What is Google Chrome?
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It is freeware available to everyone for download and use. It is a FOSS (Free and open-source software), and hence total transparency is maintained regarding its source code. Anyone willing to modify, use or study the source code is more than welcome.
Why has Chrome gained popularity?
Chrome gained popularity because of its features, which overcome most of the browsing problems. It offers features such as bookmarks and setting synchronization, enables syncing via linking Google account, helps maintain security through passwords management, malware blocking, etc. It also offers privacy by its Incognito Mode, where the browsing is not tracked or shown in history. Chrome browser has a Task Manager of its own that allows you to see the memory and CPU usage of each tab/plug-in. You can open it by clicking Shift-Esc from within Chrome.
The ease of use and hustle-free fast browsing offers by Google Chrome makes it the most loved browser over the web owning around 68% of worldwide Browser market Share on PCs. Extensions are another facility which is of great use to expand the usage of Chrome. Thus, it is an easy to use, rapid and secure browser to use.
What is Chrome OS?
Chrome OS is an operating system available on internet and it is designed by Google itself. Chrome OS is based upon the Linux- kernel technology. Linux- Kernel is an open-source OS and operates on a large scale of working devices having internet connection. The user interface used by Chrome OS is Google Chrome, and initially, it was acquired from Chromium OS, which was also free of cost.
The project of the development of Chrome OS was declared in the year 2009 in July. It was planned to be designed so data from both ends, i.e., User and Application, would be stored on the Cloud. It means that it would essentially run web applications. The very first device to operate with Chrome OS as its operating system was the Chromebook. Chromebook is a netbook that is an inexpensive small laptop with limited functionality and used to access the web. It launched in May 2011 and was mainly shipped by brands like Samsung and Acer.
Initially, it only supported Chrome apps, but since the year 2004, android applications have also been allowed for the OS. It has a consolidated file manager and media player. Along with such developments, Project Crostini was also released as a part of Chrome OS 69's Stable version. After this release, Chrome OS started supporting Linux terminals and applications.
The idea to create Chrome OS was taken from Web centric trend of computing that is being followed since the 1990s. Conventional operating systems require a lot of work in terms of time and storage complexity. Managing and securing the OS, along with keeping it updated and handling its drivers, is a handful of jobs. Chrome OS remodels this conventional design of the existing operating systems. Overall, Chrome OS is developed over open-source Linux- Kernal technology combined with Google Chrome, a media player and file manager.
Features of Chrome OS
Chrome OS possesses some unique attributes that are discussed below: