser a good option for a particular group of users.
- To start with, Chromium is an open source browser. If you want your software to be as open source as possible, Chromium should be your choice.
- Google Chrome’s PDF plugin seems to be very rudimentary. It lacks many tools offered by such apps like Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader. As a result, many users prefer to use third party plugins or to download the PDF files and to read them outside the browser. If you are still using Google Chrome and you don’t want to use it to open PDF files, you have to disable its PDF plugin first—a chore that you may regard as unnecessary. If you use Chromium, you can enjoy flexibility when dealing with PDF files. Because it doesn’t have integrated PDF plugin, it will download any PDF files that you access. If you prefer to read them using the browser, you can equip it with a PDF plugin, which is mostly free.
- As an open source app, Chromium is available in the default repositories of some Linux Distros, such as Ubuntu.