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.
- Click to call.
- Google spelling.
- 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.