Softpedia has published a great article on Google Chrome and Chromium differences. Worth a read if you are confused.
- the open-source project on which Google Chrome is based;
- bleeding-edge features;
- several binary builds for Windows, Linux and Mac made available each day, sometimes 20 or more;
- not considered stable, don’t blame the developers if it crashes your computer or eats your cat;
Google Chrome dev:
- based on very recent Chromium builds;
- new versions every week or so;
- relatively stable, more like what other companies would consider ‘beta,’ but not stable enough for production use;
- the latest and greatest features and updates; ;
Google Chrome vs Chromium
Another common question concerns the actual differences between Chromium and Google Chrome. In practical terms, they are minor. The short version, Google Chrome is Chromium with a different logo and a slightly different spelling. This is what Google Chrome adds to Chromium builds:
- the Chrome logo and other branding changes;
- an auto-updater which downloads and installs the latest Chrome version from the respective channel;
- an option, enabled by default, to send anonymous usage statistics to Google;
- code to send stats like installs and country info back to Google, no option to disable it;
Furthermore, articles defines Google Chrome dev, beta and stable branches as well as version numbering.
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