It's a battle that's as old as the dawn of time. Okay, maybe not that old, but the battle of the browsers is no new thing. With Chrome, Google's web browsing contender has always given users a sleek, manageable web browser with powerful technologies under the hood. Mozilla, on the other hand, has taken their browser into open source; leaving the fate of their browser in the hands of developers who provide critical feedback and features long loved by many. Recently Mozilla released Firefox 29, a version that brought many user interface changes and plenty of speed increases under the hood. As a Windows user, I found myself drawn to the new aesthetic and began using Firefox as my daily driver for about two weeks.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to switch platforms to a popular Red-hat based Linux distribution called Fedora 20. I was excited to hear that Firefox 29 came with a new powerful sync implementation and, naturally, I made a Mozilla account and synced all of my content including bookmarks, web history, settings, and add-on's. I then installed Fedora as a second OS on a secondary drive I had installed within my system. Due to its open source nature, Firefox is built in to almost every Linux distribution and so I was elated to get started with this new OS. As I fired up Mozilla, I was prompted to enter my credentials for my Mozilla account in order to begin syncing all of my previously backed up content. To my dismay, nothing was syncing. By nothing I mean, literally, nothing about the browser within Fedora 20 was changing. No bookmarks were being added, no add-on's were being installed. What was going on here? Had I done something wrong in the way I sync'ed my content?
I quickly reverted back to Windows where I double checked the data to be synced and found everything to be in order. I switched back to Fedora and, still, nothing was syncing whatsoever. As a last resort, I downloaded the Google Chrome application for Red-hat using this article as a guideline. I logged into my Google account and suddenly my screen began flashing with all sorts of new tabs telling me one extension had been installed successfully, then another, and another still. Everything was syncing just as it should have been syncing, all of my bookmarks, my extensions, everything! I had my full fledged Google Chrome working just the way it had always worked with all the content it had always contained.
When it comes to complete streamlined fluidity across devices and platforms, Google is currently destroying Mozilla with its ability to sync all of the content, 100% of the time. Mozilla's implementation is spotty at best. Sometimes certain pieces of data will sync and other times nothing syncs at all. Google's Chrome browser makes the job of switching platforms so much easier for the end user and does so in a very elegant manner, making it so the user has to think very little about browser management. That said, Chrome still has a long battle ahead of them with Mozilla's Firefox. Mozilla's leg up on Chrome is it's ability to be very resource intensive. This comes at the expensive of a slight hit in performance, but the difference is pretty negligible, making Firefox ever so speedy as its Google competitor. However, the sync implementation in Chrome makes it this user's favorite browser to date. Agree or disagree, leave a comment below and let us know which browser you think is dominant.