Google Chrome Out of Beta

December 11th, 2008 at 12:00 am

google chrome out of beta

Google Chrome internet browser is probably the youngest of all the mainstream browsers we know of.  It was released just last September and gained about 10 million users in just 100 days.  As expected, when it was released there were still bugs here and there but overall it was a working, fast new browser.

Since it was released in September, Google was adamant about the browser being a beta version, in line with their "launch early and iterate" philosophy.  Today however, the fifteenth release of Google Chrome, they are officially out of beta.

So what’s new?  Well apparently nothing on the outside, but underneath, the Google Chrome engineers have been working on bugs and tinkering with its innards to streamline and tune up the browser.  They claim that it’s faster (as usual) and better with plug-ins (for video and audio).

"Google Chrome starts up fast, loads pages quickly, and just keeps getting faster. Since the first beta, the V8 JavaScript engine runs 1.4 times faster on the SunSpider benchmark and 1.5 times faster on the V8 benchmark — and there is more speed to come."

"Video and audio glitches were among the most common bugs fixed during the beta period. If you had problems watching videos with Google Chrome in the past, you should be pleasantly surprised with the performance now." [Google Blog]

Also, the most noticeable update they put on is a bookmark manager, a feature they forgot during the first release. 

"Better bookmark features were a top request from our users. It’s now easier to switch between another browser and Google Chrome with the bookmark import and export features, and we added a new simple way to manage large numbers of bookmarks, too. We also wanted to make it even easier for you to control your browsing data, so all of the features in Google Chrome which affect user privacy are now grouped in one place with detailed explanations for each one." 

So, will Google Chrome finally topple Mozilla Firefox as king of the web browsers?  I for one am not yet totally convinced.  Sure, I use Chrome as a variation to spice things up.  It’s like a mistress for now, and I’m still not filing for divorce.