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Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google that was first released in September 2008 for Microsoft Windows, later ported to macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android. It is also the main component of Chrome OS, where it serves as a platform for running web apps.

Google releases a majority of the browser's source code as the Chromium open-source project.[Citation needed] Until version 27, Chrome used the WebKit layout engine; starting with version 28, all Chrome ports except the iOS port use a fork of the WebKit engine called Blink.

Google Chrome has a large portion of the world usage share of web browsers,[Citation needed] and its success has led to Google expanding the "Chrome" brand name to various other products such as the Chromecast, Chromebook, and Chromebox.


An announcement was made on Google's blog on September 1, 2008, with a beta version of the browser being released the next day that supported 43 languages and ran on Windows XP onward.[1] Chrome became a stable public release on December 11, 2008.

Chrome quickly gained around 1% usage share before hitting a low of 0.69% in October 2008. By December 2008 it had again passed the 1% threshold.[Citation needed]

In early January 2009, CNET reported that Google planned to release versions of Chrome for OS X and Linux in the first half of the year. Developer previews of the browser for OS X and Linux were announced on June 4, 2009 with a blog post[Citation needed] saying they were missing many features and were intended for early feedback instead of general use.

In December 2009, Google released beta versions of Chrome for OS X and Linux,[Citation needed] and Google Chrome 5.0 was released on May 25, 2010 – the first stable release to support all three platforms.[Citation needed]

In 2010, Google Chrome was one of the twelve browsers offered to European Economic Area users of Microsoft Windows in 2010.

On February 7, 2012, Google launched a beta version of Chrome for Android 4.0 devices. On many new devices with Android 4.1 and later preinstalled, Chrome is the default browser.[Citation needed]



Chrome runs on:


Main article: Google Chrome for Android

Chrome OS

Main article: Chrome OS






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