Google pushes for users of Chromium, a widely used engine, to switch to Chrome

Chromium without Google APIs

The most used web browser in the world is Chrome, developed by Google. If we talk about its engine, things still get better, because Chromium is the one that moves others like Opera, Vivaldi or Brave, so the company part of Alphabet should be satisfied. But it is not, or so we can think after the latest move made by the company of the famous search engine and echoed by a developer who collaborates with Fedora.

As we can read in this twitter thread, Google has announced that it will no longer support synchronization and other "Google exclusive" APIs. This will result in other browsers, such as Chromium that include some distributions like Fedora, become less functional in what, personally, does not seem like one of the best movements that Google could do and I think it has been done in bad faith. .

Google will make other browsers less functional

Google has announced that it is cutting access to Sync and "other Google exclusive APIs" from all builds except Google Chrome. This will make the Chromium build of Fedora significantly less functional (along with all other packaged Chromium distributions). Notably, Google _ granted_ the creators of the Chromium distribution packages these access rights in 2013 via API keys, specifically so that we could have open source builds of Chromium with (almost) feature parity with Chrome. The reasoning given for this change? Google does not want users to be able to "access their personal Chrome Sync data (such as bookmarks) ... with a non-Google browser, based on Chromium." They're not closing a security hole, they just require everyone to use Chrome.

Like me, Callaway is clear about it, and says so at the end of the quote. Not that they are doing anything for our safetyInstead, Google's intention is for everyone to use the browser they control 100%.

What will happen in the future is unknown, but Callaway doubts it would be a good option to offer Chromium in Fedora if it is cut, and tells the company that Sundar Pichai runs that there is still time to rectify this tyrannical move. Some browsers based on Chromium They use their own syncing system, so not being able to sync passwords and bookmarks wouldn't be a big deal, but that's not the case with Chromium. It will also be necessary to see if it is possible to recover the synchronization with some future extension or if they force to synchronize everything manually, in addition to that it remains to be seen with what other cuts surprise us.

Right now, I'm happy to use Firefox, although I hope the company backs down.

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  1.   James said

    Well, give x the eyelet to Chrome ... and google, and stop collecting so much user data ... ..

  2.   Nailed said

    AOSP does not include Google services, so it seems that they are similar to the other open source Google.

  3.   Morgan trimax said

    here is the opportunity for those folks who think they are "hackers" and dream of building their own GNU "distro", as if they needed more distros, there are many apps for linux but they have to be updated or renewed but not crazy like the " dull and useless cube "that at the time was described as a" miracle "of" open source "engineering

  4.   Javi said

    USA And Google are looking for what will surely be in the not too distant future the birth of a new operating system created by Huawei or another Chinese company that will make fierce competition to all the American companies, it is possible that we win all the users as long as it is respect the aspects related to data protection.