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I am not sure about which version is correct. A Google search could not help.

Which option would you use and why?  
Are the others just less common or incorrect?
  1. Browser Chrome
  2. Chrome-Browser
  3. Chrome Browser

The sentence would be "Wir mussten leider feststellen, dass der _______ einen Bug hat"

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    Technically, the name of the browser is Google Chrome, so I'd consider using that. It'll probably depend on your target audience whether to add that it is a "browser" or not. Jan 21 at 11:12

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Most common and correct is Chrome-Browser.

der Browser Chrome would also be possible. But it is rather formal and uncommon, would sound old-fashioned and maybe not even be considered correct.

Chrome Browser would widely be considered wrong. Traditionally, in German, compound nouns are formed by glueing the compartiments together, sometimes with a hyphen. There is an anglicist trend of writing compounds like this, but it is still considered wrong by the most.

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The correct version is:

Wir mussten leider feststellen, dass der Chrome-Browser einen Bug hat.

Here, we construct a compound from a browser further specified as Chrome.

Another possibility is:

Wir mussten leider feststellen, dass der Browser "Chrome" einen Bug hat.

Here, we're adding the name to the abstract term, and that's why I used quotes to make that clear, as e.g. in das Schiff "Titanic". Not absolutely necessary, as e.g. I'd write die Stadt Duisburg without the quotes.

Der Chrome Browser is wrong. The compound needs hyphenation.

But if I were to convey Chrome bug information, I'd write

Wir mussten leider feststellen, dass Chrome Version 123.456 einen Bug hat.

Without a version reference, the information is useless. Bugs show up beginning with one version, and get fixed in a later version. And I omitted the word Browser as the audience of such a statement surely knows that Chrome is a browser.

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    FYI: never assume people know anything when it comes to technology. I know lots of people who are confused if you tell them "open the browser". Just saying
    – E.V.
    Jan 21 at 11:15
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    @E.V. (getting a bit off-topic) Is information about a Chrome bug useful for someone who doesn't know that Chrome is a browser? That was my line of reasoning. Jan 21 at 12:03
  • "The audience of such a statement surely knows that Chrome is a browser." - actually the term "Chrome" is used for a few other things that could have software bugs. So it really depends on the context whether it's clear that you refer to the browser or not.
    – Bergi
    Jan 22 at 1:04

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