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Google’s homegrown Fuchsia operating system has taken another step closer to being broadly usable by gaining the full Google Chrome browser experience.

For years now, we’ve been tracking the development of Fuchsia, from a bold UI on phones and the Pixelbook, to a more stripped back experience, to ultimately launching on the Nest Hub. In that time, it’s been difficult to recommend that anyone use Fuchsia as their main operating system, as it’s still very early on and has lacked core features like a proper web browser.

It’s been possible to access the web in a very limited way on Fuchsia for quite some time now via the operating system’s “Simple Browser” app – which was powered by the Chromium engine under the hood. While usable, this “browser” didn’t offer the usual necessities like an address bar or tabs.

Mid last year, we reported that Google had begun efforts to bring the full Chrome browser experience to Fuchsia. As first spotted by oldschool-51 of Fuchsia’s Reddit community, these efforts have come to fruition in recent days, with Simple Browser being replaced in Fuchsia’s app list with “Chromium.”

For those unfamiliar, in addition to being the name of Chrome’s core browser engine, Chromium is also the name of the fully open source version of the Chrome browser (meaning it’s missing integrations with some Google services.)

Just as you’d expect, launching the Chromium app brings up the all too familiar design of Chrome on the desktop. Due to some issues on my personal laptop, I was unable to get things fully online, but otherwise the browser looks and works almost exactly like it would on Windows, Mac, or Linux. I say “almost” as there are still a few bugs to be worked out, such as context menus opening entirely off-screen and some bugs with having multiple windows.


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