Chrome, the leading browser, now switching to Chromium, an open source project maintained by Google, creates a snowball effect because few developers are optimizing non-Chrome/Chromium browsers, which in turn prompts browser developers to switch to Chromium.
Chrome became the gatekeeper of the Internet. Former Mozilla CTO Andreas Gal said that what Chrome did was equivalent to what the standard did, and others had to follow.
Gal had previously publicly complained that Google products could not work on Firefox. Darin Fisher, vice president of team engineering at Google Chrome, defended the move, denying that the company was intent on crushing its competitors. Chrome's rule means that Google sets standards for what the Internet should do. In Google's eyes, advertising and user data collection are the default. According to Brendan Eich, co-founder of Mozilla, Chrome has become spyware.
Fisher says the Internet needs advertising to make content affordable to those who may not be able to afford paid access. He said that the Chrome team is independent of the advertising team, but also works with the advertising team, which shares the concept of a free and open Web.