While most of us are currently using Google Chrome, we generally don’t bother much to switch to new browsers because Google Chrome provides high performance and is easy to use. Despite knowing Google Chrome uses as much RAM available in your PC, it also lacks several features that we cannot be replaced using the extensions.
Since Chrome is built on an open-source project, anyone with Chromium Project source code can build a new browser like Google Chrome or a better one.
In this article, we are going to introduce five such Chromium based browsers with extra features and way much better than Google Chrome. If you think Google Chrome is invading your privacy and using a lot of RAM, then try any one of these Chromium based browsers.
Best Chromium Based Browsers
Microsoft Edge is the newest member of the Chromium browser family. It was released on January 15, 2020. The updated Microsoft Edge is built using the source codes of Chromium Project but is completely redesigned and enhanced by the engineers at Microsoft.
The new Microsoft Edge browser comes with strict privacy and security measures for users. Microsoft Edge is designed to detect and block trackers so that websites may not collect data about your browsing behavior. Microsoft Edge comes with Microsoft Defender SmartScreen built-in to protect you against phishing or malware websites, and from downloading potentially malicious files.
Microsoft Defender SmartScreen is turned on by default in Microsoft Edge. Browser is also integrated with Microsoft 365 which makes it easier to collect, organize, share, and export web content to Microsoft Office Products like Word or Excel.
Brave is an open-source Chromium-based web browser that cares about user’s security and privacy by blocking ads and trackers. Unlike other browsers, “Private Mode” in Brave let’s use Onion Routing Features of Tor Project right from the tab.
Using Tor not only hides your history, but it also hides your current location and masks it from the sites you visit by routing your browsing through several servers before it reaches your destination. These connections are encrypted to increase anonymity.
If you really want to experience web browsing with better privacy and improved security measures, then Brave is the perfect choice for you. It supports both desktop and mobile platforms.
Vivaldi is a freeware, cross-platform web browser based on Chromium developed by Vivaldi Technologies. Vivaldi is the newest big player in the browser market with the stable version released in April 2016.
Vivaldi has a minimalistic user interface with basic icons and fonts, and a color scheme that changes based on the background and design of the web page being visited. The browser also allows users to customize the appearance of UI elements such as background color, overall theme, address bar and tab positioning, and start pages. And browser also supports Google Chrome browser extensions. And it is currently available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Other features includes — mouse and rocker gestures, tab stacking, tiling, cycling, hibernating and preview options, page actions including CSS debugger, content blocker, color filters, Side Panel to view bookmarks, notes, downloads and web pages, custom keyboard shortcuts and quick commands, save and load all tabs in a custom session, reading view mode and lots more.
Torch — another Chromium based web browser and Internet suite developed by Torch Media. Torch is now compatible with all add-ons and extensions available in the Chrome store. It is available to Windows and Mac OS X platforms.
Features include — built-in BitTorrent client, media grabber, a free social music discovery service that organizes music videos available on YouTube in a user-friendly interface, ability to customize the look and feel of users’ Facebook pages using pre-set themes and also have an embedded player to stream torrents downloaded before the download is completed.
Epic is a privacy-centric Chromium-based anonymous web browser developed by Hidden Reflex. It is the first web browser from India.
The browser is powered with several pre-installed widgets such as social networking, chat clients and email facilities integrated into the browser. Epic is currently available for Windows and Mac OS X, with support for other operating systems expected.
Epic’s default configuration takes a proactive approach to ensuring that session data (such as cookies, history, and cache) are removed when the browser is exited. The browser also includes a proxy service that can be enabled at the user’s discretion and is automatically enabled when using a search engine. With these features, you don’t have to use any browser add-ons or VPN or change settings into the incognito mode to maintain your privacy.
Other features, such as preferring SSL connections and always sending a Do Not Track header, promote a heightened state of privacy in comparison to some other browsers. Also, supplementary services found in the Chromium browser that send data to external servers, such as address bar suggestion and installation tracking, are removed in Epic to reduce the scope of potential data leakage.
SlimBrowser is a tabbed multiple-site Chromium based web browser from FlashPeak that uses the Microsoft Trident layout engine. Since V6.0, SlimBrowser has adopted a multi-process architecture to improve stability and eliminate performance restrictions associated with traditional single-process browsers.
It incorporates a large collection of features like built-in popup killer, skinned window frame, form filler, site group, quick-search, auto login, hidden sites, built-in commands and scripting, online translation, script error suppression, blacklist/whitelist filtering, and URL Alias.
If I missed any Chromium-based browser, don’t forget to suggest other Chromium based browsers that could be a part of this list.