Is Chromium becoming the platform for the web?

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With Chrome becoming the most popular web browser on desktop recently, Chromium the open source project that powers it is going from strength to strength.

The rapid release cycle of stable updates every 6 weeks and security updates when required, all silently in the background, has enabled Chromium to adapt to user feedback. We all remember the bloated power sucking monster that affected chrome on the mac last year. This ability to respond to user demands has been instrumental in building a dedicated following.

Outside of Google’s official Chrome browser, Chromium is popping up as the underlying platform for other products. Opera switched to using Chromium as a base back in 2013, Mozilla is “experimenting” with Chromium based technology and the new kid on the block Vivaldi is also based on the technology.

Outside of browsers, Chromium OS is also the technology behind Chromebooks and Cloud Ready a fork of the operating system designed for use in schools. A small hobbyist team has even managed to port it successfully to the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3.

Many have predicted the rise of the bots will negatively affect the app market across all platforms. Using web-based services such as Wechat, Whatsapp web, Facebook messenger or the awesome Slack to order your pizza , Uber or set reminders will mean users won’t require devices with i7 CPUs and 16gb of ram with much of the hard processing taking place in the Cloud . Allowing thinner, longer lasting and faster devices with fewer compromises.

At Flint, we see Chromium OS as a platform for the web enabling users to use the tools they are most familiar with, without distraction. Flint OS is the start of this and we hope you will eagerly follow our progress. Register your interest on our main site to stay tuned.

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