Today, Google Chrome leads the browser race with the majority market ratio. The product is so big that some of the other major browsers have been based on the Chromium browser system as well. These include the Edge browser from Microsoft and the Opera browser. Now, the company, clearly sees that it is somewhat disrupting its share if all the browsers based on Chromium offer the same services. According to an article from WinFuture, the company is looking to pull support from third-party browsers. This would be the Google services support, of course.
Now, according to the article, in a recent audit, they found out that a lot of people were using Google’s sync feature in the browser. These were third party browsers, using the sync feature in order to capture their history, their bookmarks and so on. The official Google quote goes like:
During a recent audit, we found that some Chromium-based third-party browsers were able to integrate Google functions such as Chrome Sync and Click to Call, which are only intended for use by Google,” explains Jochen Eisinger, Engineering Director of Google Chrome. “That meant a small fraction of users could log into their Google account and save their personal Chrome sync data, such as bookmarks, not only with Google Chrome, but with some third-party Chromium-based browsers as well.
This suggests that the company would be pulling out its support for these browsers, in order to maintain quality. They would be taking away access to Google’s private APIs. Not to mention, with these third-party browsers, the company cannot ensure privacy protection.
How would it fair for Edge and Opera
Now, would this mean that browsers like Edge and Opera would be stripped as well. It is hard to say, for now. While the statement does envelop them as well, these are bigger products. Google may have good relations with them and we may only see restricted services here.