Chromium won't be able to use these features anytime soon; recommend switching to Firefox

Chromium without Google APIs

In the past week we publish an article in which we echoed bad news for users of Chromium: Google will disable some APIs if we do not use your browser, the Chrome you can control better. The company cites security concerns, but this is clearly a move to get more market share and, incidentally, more information. Chromium is a good alternative to Chrome, since, until now, it was the same, but less tied to Google, but this will change in less than two months.

In the article published on January 19, we mentioned one of the most striking crashes: synchronization. But being able to synchronize bookmarks, passwords, etc., will not be the only limitation that Chromium users will have, and below you have a list with everything that their users will miss. That and a recommendation that we advance: go to firefox.

What we won't be able to do with Chromium starting in March

Very soon, we will not be able to use the following functions and APIs in Chromium, or any other browser based on the same engine:

  • Synchronize with Google account.
  • Geolocation.
  • Click to call.
  • Google spelling.
  • Contacts.
  • Chrome translator.
  • Safe browsing (from Google).

If you are a Chromium user, that is, of the browser that is available in many Linux distributions and whose logo is like Chrome's but in blue, you have few options. One of them is to wait for someone to create some kind of extension that makes one or more of the aforementioned restrictions work. Another is wait for Google to back down with its tyrannical plan. The third is proposed to us by the developer community.

What most developers say is "Go Firefox." It is the only open source browser that offers everything we may need, or the only one that does not depend on Google to be more specific. If you need Chromium, you can always try using other browsers like Brave, but keeping in mind that unpleasant surprises are not ruled out in the future. And is that most browsers use their own synchronization APIs, among others.

The change will take place on next March 15. If Google doesn't back down, Chromium will be a little less good. For my part, if this translates into more people being switched to Firefox and Mozilla improving its browser, the change is welcome.


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  1.   srgVzqz said

    The one that says Firefox says Brave. Which is the best option if you like Chromium.

    1.    pablinux said

      Good:

      That is what the post puts;)

      A greeting.

  2.   Gerson said

    I used Firefox because it is the default browser for most GNU / Linux distributions, but I got bored with its high resource consumption and unexpected shutdowns. When I install a GNU / Linux distribution it is the first thing that I remove Firefox in exchange for Vivaldi, Chromium or Opera. I'm going to give Firefox a try again to have it as an alternative to Chromium.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hi, Gerson.

      The problem with Vivaldi is that it is not open source. Also, in my case that I work for a long time on Manjaro Xfce-USB, it hangs, so once I considered using it more and on more devices, I soon forgot. Opera is an option, yes, but it sounds much stronger Brave, which is much more like Chrome but without the bad.

      A greeting.

  3.   tuxero said

    Synchronize with Google account. No, thanks

    Geolocation. Under any concept

    Click to call. I did not even know that it existed

    Google spelling. We will have to learn to write well

    Contacts. On mobile

    Chrome translator. It was lousy

    Safe browsing (from Google). Google Safe Browsing? LOL

    1.    deby said

      standing applause .. nice comment

  4.   Anvarom. said

    Well, I understand that these changes will not affect Chromium builds, but third-party Chromium-based browsers that make use of Google APIs.

    1.    pablinux said

      Hello, Anvarom.

      This commotion has started precisely because it does affect Chromium, which is installed in several distributions and its developers were the ones who complained. The other browsers you mention, third-party browsers, eg Brave or Vivaldi, already have their own "Sync", so this affects them 0. Vivaldi has already tweeted about it.

      A greeting.

  5.   Anvarom. said

    Well, I understand that these changes will not affect Chromium builds, but third-party browsers that use Google APIs. Can you confirm this?

  6.   Alex said

    Forgive my ignorance, but since it cannot be translated from the browser, I will not be able to translate content from English to Spanish! WTF !! … ..
    If they have improved the precision in translations a lot through Machine Larning, how is it possible to remove it or even how to correct the spelling of a document in Google Docs or Office 365, what will happen then with Chrome OS?

    1.    pablinux said

      Hi Alex. It is not supposed to be a Chrome exclusive feature. On the Chrome OS, think it is "Chrome", which is still from Google and should not be affected. What they cap will be Chromium, the one with the blue logo. The rest, as they have their own team of developers behind them, will continue with equivalent functions, such as Brave or Vivaldi Sync instead of Google Sync.

      A greeting.