Top Differences Between Chrome and Chromium

Chrome and Chromium: Chromium was developed as a project made of a large portion of its code and the Chromium project is from where the latter draws its source code. Basically, Google Chrome is a well-updated version of Chromium.

Top Differences Between Chrome and Chromium

What is Chrome?

Google Chrome is a free web browser, but it is not fully open source. Google Chrome uses the WebKit layout engine and V8 JavaScript engine. Google Chrome is known for its security, stability, and speed. Google Chrome provides high application performance and JavaScript processing speed.

Google Chrome was the first to implement the OminiBox, which is a single input field that works as the address bar as well as search bar (though this feature was first introduced by Mozilla for their browser Firefox). Due to its comparatively (very) short release cycle of 6 weeks, Google Chrome 11 was released within two months after the release date of Google Chrome 10.

One negative criticism that is associated with the users is its comparatively high emphasis on usage tracking functionality. In addition to its high security, stability, and speed. Google Chrome 11 introduced several amazing new features, some of which are in fact introduced for the first time ever into browsers.

For example, an HTML speech translator that can convert your speech into 50 other languages, which uses the power of HTML5, was introduced. GPU-accelerated 3D CSS support, which makes it possible for Google Chrome to support websites with 3D effects using CSS, is also included.

What is Chromium?

Chromium is also a web browser of Google, but it is open source that draws its source code from Chromium. It was also released in 2008 and is written in five languages, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, and Python.

It is available for Windows OS, Android, and Linux. It is mostly used in Linux OS. The main theme behind Google Chromium is that by this open-source software, Google makes it able for the developer to check and understand the work and features of Google Chrome.

It is an ongoing project of Google and daily updates are available for it. The latest version of Google Chromium is Chromium 41.0, which was released on November 7, 2014.

Difference Between Chrome And Chromium

1. Chromium is the name of the web browser project developed by Google while Google Chrome is the intended final product.

2. Chromium can be updated and allows code modifications, and its new versions are released even without testing while Google Chrome always tests its product versions before releasing them to the public.

3. Google Chrome has many features that are not present in Chromium such as Google branding, cash reporting, and user metrics options as well as a very colorful and attractive logo.

4. Adobe Flash Player, PDF viewer, and Auto-updater are built-in with Google Chrome while they have to be downloaded when using Chromium.

5. Chromium is open-source software so frequent updates are available by Chromium while updates of Chrome are launched after sometime.

6. Chrome has been written in language C++. While Chromium is written in five languages, C, C++, Java, JavaScript, and Python.

7. Chromium is most popular on Linux OS while Chrome is most popular on Windows OS and mobiles.

8. Chrome is available for iOS also while Chromium is not available for iOS.



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