Given that Chromebooks run on Chrome OS which is developed by Google, it’s not surprising that Chrome would be the default browser for the operating system. However, there are alternatives because since Chrome OS supports the running of Android apps, users can always download third-party browser alternatives from the Play Store.
That being said, these browsers aren’t necessarily optimized for Chrome OS as they were designed with Android in mind, but in case you’re after a Chrome OS optimized browser, you might be interested to learn that Opera has announced and launched a browser that they claim is the “world’s first alternative browser optimized for Chromebooks”.
Essentially this is the Opera browser except that it has been developed for Chrome OS in mind, meaning that unlike Android browsers running on Chromebooks, this one was designed specifically for the platform. According to Opera, the browser they developed for Chrome OS will come with a ton of features that users have come to know from Opera, such as a built-in VPN and also an ad blocker.
It also has communications tools built into it like WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Messenger, so you can access all your chats from the browser itself. It also features themes, a night mode for better visibility in the dark, and more. For those who are keen on checking it out, you can download the browser from Opera’s website.