Google’s new browser: Chrome

As of today, A beta version of Google’s open source browser can be downloaded from their website. And by the looks of it, it’s going to be awesome. Introducing Google’s Chrome.

Google Chrome

So, do we really need another browser? Mozilla’s spokesman says it doesn’t see Chrome as a direct competitor and I must agree. It’s actually great that Google could built a browser from scratch. That way new ideas can be explored, shared and a better browser is the result of that. Check out this comic which explains Chrome’s innovating features.

Some of the coolest features in Chrome:

Javascript is faster, a LOT faster!

Today, most of what we use the web for on a day-to-day basis aren’t just web pages, they’re applications.

Javascript plays a big role in today’s web applications and as we all know, when a lot of javascript is used the browser tends to run, well slower… It seems the first speed-tests have gone public and the results are unbelievable.

Multi-threading

When we started this project, the gears guys were saying that one of the problems with browsers is that they’re inherently single-threaded.

I’m not going to say much about this topic as i’m not an expert in the field, but the browser supports multi-threading, meaning each tab has a seperate process. So if one crashes, the rest is not lost. Try typing about:% in the beta’s address bar and you’re in for a treat ;-)

Also when a tab is closed, memory is freed up so that other processes can occupy that space.

Advanced source view

As a webdeveloper, I find it handy that the source view has numbers on each line, and that every link actually becomes clickable. Although i’m not planning to use this browser as a development tool, it’s damn handy!

Task manager, for nerds

Yes, the browser itself has a task manager. It’s rather cool to see which tab is hogging all the memory, but it’s not a feature i’ll be using much. Still nice to have though.

Download manager & find

Just like Opera, the Chrome browser tries to open as little as possible windows to show the information you need. The download manager is opened at the bottom of the screen for each seperate tab, and the find box opens up above the webpage at the top. Everything has this smooth feel to it which makes me a happy surfer.

Easter egg

For those who want to show off at colleagues or friends, type in about:internets. I think this doesn’t work on Vista and mac though, not sure.

So basicly I love Google Chrome, as it’s a lightweight browser which is really fast. I’ll be using it for my daily browsing and i’m really looking forward to future releases.

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3 Responses to “Google’s new browser: Chrome”

  1. Stalski Says:

    Google claims ownership
    By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

    A blog that points out to be aware when using chrome, read this article about Google Chrome EULA Claims Ownership of Everything You Create on Chrome, From Blog Posts to Emails.

    The reply from google is interesting, the least you can say about that. Read the updated terms of agreement of google policy on Chrome.

  2. Jovan Says:

    Well, it looks like they have already changed the EULA. I expected no less.

    Should we be afraid of Google’s ‘plans’ for world domination?

  3. Stalski Says:

    Mozilla is my friend. He will not abuse us :)