Chromium is the application that serves as the foundation for Chrome, with Google’s developers improving the software and adding a bunch of enhancements.
However, Chromium isn’t too far off the application that was thrown in the battle against Firefox and Internet Explorer. Chromium is actually a lighter Chrome that provides almost the same performance and functionality as Google’s tool.
The Chromium Project takes its name from the element chromium (Cr), the metal from which chrome is made. Google’s intention, as expressed in the developer documentation, was that Chromium would be the name of open source project and that the final product name would be Chrome. However other developers have taken the code and released versions under the name.
Unlike Chromium, Chrome also comes with an integrated flash player, the company’s autoupdate function that’s being used in many downloadable tools plus some other improvements to help the software rise up to the expectations.
The open-source project providing the code for Google Chrome. Includes documentation, developer information, bug reports, and source code download.