A lot of the supply code for Chrome is open-source beneath the Chromium mission, however some options are solely obtainable on official Chrome builds. One unique function is Chrome Sync, which synchronizes your bookmarks, historical past, tabs, and different information throughout all of your units. Third-party Chromium browsers had been by no means alleged to have entry to Chrome Sync, and now Google is slicing entry.

“Throughout a current audit,” Google mentioned in a weblog put up, “we found that some third-party Chromium primarily based browsers had been capable of combine Google options, equivalent to Chrome sync and Click on to Name, which might be solely meant for Google’s use. This meant {that a} small fraction of customers may signal into their Google Account and retailer their private Chrome sync information, equivalent to bookmarks, not simply with Google Chrome, but additionally with some third-party Chromium primarily based browsers.”

Google mentioned it could reduce third-party browsers’ entry to Chrome Sync beginning on March fifteenth. No consumer information can be misplaced, since information is saved within the cloud, however information will not synchronize with non-Google browsers. Google did not state which browsers had been found utilizing Chrome Sync — most main Chromium-based browsers both have their very own sync engines (Opera, Courageous, and so forth.) or do not supply cloud sync in any respect.

Google reduce off third-party browsers on Android from utilizing Chrome Sync in 2017, after a change in Chrome’s code blocked non-Google browsers from producing the required login tokens. Google mentioned on the time that it by no means formally supported Chrome Sync for third-party browsers.