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Yes and no - It likely has more extensions and stuff. But actually since electron is essentially chromium + nodejs I would guess electron would be "heavier".

Anyway the reason this would be desirable is because the user's browser is likely already open (and doesn't have to be chrome), and one of the critiques with electron is that each electron app is essentially another instance of chromium running, they don't share any resources.

But a web browser that's already open just has to open a new tab, and you can close it when you don't need it, allowing the otherwise lightweight daemon to run with minimum performance impact.

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