When it comes to streaming any kind of content – be it movies, tv shows, music, podcasts, cartoons, sports games, what have you – one of the first things that you need to consider is which web browser is going to be best able to provide you with an enjoyable and unencumbered streaming experience? People may not talk about it every day, but the web browser is arguably the most valuable tool for establishing a worries-free online experience.
Each web browser has its strengths and its weaknesses. For example, the Tor browser is unrivaled when it comes to protecting your privacy, keeping your online activity completely under wraps; however, this comes at the price of speed. Anyone who has spent any time on Tor will tell you, it is far from ideal, speed-wise, especially if your main goal is to stream video content. If you love to stream, you need a browser that can handle it. You need a browser that is both rugged and durable – one that isn’t going to crash under the megabits that streaming entails, but also will not slow down whatever else you may want to accomplish while you watch.
And when it comes to the great debate on which web browser is the best, everyone knows that there are only really 2 serious contenders: Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. In fact, the debate is reminiscent of the age-old Mac vs. PC debate. People tend to swear by one camp or the other, no matter what. Even though, at the end of the day, one is probably not all too much better than the other. Chances are, people simply privilege one over the other due to personal taste in terms of aesthetics, experience, etc.
That’s just my guess, though. My instinct. Perhaps Chrome is somehow objectively better than Firefox. Or vice versa. There’s only one way to find out, once and for all, right? We must take a scientific look at each one and decide, once and for all, which web browser wins the war. Let’s start out by investigating Google Chrome today, see how it handles our streaming needs, shall we?
Google is a tech company that, obviously, needs no introduction. We all know and use Google, in one way or another, every single day (even if we aren’t aware that we are doing so). And, interestingly enough, Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt was vehemently opposed to even entertaining a web browser for a long time. For six years, he was adamant. He said, once upon a time, that “Google was a small company,” and that he did not wish to endure “bruising browser wars.”
However, eventually, Google’s co-founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page hired several Mozilla Firefox developers into the Google fold. These Mozilla developers quickly built a running demonstration of what would wind up becoming Chrome. And, almost immediately, Schmidt admitted that the demo of Chrome “was so good that it essentially forced me to change my mind.” Rumors of Google’s super-secret web browser began spreading like wildfire in 2004.
It wasn’t until September of 2008 that the official announcement was to be scheduled. The announcement was done through the release of a comic book that was sent to journalists and bloggers. The comic book explained the way that Chrome worked and, like a superhero, why it was superior to the rest.
The browser officially released to the public on September 2nd, 2008, and it quickly gained traction. The browser quickly acquired 1% of total internet users. And over the years, it has expanded to be compatible with all operating systems, including iOS and Android. And, of course, the rest, as they say … is history. Today, Chrome is arguably the most popular and widely used web browser, competing back and forth with Mozilla Firefox.
I am a fan of the way that Google Chrome is designed. It feels very intuitive and user-friendly to me. But, then again, I should probably note that I have been a Chrome user for almost a decade now, so, I might be a little biased.
Opening a new tab is as simple as hitting the command “CTRL+T.” Or, of course, you can just click the new tab button up at the top of the browser (next to your most recent tab). Chrome has a very organized structure for customizing bookmarks, allowing you to quickly archive sites and rearrange the orders of them. If there is a site you visit often, simply put it at the top of your bookmarks list and Chrome will make a little icon for it for easy access.
Simply type anything that you want into the browser bar – it doubles as a Google search bar, making the internet easier than ever to navigate. Plus, the browser is especially streamlined for all of your Google accounts across all devices. It couldn’t be any easier.
Well, I suppose I’ve already started touching upon this just a second ago. But there is more, of course, that Google Chrome offers. There are thousands of add-ons, for instance, with new ones being developed every day. Block ads and completely customize your web browser experience to fit your unique browsing needs.
Plus, if you don’t Chrome to keep detailed records of your browsing history (which can actually really come in handy), you can simply activate Incognito mode, which provides you a little cloak of stealth while you browse. This isn’t going to provide the same level of privacy that a VPN will, but it certainly can’t hurt. Especially if your history is your main concern.
One of my favorite features on Google Chrome, though, is the fact that you can search something on your laptop, leave the house, and then continue your search, pick up right where you left off when you pick up your iPhone or Android device.
Desktop and Mobile Experience
Chrome is just as good on your computer as it is as an app. In fact, if you are an iPhone user like me, I highly recommend that you stop using Safari today and switch over to the Chrome app. You will not be disappointed, trust me … especially if you plan on downloading Chrome for your desktop computer. The streamlined experience is unrivaled.
Pricing and Plans
Perhaps the best part of Google Chrome is the fact that it is 100% free. It is not a freemium service, there are no blockades or paywalls to contend with, no ads to swat away (well, save for the ads on the sites that you visit). Simply download Google Chrome today and start getting the most out of the internet, free of charge.
That being said, regarding the ads, there are great extensions for Chrome, such as AdBlock, that do a bang-up job at getting rid of a majority of the ads that can plague your web browsing experience. Many of these are also free (with the option to upgrade).
Suggestions that I have for Google Chrome
I guess the main thing that I would like to see from Google Chrome would be the introduction of even more hotkeys. When drafting emails, for instance, or inserting any kind of text, I would love to be able to simply hit “CTRL+Z” to undo something, the way you would on, say, Microsoft Word. The same would be true for accidentally exiting out of a tab. The ability to quickly undo such things would be awesome. This would make for an even more immersive and convenient web browsing experience if you ask me. I know it’s not a huge issue, but I suppose that is a testament to how good this web browser truly is.
All in all, if you are looking for a dependable and fast web browser to make streaming your favorite movies, shows, and music as easy as it should be, Google Chrome is the surefire way to go. It won’t get overwhelmed and it can shoulder even simultaneous streams across multiple tabs. Add in the fact that you can pick up right where you left off when you leave your desktop computer and continue browsing on your phone and you may have just found yourself the perfect web browser, no matter what you will primarily use it for.
Can we confidently say that Google Chrome has won the browser wars, once and for all? Well, not until we officially contrast Chrome with Firefox … but it does stand a very good chance at taking the number one spot!