Google Chrome is a freeware web browser[9] developed by Google. It used the WebKit layout engine until version 27 and, with the exception of its iOS releases, from version 28 and beyond uses the WebKit fork Blink.[10][11][12] It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and as a stable public release on December 11, 2008.
Net Applications has indicated that Chrome is the third-most popular web browser when it comes to the size of its user base, behind Internet
Explorer and Firefox.[13] StatCounter, however, estimates that Google Chrome has a 39% worldwide usage share of web browsers, making it the most widely used web browser in the world.[14]
Google Chrome aims to be secure, fast, simple[133] and stable. There are extensive differences from its peers in Chrome's minimalistic user interface,[21] which is atypical of modern web browsers.[134] For example, Chrome does not render RSS feeds.[135] One of Chrome's strengths is its application performance and JavaScript processing speed, both of which were independently verified by multiple websites to be the swiftest among the major browsers of its time.[136][137] Many of Chrome's unique features had been previously announced by other browser developers, but Google was the first to implement and publicly release them.[138] For example, a prominent graphical user interface (GUI) innovation, the merging of the address bar and search bar (the Omnibox), was first announced by Mozilla in May 2008 as a planned feature for Firefox.[139] Both Internet Explorer 9 and Safari (version 6) have since merged the search and address bar.

Chrome Web Store

Announced on December 7, 2010, the Chrome Web Store allows users to install web applications as extensions to the browser, although most of these function simply as links to popular web pages  and/or games, but some of the apps like Springpad do provide extra features like offline access. The themes and extensions have also been tightly integrated into the new store, allowing users to search the entire catalog of Chrome extras.[216]
The Chrome Web Store was opened on February 11, 2011 with the release of Google Chrome 9.0.[217]


On September 9, 2009, Google enabled extensions by default on Chrome's Dev channel, and provided several sample extensions for testing.[218] In December, the Google Chrome extension gallery beta began with over 300 extensions.[34][219]
Along with Google Chrome 4.0, the extension gallery was officially launched on January 25, 2010, containing over 1500 extensions.[220]
As of February 4, 2011, the extension gallery featured more than 11,500 extensions,[221] including official extensions from the Independent,[222] CEOP,[223] Transport for London,[224] Cricinfo,[225] Web of Trust (WOT)[226] and FIFA.[227]
Many Chrome extensions, once installed, have access to the user's data. There are three levels of permissions that an app or extension may request.[228]


Starting with Google Chrome 3.0, users can install themes to alter the appearance of the browser.[229] Many free third-party themes are provided in an online gallery,[230] accessible through a "Get themes" button in Chrome's options.[231]


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