11 years of Google Chrome: More than just a web browser
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Since its launch in 2008, Google Chrome has surpassed the predecessors like Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari to gain the number-one position. On its 11th anniversary of the release, let’s look back on the path from "a newcomer" to "a ruler" of Google Chrome.
Chrome was first released by Google on September 4, 2008, with the idea of creating a better, more modern web browser.
At the time, only two browsers competed for direct market share: Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox, excluding Safari which was exclusive to Mac computers. IE was popular but hated by many, while Firefox was better but its market share was only half that of IE (30% compared to 60%).
A few days before Chrome was released, Google posted a blog post entitled "A fresh new browser approach". According to Android Authority, the post stated that Google launched the browser because the company believed that it "can bring value to users while promoting web innovation".
Google also claimed that Chrome was an open browser. Chrome's source code was widely released as Chromium, which Google "learned" from Apple Webkit and Firefox. The first test version of Chrome was released for the Windows platform, and the official version was released a few months later. Mac and Linux users had to wait until 2010 to use Chrome.
Chrome has many advantages over its opponent. Firstly, this is a "rich son" because the father of Google has a lot of money and resources. Second, it is built on existing technologies that fully meet web standards. Third, Google integrates Chrome with a variety of interactive applications, not just web browsing.
Additionally, Sandbox technology helps protect the browser from crashing when a website fails. Finally, Chrome also has a simple interface and user-friendly. When appearing on many platforms, Chrome's synchronization capability is also highly rated.
In short, Google has developed the right product, launched at the right time, had the right approach to help Chrome become the most popular browser in the world.
Chrome has got better and better over time. In 2010, Chrome appeared on popular computer platforms. In 2012, Chrome was available on mobile devices running on Android and iOS. In 2013, Google abandoned its WebKit processor to move to Blink.
The processor's main job is to "translate" HTML and web scripts to display to the user. Using Blink helps Google be more proactive in adding new features. Very soon after that, browsers that "followed" using Chromium also switched to Blink. Some browsers that use the existing Chromium include Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, and most notably Microsoft Edge.
With many web browsers using the Chromium kernel, the web standards have also changed to be compatible with Chrome. That's why Google's browser is quickly gaining a larger market share than the rest.
The popularity and versatility of Chrome is the driving force for Google to release Chrome OS, a web-based operating system with Chrome applications.
MORE THAN JUST A BROWSER
Google Chrome and the web have changed a lot in 11 years. Chrome is now more than just a browser. It's a very popular platform with many useful tools just like Google itself. Web applications continue to grow, web standards are growing, and Chrome has always been the preferred platform for web designers to test and develop websites.
According to StatCounter, Chrome's market share is 64% of all platforms combined, followed by Safari with 15.5% thanks to the popularity of iOS, and by Firefox with 4.4%. Safari and Firefox are also two of the few browsers that currently do not use the Chromium kernel.
Web standards are still evolving, and everything is possible. Perhaps an opponent will "usurp" Chrome in the future, but the important role of Chrome in the history of Internet development cannot be denied.
By: Joe Cook