Got a browser? Yes. That’s how we, well, browse the interwebs. Among the major browsers, there are some major names. Apple’s Safari runs on about 1.5-billion devices. Google’s Chrome runs on most of the rest, all over Android, of course, and most of Windows, too. That’s only two major browsers. #3 is Mozilla’s fine Firefox platform; easily the fastest, most secure, and most private of the major browsers.
Three plays with entirely different market share usage numbers. Hey, wait a minute? What about Microsoft’s Internet Explorer? That’s huge, too, right?
Wrong. Internet Explorer lives, yes, but died as an influential and much-used browser a few years ago, thanks to Google’s Chrome taking over Windows. You see, Google’s Chrome comes from an Open Source project called Chromium. Safari is based on Apple’s WebKit project. Mozilla’s Firefox lives on its own platform. The rest of the browser world has adopted Google’s Chromium, therefore, they are Chrome-like.
Microsoft ditched its own browser project and adopted Chromium as the basic engine in Edge, its own new browser.
That means the world has three major browser platforms but only one of them is major. The rest are in a distant second place and a very distant third place. Among other brand named browsers, there’s the famous Opera, one of the first browsers to gain worldwide recognition.
Opera is based on Chromium.
Opera’s developers decided to create another browser and launched Vivaldi, which runs on Mac and Windows PCs. It’s a decent browser; fast, easily customized, more private and secure than Chrome.
Vivaldi is based on Chromium.
My favorite browser newcomer is Brave which features a built-in ad tracker blocker, tracker blocker, and even cookie blocking as the default. Brave, as it is with Mozilla’s Firefox, is fast, private, and secure.
Brave is based on Chromium.
See the problem here? There was a time when both Apple and Google shared the Open Source WebKit engine, but Google went on its own, Apple stuck with Safari on macOS and iOS (but dropped Safari on Windows).
To be fair, all these browsers, regardless of which engine is used, are fast and feature-packed; Google being the worst power hog offender, Firefox being the best, and everything else in-between.
Among these browsing monsters, I use Firefox and Safari, then dabble in Brave, Vivaldi, and Edge on the Mac. No Google Chrome.