When Google launched Google Chrome back in in December 2008, it was a lightweight and fast web browser with rather limited functionality. According to numbers from Anthony Laforge, Technical Program Manager at Google, the binary size of the Windows version of the browser was 9 megabytes at the time.
As Chrome has been updated and improved with increased functionality, the browser has put on a lot of weight. When version 6.0 was released last September, the size had more than doubled. Today’s edition, Chrome 10.0, is 26.2 megabytes, almost three times as much as version 1.0. For comparison, the download file for Firefox 4 is 12 megabytes, while Opera 11 is only 8.8 megabytes.