MacMost Now 526: Google Chrome Browser

Google's Chrome browser is an interesting alternative to the pre-installed Safari browser. The address field and tabs behave differently and you can extend the browser using Google's web store. Take a look at Chrome and then check it out for yourself.

Video Transcript
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now, on todays episode, let's take a look at Chrome. So if you follow the web browser wars, you may have noticed the newcomer, Google's Chrome browser, has taken 10 percent of the market share in the last year. So right now Internet Explorer is still the dominant one out there, Firefox is number two, and number three, is actualy Chrome, leaving Safari as the fourth most popular browser. Now for Mac users, of course, Safari is still the most popular browser. That's because it comes pre-installed with your Mac, and most people just continue to use it. And it actualy is a very good browser. As a matter fact fact, Chrome and Safari share the same engine for rendering pages, so the base code for both browsers is the same. However, if you're curious you may want to try out Chrome, let me run down some of the ways in which Chrome is different from Safari. So you can see that Chrome has a very different user interface than Safari. For one thing the "tabs" are on top of the toolbar, and ther's also a single field here that you use for both searching, and for addresses. So, for instance, if i were to type MacMost, it'll try to auto-comlete MacMost.com, but you'll notice in the suggestions here, there are both search terms, and addresses. So I can just, search for MacMost by using this field here, or I can jump to a specific address. As i add tabs here, which I'm going to use command, t here to quickly add a tab, as you can see the tabs apear above the toolbar, and as I switch between them, you can see the value of the toolbars change, to reflect which tab I'm on. In fact in Chrome, each of these is kind of like having a seperate browser running, in fact if something crashes in one of these tabs, it won't take the other tabs with it. You can add on to Chrome in a lot of different ways, by going to Google's store, that includes apps, extensions and themes. So a lot of differet apps, they're basicly small applications that run inside the Chrome web browser, for a lot of different purposes. Also extensions for various different things, for things you may want to accomplish, very simmilar to Safari's extensions, and also, themes that you can use to change the design of what Chrome loks like. One of the cool things in Chrome is, it uses Google tranlate to help you translate web pages. So for instance, if I want to go to this Norwegian site here, and you can see that the text is not in English, but at the top of the page it automaticly recognizes that the page is in Norwegian, and asks if I want to translate it. i'll hit the translate button and, and now the text has been tranlated, although a little crudely, into English. Another thing that Chrome does is alow you to sync bookmarks, so you can set up sync here, and it will use a Google account, your Gmail account, to sync bookmarks across Chrome browsers on defferent devices. Now you can do that on Safari, but you need a MobileMe acount. now the question that often comes up is which browsers faster, Safari or Chrome, and you'll find all sorts of opinions, but very little facts. Most people get the feeling that one browser's faster than the other. And they both use the same engine so the speed's going to be about the same. JavaScript's a little different but they keep "leap forgging" each other there. The truth is, whenever you swith to a new browser, on that dosen't have any history, or any data storage with, it's always going to seem alittle faster than the one that you've been using, perhaps for years. For most users, no need to switch from just using Safari, but if you'd like to experience a diferent browser you may want to try downloading Google Chrome, you can do that by going to google.com/chrome. Now if you've got a preference as to whether you like to use Safari or Chrome, I'd love to hear from you. Just leave a coment at this address, at MacMost. Untill next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.

Comments: 22 Responses to “MacMost Now 526: Google Chrome Browser”

    j800r
    3/9/11 @ 11:55 am

    I use RockMelt at the moment for the included social features. RockMelt is Chromium based so it pretty much is Chrome with a few added features. I prefer Chrome for the extensions available but Safari for the UI and Topsites feature. If they ever release the Stylish extension for Safari then I’m going back and never switching. Unfortunately Safari is pretty much the ONLY web browser where it isn’t easy to use custom user styles for websites.

    EdwardTheTechGeek
    3/9/11 @ 12:46 pm

    I thing Google Chrome is a good browser. Safari is too!

    Cyrus Dubash
    3/9/11 @ 2:04 pm

    I have at times tried both. I love the Safari Interphase that is very neat !

    Speed wise as you said chrome seemed faster perhaps because it was the the new browser without history and caches.

    But I would go with Safari any day !

    :)

    besweeet
    3/9/11 @ 2:13 pm

    I *love* Chrome. I was originally pressured into using it, but I’m glad that I was. Safari is okay, but native syncing is what keeps me as a Chrome user.

    Cyrus Dubash
    3/9/11 @ 2:18 pm

    I thing the READER feature of Safari is superb ! Doubt a lot of people notice it ! if they use it, they will love it too !

      j800r
      3/9/11 @ 3:21 pm

      I agree. Reader is a cool little feature. Plus nobody does topsites quite like Safari. As I’ve said, if there was a Stylish for Safari then it’d be the only browser I’d ever use.

    Futuresonic
    3/9/11 @ 4:03 pm

    I much prefer chrome for its usability. I was an avid firefox user for a long time but tried chrome and made the switch. I mainly like the unified URL/search field rather than having to tab to a search box.
    Although i am google for everything else so made sense to use the browser too.

    djk
    3/10/11 @ 10:36 am

    For me Safari is very good and Chrome is a little better, in many ways. Most of all I like the syncing of Chrome across all three of the computers I use (work pc, home mac and bootcamp pc). It is very seamless. Some of the Chrome apps are fairly cool also.

    Motesor
    3/10/11 @ 11:34 am

    We are senior’s and virtually computer illiterate but do enjoy your video’s tutorials and help features. I am confused about Chrome vrs. Safari? I used Safari and then downloaded Google Chrome to try. I now have Safari as well as Google Chrome on my dock and can load up either one. Safari indicates that it is running Google Chrome from it’s home page but if I run Google chrome from the dock It is different with added features such as ( It remembers the font size I use (larger) because of our vision) and Safari does not seem to remember this also (the Tabs feature you showed in your Video only seems to be available on Google Chrome and not Safari running Chrome). My question is Are they all different? Safari, Safari running Chrome, and Google Chrome ?

      3/10/11 @ 1:53 pm

      I’m not sure what you are seeing as “Safari running Chrome” — that doesn’t make sense. Perhaps you are just using one or the other but it is showing you the homepage from Chrome?

    Richard
    3/10/11 @ 11:59 am

    Right now, on my Macs, my favorite browser is Firefox. What I particularly like about Firefox is its way of managing bookmarks, its many extensions, and the way it works nicely with Xmarks.

    Having said that, I do try a variety of browsers in any given week, using and liking both Chrome and Safari too.

    Luke Thomas
    3/10/11 @ 12:45 pm

    Great video Gary!

    John Tomlinson
    3/10/11 @ 1:47 pm

    Any chance you could do a feature on iCab? It is my favourite browser.

    Bob W
    3/10/11 @ 3:35 pm

    We are firmly in the Safari camp (easy, reliable updates, rare to never crashes, READER!) Most Google apps I use are very attractive concepts and most functions, but keeping them up to date is not as easy as “Software Update”. I tried Chrome briefly and the differences from Safari offered little to me other than another learning curve, which I would rather invest in other new and more different hardware of software.

    Bob W
    3/10/11 @ 3:38 pm

    Whoops- I forgot to thank you, Gary, for you excellent video series!

    BillW
    3/10/11 @ 3:50 pm

    The main reason I like to use Chrome as my favourite browser is the 2 in one search bar. It is so much easier to use, I wish safari would implement that.

    //Sub/Corpus
    3/10/11 @ 5:09 pm

    Chrome user!
    Love your videos :)

    Frank K
    3/12/11 @ 1:53 am

    Would like to try Chrome and also register at the itunes store but when I started reading the contract that you have to sign I got put off by the insistence of agreeing to allow them to nose around and spying into my oomputer. I use Safari most of the time, but when it gets hung up and never completes downloading a Youtube video, I use Firefox to be able to watch, such as this MacMost 526 right now.

    Matt
    3/14/11 @ 10:05 pm

    I really like Chrome. I’ve tried Safari and did try to use it for a while, but kept coming back to Chrome. I like the tabs better on top. Easier to “unhook” tabs and browser windows and move them around. Love the search bar feature in address bar. I did notice that Chrome seems to crash once in a while and gotta kill the pages, but rare. Overall, like it, but still prefer the look and feel of Safari. If Safari had some of the same features, I’d switch back.

    Glenn
    3/25/11 @ 10:08 am

    In trying to speed up my machine I noticed in my Activity Monitor Chrome & Safari are heavy users of Real Memory & Virtual Memory, is this correct? Are there other configurations of these browsers that use less memory or better use of memory?

      3/25/11 @ 10:09 am

      Browsers will use a lot of memory, yes. But they will adjust depending on what you have available too. So I wouldn’t focus on them too much.

    Richard24
    4/10/11 @ 5:42 am

    Google Chrome seems to have little more snap to it. But I still use Safari sometimes. Nice video..

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