Comodo promises faster Dragon browser updates

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 25, 2014

Several browsers based on Chromium came out shortly after Google released its Chrome web browser. Most had in common that they modified or removed privacy related information or modules.

Comodo Dragon was one of the browsers and while it did indeed remove privacy related information in the port, it did became clear fast that development of the browser was lagging behind in a serious way.

Comodo released version 36 of Comodo Dragon yesterday and with it comes a promise to dedicate more resources to the development to shorten the time it takes to release the browser after a new official Chrome release.

With that promise comes a controversial change that Comodo is criticized for heavily: an interface that looks now very similar to that of Google Chrome.

Comodo is not the first company to face criticism for that though. Mozilla, makers of Firefox, were criticized recently for it as well when Firefox 29 launched with a new interface that resembled Chrome's interface in many regards.

Below you find two screenshots of the interface. The first the old interface with its iconic round menu icon in the upper left corner of the screen.

comodo 33 old design

The second is a screenshot of the new Comodo Dragon interface that launched in version 36 of the web browser.

comodo 36 new interface

As you can see, the main menu button was changed into a Hamburger menu and moved to the right side in the exact same location that Chrome displays the menu in.

There are still differences when you compare Chrome's interface to the interface in Comodo Dragon. One is the Comodo title, another the color scheme which is different as well.

You are probably wondering why Comodo made the change. The reason given is to speed up further development. Maintaining a different menu and button position requires resources which Comodo wants to spend on bringing updates faster to users and to concentrate on privacy and security features and improvements.

A positive side effect of the change is that the change introduces full support for Chromium themes which was not the case previously.

Comodo Dragon is still three versions behind Chrome Stable which is currently available as version 39. It will be interesting to see if Comodo can close the gap further. Considering that each new release fixes vulnerabilities in the browser accelerating releases is definitely a welcome change.

Comodo Dragon users who don't like the new interface cannot really do anything about it. Staying on version 33 may work for them but it leaves the browser vulnerable to attacks and since Chromium-based browsers are not as customizable as Firefox is, there is no option to create a browser extension or theme to revert those changes again.

Additional information about Comodo Dragon are available on the Comodo website.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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