Does Google Chrome Work with Mac OS X Lion?

LockerGnome.net user IAmPayDayJ asks:

Is Google Chrome stable enough to run properly on OS X Lion?”

Chris Pirillo answers:

“If you’re not a fan of Mac OS X, it’s okay; this question is really going to be answered in relation to Google, which I’m sure many of you are happy enjoying.

Does Google Chrome Work with Mac OS X Lion?“I’ve been a Google Chrome user for quite some time.

“This is the thing I like about Google Chrome: it’s constantly iterating, and constantly releasing new versions. Even Firefox, now, is trying to catch up by releasing new versions at breakneck speed. And poor Microsoft. It’s doing amazing things with Windows in relation to Internet Explorer performance, but Google Chrome is just constantly evolving. It’s easy, it’s fast, you can synchronize all your sessions between computers — especially if you’re running dev builds.

“I’ve been extremely happy with Google Chrome as my default browser for close to a year, now. It was a shock for me, being a WebKit fan. Google was already making changes to bring Google Chrome up to speed to be more compatible with Mac OS X than Firefox. Firefox hasn’t even come close. It hasn’t even released anything that’s anywhere near ‘Lion compatible.’

“When I’m talking about Lion compatibility, I’m talking about making Google Chrome more seamless in terms of an application experience inside of Mac OS X. I think we all want that, whether we’re running Windows or Max OS X or Linux — we want to run applications that aren’t jarring in terms of the experience that we have with those apps. We want things to run cleanly and smoothly (most of us do).

“To answer the question, Chrome does now play nicely with Lion. I’m really happy with the way that Google Chrome is iterating what would likely be the #1 app I have and use every day — I use the Web browser. It’s my primary tool for just about everything.”

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  • Andrew Becker

    I’ve been a fan of Chrome for quite some time using it on Windows and Linux. I recently purchased my first MacBook and put Lion on it. At first I was surprised to see that the full screen feature for Lion was not functional in Chrome. I upgraded to the Dev channel and everything was where it should be. 

    I have used Chrome on XP, Win7, Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion. In my opinion it was the best browser for each of those operating systems. Synchronization, un-obtrusive yet extremely handy extensions and apps, and a built in site inspection tool make it my only choice for browsing.

  • Andrew Becker

    I’ve been a fan of Chrome for quite some time using it on Windows and Linux. I recently purchased my first MacBook and put Lion on it. At first I was surprised to see that the full screen feature for Lion was not functional in Chrome. I upgraded to the Dev channel and everything was where it should be. 

    I have used Chrome on XP, Win7, Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Leopard, Snow Leopard, and Lion. In my opinion it was the best browser for each of those operating systems. Synchronization, un-obtrusive yet extremely handy extensions and apps, and a built in site inspection tool make it my only choice for browsing.

  • Philtwowheels

    Chris seriously, you are comparing the dev version of chrome, to the stable release of Firefox, chalk and cheese buddy! Take a look at cutting edge firefox i.e. Aurora! Download it, on mac osx, use it full screen, really dude your making comparisons which make no sense at all! Try the real bleeding edge of firefox (Aurora) and then make a proper comparison. I’ve been using Aurora for several months now on Snow Leopard and recently on Lion. It’s a very cool browser, still in beta, but hey you’re using the beta of chrome! Aurora works well on Lion, full screen is great, you do need to place it on a new desktop to use the three finger swipe but still it works very well and has all the features of Chrome, that I can see. It also is updated on a very regular basis, sometimes twice in a couple of days, so I’d say it’s every bit as bleeding edge as chrome beta. I’ve just downloaded chrome beta, to check out what your hype is about. I’ve used stable versions of chrome for some time about a year and agree that it is a great browser, however doesn’t seem to have half the handy add-ons that Firefox has, like ad-blocking etc. Firefox has had sync for years it was called foxmarks iirc, and now is just called sync.

    So really dude have a look at the beta of firefox and then make your comparison.

    Always like your posts thanks.

    Phil

  • Phil

    In my haste I said that Aurora was beta Firefox, in fact it’s more like an alpha version, my apologies. Firefox beta, is also a good browser, but I’d have to agree there are area in which Chrome beats it, like speed, especially start up. I’ve recently installed an SSD in my 08 mbpro and the difference in start up speed is still noticeable (just). There do still seem to be reasons to firefox, like it’s huge amount of plug-ins compared to chrome.

  • Phil

    In my haste I said that Aurora was beta Firefox, in fact it’s more like an alpha version, my apologies. Firefox beta, is also a good browser, but I’d have to agree there are area in which Chrome beats it, like speed, especially start up. I’ve recently installed an SSD in my 08 mbpro and the difference in start up speed is still noticeable (just). There do still seem to be reasons to firefox, like it’s huge amount of plug-ins compared to chrome.

  • Mikeypod

    I may have missed this earlier, but is there a way to get chrome to respond to trackpad/magic mouse gestures? Namely the one that allows a two finger swipe through web history? That is the last thing that is keeping me in safari.

  • Mikeypod

    I may have missed this earlier, but is there a way to get chrome to respond to trackpad/magic mouse gestures? Namely the one that allows a two finger swipe through web history? That is the last thing that is keeping me in safari.

  • Anonymous

    I use an Apple Mac with the Lion OS  and use both Chrome and Firefox and feel they’re both excellent with each having their own personalities. The only dislike I have with Chrome is it hesitates when, for example, using Bookmarks. The spinning wheel goes off making you wait to proceed while Firefox is right on when you click on something. Other than that little aggravation, I feel they’re both excellent.

  • Anonymous

    I use an Apple Mac with the Lion OS  and use both Chrome and Firefox and feel they’re both excellent with each having their own personalities. The only dislike I have with Chrome is it hesitates when, for example, using Bookmarks. The spinning wheel goes off making you wait to proceed while Firefox is right on when you click on something. Other than that little aggravation, I feel they’re both excellent.

  • David Berkovich

    I have Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari installed on Lion.  I mostly alternate between Opera and Chrome.  I rarely use Firefox and Safari.  I will use Firefox, but I don’t find it as great as the other browsers, in terms of speed and UI.

  • David Berkovich

    I have Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari installed on Lion.  I mostly alternate between Opera and Chrome.  I rarely use Firefox and Safari.  I will use Firefox, but I don’t find it as great as the other browsers, in terms of speed and UI.

  • http://www.MagicTrax.net Magic Trax

    I’m mainly using Chrome and Safari. I also have Firefox, but do feel like it’s been lacking recently and is quite sluggish compared to Chrome. Safari has improved slightly, yet it still has difficulty loading certain pages without having a fit and randomly reloading all the few tabs that happen to be open. Having said that, Chrome could still use some work, but it’s definitely better than it was in past versions for mac.

  • http://www.MagicTrax.net Magic Trax

    I’m mainly using Chrome and Safari. I also have Firefox, but do feel like it’s been lacking recently and is quite sluggish compared to Chrome. Safari has improved slightly, yet it still has difficulty loading certain pages without having a fit and randomly reloading all the few tabs that happen to be open. Having said that, Chrome could still use some work, but it’s definitely better than it was in past versions for mac.

  • Jcswalley

    I have a new iMac with Lion 10.7.2 and Google Chrome 15.0.874.106 and it works fine, including the two finger swipes.  I have used Chrome for some time on my 7 year old Dell Optiplex/Win XP machine and much preferred it to Explorer, although some sites insisted on Explorer for certain things.  On the iMac, I switch back and forth from Safari to Chrome and usually run both at the same time with no problems.  One thing I like about the Chrome is the address bar can be used for searches or for web addresses.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZZTUZNSVI3TSPKVNGPP4ZPYZCY Kyle

    Safari needs to be as fast as chrome.