Google Chrome (commonly known simply as Chrome) is a freeware web browser developed by Google LLC. It was first released in September 2008, for Microsoft Windows, and was later ported to Linux, macOS, iOS and Android. Google Chrome is also the main component of Chrome OS, where it serves as a platform for running web apps.
Google releases the majority of Chrome’s source code as the Chromium open-source project; however, Chrome itself is proprietary software. One component that is not open-source is the built-in Adobe Flash Player (that Chrome has disabled by default since September 2016). Chrome used the WebKit layout engine until version 27. As of version 28, all Chrome ports except the iOS port use Blink, a fork of the WebKit engine.
As of 2018, StatCounter estimates that Google Chrome has a 66% worldwide usage share of web browsers 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 Chrome OS, Chromecast, Chromebook, Chromebit, Chromebox and Chromebase.
Google is rolling out a new Chrome design ‘across all operating systems’ next month
Google is preparing to release a new Chrome Material Design refresh next month. “Chrome Browser will have a new design across all operating systems,” reveals Google in its latest Chrome enterprise release notes. That new design will debut in the Chrome 69 release, which is currently scheduled to release on September 4th.
Chrome’s new desktop design will include a more rounded and whiter appearance, but the mobile version of Chrome has been majorly redesigned on iOS. Google is moving the navigation controls to the bottom of the screen, making it far easier to use in one hand or with an extra tall display. You can already enable some of the changes in the current Chrome 68 release for both desktop and mobile.
Chrome 69 will also include Windows 10 notification support, touchpad gesture navigation on Windows 10, and general autofill improvements.