Gbrowser based on Mozilla? Let’s hope.

Most of you have probably read the rumours of Google developing their own web browser, Gbrowser, based on Mozilla. More on that can be be found in gbrowser, Google Picks Gates’ Brains, Will Google Launch A Browser?, More evidence of a Google browser, Google builds a browser, Google Browser?, Gbrowser?, and many other articles and posts around the web.

I’m really hoping these rumours are true – both that Google are preparing to release a browser, and that it will be based on Mozilla. Partly because it will definitely weaken IE’s dominance even more, and partly because I think it’s the only way non-Windows users (like me) will have a chance of getting a Gbrowser. If the browser is based on IE, there is no chance of that happening.

The more I think about it, the more interesting it gets. A Gecko-based Gbrowser would sure make IE look even more like the new Netscape 4, and would be a major step towards a better web.

Posted on September 23, 2004 in Browsers, Quicklinks


  1. I can’t imagine that GBrowser, or whatever it’s going to be called, will be able to turn me away from Firefox. One, because Firefox is such a great browser, and two, because Google has yet to release an application that is well designed (both their Gmail notifier and their Googlebar looks like ass, imho).

    However, I’ll salute the release of GBrowser if it means that Internet Explorer’s market share will decrease. Let’s hope GBrowser will be built on Mozilla though, because we really don’t need yet another rendering engine to test our designs against.

  2. September 23, 2004 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    I don’t think I’ll be using it a lot either, but it’s always great to have options. Personally I can’t say anything about Google’s application design, since I’ve never used Googlebar or Gmail.

  3. It’s not about US using it.. it’s all about the general public switching from IE to it (hell yeah!)

  4. Which GMail notifier are you using? There is more than one available for Firefox.

    And I’ll echo the engine base comment - please! not ANOTHER test platform!

  5. I hope the toolbar will be big and unmovable like AOL has it, or adware programs, I like to scroll down on every web page but first I like to see the colors and pictures on the toolbar buttons, why surf the web when the toolbar tells you where to go all the time every second every day, AOL will definitely control Mozilla, they have that group hanging with no money or backing, they’ll hook up again!

  6. It seems these rumors are false..

    Gbrowser won’t see the light

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