After a long wait, Google has made Google Chrome compatible with ARM devices running Windows. The latest Chrome Canary test version now natively supports ARM64 architecture. It can be installed without emulation on the newest Windows versions built on ARM chips.
Google Chrome officially comes to Windows on ARM.
Now that Chrome is available on Windows on ARM, users with ARM-based PCs will no longer experience performance issues using the world’s most popular browser. Until now, Windows PCs running on ARM processors, such as those powered by Qualcomm processors like the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3, were limited in browser options.
Google has been working steadily to optimize Chrome for Windows on ARM, catching up with Microsoft’s efforts with Edge on ARM, which is built on Chromium. The development of Windows on ARM started back with Windows 10 and has taken several years to reach this point.
The future of ARM
Many are anticipating Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon X Elite chip, speculated to rival Apple’s M series, bringing promising advancements to the PC landscape. As these Snapdragon X series computers are slated to debut around June or July, there’s hope that Chrome’s ARM64 support will be fully integrated into the stable channel by then.
For current Windows PC users on ARM architecture, you can already explore Chrome Canary to experience native ARM performance. However, it’s worth noting that Firefox and Edge have already been offering native ARM support on Windows for quite some time. With Google now catching up, users will have more browser options optimized for ARM devices.