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Google Chrome, the most used browser in the world

Google Chrome is the browser that dominates the scene both in the desktop and in the mobile environment: it has imposed a new way of surfing on the Web, has defined new standards and is one of the key elements of Google’s business. Light and free, it allows easy navigation both on the desktop and on mobile devices. The concept of Google is simple: download Google Chrome , install and browse without worries. Speed, security, password management and other aspects will be in the hands of the browser, whose role is to protect and guide the user towards the best possible Web experience.

To start the download of Chrome , both for Windows platform and for Mac platform, it is sufficient to take advantage of the official site, from which you will get a dedicated link with your most updated version:

Chrome can be installed, if not preloaded, even on all Android terminals. The app is also available on the App Store for browsing on iOS:

Once the browser is installed, the software updates automatically as soon as it finds a newer version online, thus guaranteeing the user full security from the vulnerabilities and rapid availability of the new services developed by the Mountain View group.

Over time, Google has developed its browser with a clear goal in mind: to make web browsing as quick and easy as possible . Instantness has become a veritable dogma that the whole group has married and so, while on the one hand the search engine has begun to reward the sites that have proved most diligent at improving code and optimization, on the other the browser has started to bet everything on the speed of the presentation of the sites on the screen.

In order to best develop this feature, Chrome has adopted an open source rendering engine, called Blink , which since the browser version 28 has been the heart of the software. Blink comes from a fork of the well-known WebKit and was later adopted by other browsers (Opera, Vivaldi, Silk).

The acceleration that Chrome has impressed on navigation has imposed the speed paradigm also on all browsers that wanted to stay on the market, proving themselves to be competitive with the new leader: Internet Explorer has thus fallen in favor of Edge, while Mozilla and Safari have progressively followed the same footsteps and in a few years the way and the speed of navigation have rapidly reached a new dimension.

Once the browser has been installed, you must log in to fully experience the personalized browser-enabled experience. In doing so, Google can not only find all the information necessary to improve the browser experience, but it can also synchronize the user experience between multiple devices, as well as offer access to the same resources anywhere.

To log in, just have a Google Account , the same one used for example for accessing Gmail’s e-mail. On the same browser it is also possible to load multiple accounts, so as to be able to share the device with several users (useful for example to share a PC at home with the family, or to use multiple aliases on the same mobile device).

Access with account, for example, allows the browser to:

  • advise access to the sites most used by the user
  • synchronize the experience between multiple browsers
  • improve research results
  • recommend the previously visited sites on the address bar
  • manage extensions based on the user’s wishes

For Google it is a powerful tool for collecting data useful for optimizing its services and advertising offer: it is thanks to this exchange between data and advertising (not provided on the browser, but on the search engine) that the Mountain View Group builds its business model and allows the team to continue developing the software over the years.

One of the main features of Google Chrome is that it has transformed the address bar into a search bar over time. Without having to access Google, in fact, it is possible to carry out a search simply by typing the desired terms into the traditional bar: the browse uses what is typed to offer immediate advice, thus guiding the compilation of the search and allowing in many cases immediate access to the resource you are looking for.

The address bar thus passes from being a place to compile the url to a facilitating element that has certainly accelerated online browsing, making it easier to find resources and characterize the experience of Chrome. On the other hand, Google has further centralized users on its search engine, making the most of what has quickly become an indispensable function for users.

Today, many websites allow you to receive notification on each new publication on your browser : a sort of “real time” feed that allows the user to be notified and to be able to view the news of the moment in a small pop-up (with the free possibility to click or ignore the warning).

When these “push” indications start to become too numerous, however, from the utility we pass to the disturbance. Google therefore allows you to manage notifications in complete freedom , deciding in an extremely widespread and transparent manner which notifications to keep and which ones to delete.

How to manage notifications on Google Chrome

To manage notifications on Google Chrome, enabling or disabling the same site by site, it is necessary to enter the browser Settings menu , click on ” Advanced ” and then click on ” Content Settings “. At this point, a final click on the ” Notifications ” item will be sufficient to access the desired page.

For those browsing with Google Chrome, it is sufficient to copy the following link and paste it on your address bar, thus directly accessing the notification management page:

The page allows you to:

  • choose whether to be notified of notifications (strongly recommended option)
  • which resources to block explicitly
  • which resources to explicitly enable

Among the resources typically enabled include Services such as Google Drive or Gmail, ie utility tools whose notifications will always be functional to their activities. In this list there will also be Web sites to which one “subscribes” to receive alerts.

The blocked resources will include the sites that are intended to be deleted from the list of their receptions, thus excluding a reason for disturbance during their daily online activities.

Google has created a special online marketplace for Chrome called the Chrome Web Store .

On the Chrome Web Store you can download and install small software packages that can expand the possibilities allowed by the browser, adding new features that can improve the user experience. These software packages are called extensions .

There are thousands of possible extensions and it is Google’s responsibility to cyclically clean up the marketplace in search of spammers and various types of abuse. Traditional judgments with stars, on the other hand, allow us to vote on extensions to have a judgment of the community that allows us to choose the most valid ones.

Extensions of all kinds exist: from Gmail personalization to PDF management, from the creation of small graphic elements to screenshot management, from social networks to developer tools, through RSS Reader, shopping, calendars, online security, productivity and much more yet. What makes the Chrome Web Store ever richer is the large user base available, which makes the development of Google-made browser tools attractive.

For anyone who wants to change the visual impact of the browser, you can have one of the themes that can be downloaded from the same store on the appropriate page, so as to customize the interface with images and colors to your taste.

To test Chrome tools for developers, simply open any site and then click the F12 button . Chrome DevTools is in fact a bulletin board containing a long series of useful tools both for the developer and for anyone who wants to better understand what’s behind a website.

The tool is very advanced compared to other browsers and allows you to view in a simplified way the code of the page, the CSS code with the possibility of simplified access to the exact point of interest, JavaScript codes and more. Above all, the bulletin board is built in such a way as to allow timely access to resources with extreme ease, simplifying the work of those who are looking for specific details.

Also interesting is the function that allows you to view the site by simulating different widths of the display : this allows you to easily test a page for mobility, so that the development can be simply tested directly to ensure pages are fully compatible with each device and each mode display.

Once again Chrome invites the user to get his hands dirty and the developer to understand, in short, so that the Web can be a resource to be built more than a media to be observed.

Google has included a particular method of accessing the Web with its browser called ” incognito mode ” (accessible both from the menu and through the combination CTRL+Maiusc+N. This mode is visually presented with a dark interface that stands out from the traditional white pages typical of Chrome.

The “incognito” mode allows private browsing . This means that, as Google explains, ” other people who use this device will not see your activities “. However, it is necessary to understand well what this modality is, because too many believe wrongly that they can navigate in this way in full isolation from the outside world. Actually, and Google clearly specifies it:

Chrome does not save the browsing history or information entered in the forms. Cookies and site data are stored while browsing, and then deleted when you leave the incognito mode.

This does not mean that entities able to control the network can “sniff” the navigation data, so the message is clear: simply, the unknown mode allows you to hide from other visitors what you are doing on the browser by accessing it with this mode.

Users who intend to test the impact of the next version of Chrome first have the opportunity to access the so-called ” Chromium ” channel . On this channel, it is possible to access future releases in preview, thus becoming the group’s test tool for assessing the impact of new features and managing any bugs in a controlled manner.

Those who decide to access Chromium releases therefore agree to use a browser not yet available in the official version, thus countersigning the possibility of encountering crashes, vulnerabilities or other problems. A few weeks after the Chromium release, the version becomes official and is released according to traditional channels.

The Chromium.org site is the place where you can find the pre-releases, the related documentation and everything useful to investigate how the Google browser is developed day by day. Those who intend to get on board Google Chrome and savor the news a few weeks before other users, so as to experience the effects while browsing, can download Chromium and use it as a browser, automatically becoming the tester of the new release.

From Chromium to Edge

In 2019 a surprise announcement comes from Microsoft: the Redmond group is preparing to develop a new Edge based on Chromium, therefore on the same basis of development as Chrome. Doing so goes towards the birth of an anti-Chrome that very much resembles the Google browser, which shares the extensions and which reinserts Microsoft in the browser game passing through an alternative way: that of open source.

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