What's the difference between Google Chrome and Chromium?

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asked Sep 2, 2011 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
The question answers it all.

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answered Sep 2, 2011 by Jackster1337 (8,481 points)
I think Chromium is made by an open source group. And Chrome is made by Google?
commented Sep 2, 2011 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Thanks for the answer.
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answered Sep 2, 2011 by Pizzscn (1,546 points)
Chrome is based off of Chromium.
commented Sep 2, 2011 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Thanks dude, it even said it on the website :D
commented Sep 2, 2011 by Jackster1337 (8,481 points)
Shows how much I know about Chrome.
commented Sep 2, 2011 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
Dude I didn't even know about that.
commented Sep 2, 2011 by Pizzscn (1,546 points)
You're fine dude haha.  The majority of Chrome users don't even know what Chromium is.
commented Sep 2, 2011 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
What does Google Chrome Canary do?
commented Sep 2, 2011 by Pizzscn (1,546 points)
I don't know haha
commented Sep 3, 2011 by hansring (1,381 points)
Google Chrome Canary is a daily build of Chrome. Before they send out updates to Chrome, they test them on Canary, then on the Dev build, and even then on the Beta build before going to the actual Chrome release. Canary is usually updated every day and barely even tested before going out. Your can read more [here][1].

  [1]: http://www.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel
commented Sep 3, 2011 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
So could you use Canary instead of Beta for daily use?
commented Sep 3, 2011 by hansring (1,381 points)
Canary installs it self alongside any other Chrome build and remains completely separate. So you can have Canary and also Dev, Beta, or Stable. Since it is  not tested before going out, I would recommend having another release channel as well just in case the latest Canary build is crap.
commented Sep 3, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
Canary is just one of the code names for the most cutting-edge version of Google Chrome, even spiffier than the developer builds. It's called Canary because like the canaries used by coal miners as an early-warning system because they died easily, Google can kill the fork off quickly if they decide it's not ready for the developers.
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answered Sep 2, 2011 by Duodave (4,646 points)
Google Chrome has several things Chromium doesn't.

 1. Google Chrome has an optional program for reporting bugs and browsing habits. Many people don't like the idea of Google peeking in. Google Chrome also has an auto-updater so you always have the most recent version of the program, chromium does not.

 2. Google says they "test" their versions extensively before releasing them to the general public. You don't necessarily know what kind of testing happens with open source builds of Chromium.

 3. since the "Canary" build of Google Chrome, you can associate your Google Chrome with a google profile. I'm not sure if Chromium does that. I don't think it does.

 4. You're forced to use the Google installer that downloads a downloader rather than downloading a huge all-in-one install. So, you can't really download Google Chrome then like, install it offline. Chromium packages it all in one.

 5. Oh, if you really want to you can build your own Chromium. Change stuff, do your own Joe-Blow Browser. What fun.

Other than that, they run the same extensions, themes and plugins, you can get recent release candidates of each, they are very similar. Note that even though Safari is also based on webkit, Chromium and Google Chrome are much more advanced in development.
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answered Sep 3, 2011 by windowstechtalker (641 points)
Brandon did a video on the Lockergnome channel about it. Chris also did one as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik7QS8F5K6s (Brandon's)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLIakDyzYsw (Chris')
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