Chrome vs Chromium – What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between Chrome and Chromium? Well, Chromium is the open source part of Chrome, released to open source by Google in 2008. Chromium is available as a standalone browser.

Google’s Chrome browser uses the code from Chromium, and adds some proprietary features:

  • a built-in Flash player (yes, that’s right – Flash is built-in to Chrome)
  • a built-in PDF viewer
  • AAC and MP3 audio support
  • an auto-updater
  • option to report crashes to Google
  • option to report usage stats to Google
  • Google branding
  • RLZ reporting, telling Google from where Chrome was downloaded

You can see a table of differences here: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/wiki/ChromiumBrowserVsGoogleChrome.

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