How many browsers are on your Mac? iPhone? iPad? Each of Apple’s major gadgets comes with Safari, but other browsers– Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and others– are downloaded and installed with ease. A few clicks and you’re done.
From my experience as an inveterate app tester, all major browsers are good; fast, excellent page renders, secure, and packed with so many useful features we seldom know how to use them all. Do we live in the golden age of browsers? Yes. The Google golden age of browsers.
Most of my browsing habits are handled by Safari and Firefox. The former has a sweet and comfortable feel to it, but the latter is faster and far more private than Apple’s browser. Or, Google’s Chrome.
So, how is it that we live in the Google golden age of browsers?
Most browsers in use today across major platforms– Mac and Windows, iOS and Android– use a browser from Google, mostly Chrome. Google’s browser is based on the so-called open-source Chromium project which is available to browser wannabes; they can take Chromium and paste in their own browser logo and name and call it a day.
What other popular browsers use Google’s Chromium?
Brave – Brave is growing in popularity because it is fast and private with built-in ad tracker blockers turned on by default.
Vivaldi – the folks who brought you Opera brings you Vivaldi, and it, too, is a fast and comfortable browser for Mac and Windows, also based upon Chromium.
Opera – one of the earliest browsers ever, one that predates even Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Opera was bought by a Chinese company and now uses Google’s Chromium as the basic engine.
Edge – Microsoft started with Internet Explorer, then decided to go modern with Edge, then decided to jump on Google’s browser gravy train, scrapped their own Edge browser efforts, and adopted Chromium, too.
That leaves the browser universe with three basic platforms one giant, one in the middle, and the best browser far back in last place. Google’s Chromium platform is the largest and most used by far. Apple’s Safari is no slouch, of course, the dominant browser on about 1.5-billion devices. Mozilla’s Firefox, arguably the fastest and most private and secure browser, lives on the tail end of usage.
The golden age of browsers is more like the Google golden age of browsers.