Ellie Powers and Chris Beckmann:
Today we celebrate Chrome’s 10th birthday, and just like a kid on the cusp of double digits, we’re constantly growing and changing. In the case of Chrome, those changes happen every six weeks to bring you new features and security updates, but our 10th birthday update is bigger than normal.
The new Chrome is awesome. It’s a fantastic update to the world’s greatest browser. Some Mac pundits have decried its look as being un-macOSy, but seriously, I think Chrome has a better UI and UX than does Safari for Mac. Specifically:
- Safari’s address bar animation that occurs when you focus on it is distracting and time-consuming. It makes me feel inefficient. I know you can start typing in Safari’s address bar before the animation has completed, but still. Perception is reality.
- Safari’s address bar is narrower and shorter than Chrome’s, which means it’s harder to click it. Small targets make for bad UI/UX.
- Safari’s developer console feels 5 years behind Chrome’s. It has fewer options and it’s harder to do stuff in it. That might just be because I spend a lot more time in Chrome’s, but I don’t think so.
Apple should learn from Google how to build a good browser.