Google Chrome – The reason behind its name revealed !

Why is Google Chrome, Chrome? Nope. Not why it a browser. That might be the most absurd question here. Why is Chrome browser named Chrome!? For the unknown, Google Chrome happened accidentally, just like many great inventions in the past. And it has been climbing the popularity from then.

What if the same question pops in your head, “What’s the reason behind the name Chrome?” A silly but good question.

Well, we have an answer from Glen Murphy, Design Lead, Google Chrome. In his words,

We had a ‘pick a codename’ vote early in the development cycle – the names that came of that competition were so terrible that we were all pretty happy when one of the leads overrode it and declared that the codename would be ‘Chrome’, presumably because he likes fast cars. When it came time to pick a real name for the product for shipping, we stuck with ‘Chrome’ because:

• During development, we’d all come to love the product deeply, and new names had a hard time breaking and bettering the associations we’d already formed with the codename.

• As our lead did, people associated it with speed – shiny fast engines and cars.

• In design terminology, ‘chrome’ refers to the non-webpage parts of the browser’s interface – the toolbars, tabs and buttons – because our design philosophy was “Content, not chrome” – putting our focus on minimizing the amount of browser UI present, we felt it cheekily appropriate to name the browser Chrome.

Also, I personally like it because of its relation to ‘chroma’ and ‘chromatic’ – I love the cacophony of colors that those words imply, and how that relates to the beautiful range of design across the web.

The 3-year old Google Chrome is presently in its 13th version, going all well.

Personally, after Internet Explorer, Google Chrome is the browser for me. Download Google Chrome. You’ll like it!

In a day or two, I will tell you why Safari Browser was possibly named Safari, so stay tuned!

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