Google Chrome is an established browsing solution that seeped into the hearts of all tech consumers worldwide. The shear efficiency provided by the browser in relation to the reasonable resource consumption make it the top choice on any platform is available on. However, just because something is very good doesn’t mean it can’t be replaced. Today we are looking at a few browser alternatives that might work for you when you feel like switching it up.
To make it even more interesting, we’re going to give Google home field advantage and see how these browser fare against Chrome on its native ChromeOS platform for Chromebook devices.
While in terms of performance Mozilla manages to keep up pretty well with Chrome and not fall extensively behind, it completely sinks the boat when it comes to utility.
In an ecosystem based on efficiency and multi-tasking, the lack of screen snapping is quite daunting. What that means is that users can’t snap the Firefox window to the one side of the screen and use the other half for another app. To add to that, Firefox only supports touch screen commands on Chromebooks which pretty much hinders users from accessing the full capabilities of the device.
Opera Mini manages to do a great job on the ChromeOS platform, with impressive rendering capabilities. With extensive plugin support and a baked-in adblocker, Opera Mini makes sure that users can efficiently browse with the right set of tools at their disposal.
The stability is great, although Firefox did not present any stability issues either, and it lets you have full control of your device, meaning there’s no touch screen limited action here. The only down side might be the same with Firefox, which is the inability to resize the window to your own will.
Dolphin Browser has been a popular browser alternative for Chrome for a long time, and it carries on to the ChromeOS platform. Dolphin manages to maintain all its pros when tested on the Chromebook platform, offering great functionality and features.
One of its most representative features is the use of touch gestures which allow you to input different commands (like opening a specific website or accessing a specific browser feature) by drawing on the screen. You can create a personalized symbol for each action, making it the browser equivalent of the Swipe feature found on digital keyboards.
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