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4 alternative browsers based on Google Chrome

4 alternative browsers based on Google Chrome

All new browsers are based on the open source Chromium engine and have various degrees of tweaks to Google's browser as well as a new logo.

I have been using the Rockmelt browser for some years now. Based on the Chromium engine that powers Chrome, this browser was different due to its integration with Facebook. But Rockmelt shut down on July 31, triggering my quest for a new browser. Everyone has Internet Explorer (or Safari) as default, most of us use Chrome for browsing and the power users have always liked Firefox. Of this lot, Chrome is undoubtedly the most versatile and the fastest. Firefox has been a bit lost for the past couple of years. But I chose to stay clear of the big three. I am adventurous enough to try something new. I realised that all new browsers are based on the open source Chromium engine and have various degrees of tweaks to Google's browser as well as a new logo. Here are four Chromium-based browsers that we thought you should try.

This browser has been there for almost two decades. Opera was the first to introduce speed dial and this feature is still its most popular one. So on the home screen you have tabs of your favourite pages and you can open them in one click. It also supports extensions. Though it does not have the numbers on the Chrome store, it still has the most popular ones like Evernote and Pocket. I liked Opera also for its fluid, no-nonsense design that makes it easy to navigate pages. Then there is the Stash feature where all your important pages are saved for easy review. There is also a magazinelike discover mode to browse through the latest posts from top sites.
Works for: Those who like clean designs.

Comodo Dragon
This browser is a lot like Chrome, but lets users opt out of a lot of Google features like user tracking, intuitive search and crash reports. Those logging in with a Dragon account can even use a dedicated DNS for all their activities online, though that might prevent you from opening certain sites. The default page here is Yahoo! and it is pretty tough to get rid of that. There are good extensions like Comodo Web Inspector that lets you scan a link before opening it and Privydog that keeps out ads and other threats. The rest of the experience is very similar to Chrome.
Works for: Power users.

Torch looks a lot like Chrome. This one too has a speed dial page with a search bar just above. What sets Torch apart are the handful of extensions that come preloaded. For instance, there is Torch Music where you can find a great collection of international playlists to listen to Kenny G or Kenny Rogers as you browse. Another extension lets you open torrents directly, while Hola for Torch lets you open websites that are blocked in your country. The media download button lets you save YouTube videos to your computer in one click.
Works for: Media junkies.

This one works best when you have logged into Facebook. No, it does not rise to the level of Rockmelt's social browsing concept, but it tries to come close. This one has a Facebook bar on the left of the screen that keeps buzzing with your Facebook feeds. However, the social experience here is limited to Facebook and the entire experience is frustratingly slow at times. The browser also groups tabs into recommended, recently closed and categories, all on one page. We are not sure everyone will like the experience though.
Works for: Facebook fanbois