4 Google Chrome Features That You Will Not See in Chromium


Well, if you were not aware of this yes yet, Chromium the open source version of Google’s Chrome browser does not support all the features that Chrome support. What’s missing in Chromium ? Read more !  Please note that this comparison is between Chrome and Chromium on Linux installations.

1. Crash Reporting and User  Metrics

Google Chrome has an inbuilt crash reporting option which will collect the information for the developers to figure out what went wrong, and fix it in later releases. It also has a user metrics, if turned on, helps Google collect more statistical about Chrome users. These two features are not part of the Chromium browser. Well, nothing to worry here right  ? Okay, lets move ahead.

2. Video and audio tags H.264, AAC, MP3, Vorbis

Google Chrome supports H.264, AAC, MP3, Vorbis and Theora by default. However, Chromium supports only Vorbis and Theora by default. This varies by distro: Ubuntu Chromium ships the two flavors, Fedora Chromium removes support completely . On Ubuntu, you will see most of the things working.

3. Adobe Flash – Chrome Has a Custom Inbuilt Plugin

Chrome has an inbuilt flash plugin. This is customized for Chrome. Chromium supports NPAPI plugins, including the one from Adobe.

4. PDF Support – Chromium Does Not Have Inbuilt PDF Viewer.

Google Chrome has an inbuilt PDF viewer which lets you view PDF files in a browser tab without downloading them. However Chromium downloads and displays with system PDF viewer.

There are alternate ways for you get these things working in Chromium. Find more about them here and here. I am working on more articles on this to get you more info on how to get these features working on Chromium too. Stay tuned !!

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Just Me 21/11/2010, 2:34 am

    You missed number 5: no autoupdate 😉

  • Dating Ireland 18/02/2011, 9:28 pm

    And a nice colourful logo.
    The libpdf.so is compatible with chromium, so copying it over /usr/lib/chromium-browser/ should work.