Afrikaans, Amharic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (PRC), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (AU), English (UK), English (US), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French (Canada), French (France), German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), Swahili, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Zulu,, based on open source components. Website Google Chrome (commonly known simply as Chrome) is a developed. It was first released in September 2008, for, and was later to,, and. Google Chrome is also the main component of, where it serves as a platform for running. Google releases the majority of Chrome's source code as the project; however, Chrome itself is proprietary software. One component that is not open-source is the built-in (that Chrome has disabled by default since September 2016 ). Qt Based Software. Chrome used the until version 27.
Distributing Products Built for Chrome; What Is the Chrome Web. Use the chrome.browser API to interact with the Chrome browser. Google Terms of. Google Chrome is a fast, free web browser. Before you download, you can check if Chrome supports your operating system and you have all the other system requirements. Learn about Chrome Browser and modern Chrome devices, such as Chromebooks, Chromebits, and Chromeboxes, from Google. Chrome is fast, simple, and secure.
As of version 28, all Chrome ports except the iOS port use, a of the WebKit engine. As of 2018, estimates that Google Chrome has a 66% worldwide as a desktop browser. It also has 56% market share across all platforms combined, because it has over 50% share on smartphones; and thus Chrome is the most used browser in virtually all countries (most exceptions in Africa). Its success has led to Google expanding the 'Chrome' brand name on various other products such as,,,, and. See also: Google CEO opposed the development of an independent web browser for six years. He stated that 'at the time, Google was a small company,' and he did not want to go through 'bruising.'
After co-founders and hired several developers and built a demonstration of Chrome, Schmidt admitted that 'It was so good that it essentially forced me to change my mind.' Rumors of Google building a web browser first appeared in September 2004.
Online journals and U.S. Newspapers stated at the time that Google was hiring former Microsoft web developers among others. It also came shortly after the final 1.0 release of Mozilla Firefox, which was surging in popularity and taking market share from, which was suffering from major security problems.
Announcement [ ] The release announcement was originally scheduled for September 3, 2008, and a comic by was to be sent to journalists and bloggers explaining the features within the new browser. Copies intended for Europe were shipped early and blogger of made a scanned copy of the 38-page comic available on his website after receiving it on September 1, 2008. Google subsequently made the comic available on and mentioned it on their official blog along with an explanation for the early release.