Flock, the popular browser built atop Mozilla’s Firefox but with a social networking aspect for easy sharing of web information, has become the first major third-party browser to use Google’s Chromium platform, the open-source browser used for Google Chrome. As WebWorkerDaily notes, the platform should turbo-charge Flock’s performance at a time when speeds of Firefox (and its underlying platform, which Flock is moving away from) lag behind Apple’s new Safari 5 and Google’s latest Chrome browser.
Flock’s browser change wasn’t totally unexpected, however. Back in March of 2009, CEO Shawn Hardin told our sister site Ostatic that his company would “continue to make architectural decisions that balance what’s best for our users and what’s best for Flock as a business.” So once Google Chrome added support for extensions last year, the final piece of the puzzle snapped into place for Flock to use Chromium — up to that point, Mozilla’s use of extensions to increase browser functionality were relatively unique to Firefox.
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