Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Google have jointly announced the launch of an optimized Chrome browser tailored for Windows PCs powered by Snapdragon processors. This release precedes the arrival of PCs featuring the Snapdragon X Elite compute platform, anticipated to debut in mid-2024.

Google Chrome stands as the world’s most widely used browser, continually advancing with new functionalities, performance enhancements, and security updates — which include experimental generative AI capabilities.

Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President at Google, emphasized Chrome’s core principles of speed, security, and user-friendliness across various platforms, expressing optimism about extending this experience to more users through collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, ensuring an optimized browsing experience for ARM-compatible PCs.

Chrome comes ahead of PCs powered by Snapdragon X Elite, debuting in mid-2024.

Qualcomm and Google have a longstanding partnership, dating back to the inception of Android phones in 2008; Snapdragon chipsets also power numerous wearables featuring Google software, with plans for continued collaboration in the realm of extended reality (XR) devices.

Cristiano Amon, President and CEO of Qualcomm Inc., highlighted the significance of the new Chrome version in bolstering the role of Snapdragon X Elite as a leading platform for Windows PCs; Amon positioned this collaboration as pivotal amid an impending shift towards AI-driven computing, anticipating Chrome’s utilization of Snapdragon X Elite’s robust capabilities.

Preliminary tests conducted on Snapdragon X Elite reference devices have showcased notable performance enhancements in Chrome, particularly evident in the Speedometer 2.1 benchmark.

Available for Download

The optimized Chrome browser for Windows on Snapdragon is currently available for download, catering to users of existing Windows on Snapdragon devices.

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