The browser battle is on and the biggest players are Firefox and Chrome. These two rivals however are not equals. Firefox was released in 2002 while Chrome was launched in 2008. It seems that Mozilla has a lot more experience when it comes to surfing the web but Google shaped the internet as we know it today which gives them a slight advantage. When put side by side there are some discreet differences that sets them apart but who comes on top?
For most part he features of the browsers are fairly similar. Both support tabbed browsing, have extensions, themes and plugins and both are available for a wide selection of platforms.
The differences become visible when it comes to customizations. Because Firefox was released more than a decade ago it benefits from having the largest marketplace for extensions. Google does have its own browser plugins but their number is much lower. If there is one thing that the community says about Firefox is the fact that there is a plugin for everything but this is not the case for Chrome. Maybe it will pick up the pace sometime in the future.
Amongst other features it is worth mentioning that Firefox has a built in viewer for PDF files. Chrome on the other hand has built in Flash support.
Firefox has always been working to improve its browsing speed but Chrome managed to run faster from the beginning. One of the elements that makes the browsing experience faster is the autofill feature of the address bar. This is mainly because Google search is embedded in the address bar. Firefox is not slow but Chrome is just faster.
Some of the problems that cause both of them to become slow is browser bloating. This term refers to the browser’s bad habit of using more and more system resources. Lately Firefox started to have problems clearing its cache and using system memory in an efficient manner. Using more memory is not much of a problem since RAM offers excellent read and write speeds but using the hard drive to cache pages means a much slower browser. Chrome is a bit less hard-drive constricted and uses a bit more RAM which makes it faster.
Declaring A Winner
While both of them serve the same purpose, Chrome and Firefox appeal to different kind of users. Firefox was built to be appealing to users that like open source solutions that can be customized using plugins and themes and thankfully there are plenty of those. Firefox can be customized to do pretty much anything one might think of. It does fall short in terms of performance but that might change in future versions.
Chrome on the other hand is a browser that works best for people that are used to the Google ecosystem. This means Gmail, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Search, Maps and so on. All of these work on Firefox as well but the single sign-on feature in Chrome makes it much easier to work with everything that Google has to offer including Chromecast. An official plugin for Chrome was released that allows PCs to stream to Chromecast which is currently not possible with Firefox.