Google Chrome 17 goes stable for Windows, Mac and Linux. The company paid out $10,000 for bug fixes as well and made the browser faster and more secure.
Google Feb. 8
pushed Chrome 17 into the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux, paying out
$10,500 to fix bugs and making the browser faster and more secure.
squashed 20 bugs. Google paid for 11 of them, including $2,000 for the
detections of "bad casts with column spans."
maker paid $1,000 apiece for five use-after-free flaws, including one in PDF
garbage collection. Google also shelled out $1,000 for a buffer overflow in
locale handling and race condition after the crash of the utility process.
find the full list of flaws and those who discovered them in this corporate
Google's need for speed, Chrome
17 includes prerendering, the predictive search technology
Google has used
in search and its browser.
start typing in the omnibox address bar and the URL autocompletes to a Website
users visit with some frequency, Chrome will prerender the page. This means the
Web page could appear instantly once the user hits enter.
rendering, means faster information delivery to users, which means users may be
more likely to search the Web more in Chrome, goes Google's thinking.
elevated the security levels in Chrome, running checks on executable .exe and
.msi files. If the executable doesn't match a white list, Chrome checks
to see if the Website the user is visiting commands a lot of
pledged to begin rolling out updates to Chrome Operating System that will make
using a Chromebook better.
Google plans to add a new image editor to let Chromebook users view, edit and
share photos on the Web. Users will also see an improved Verizon 3G activation
portal, which will allow users to set up a recurring purchase of mobile data.
The arrival of
Chrome 17 to beta caps a busy week for the browser, which is used by more than
200 million people worldwide.
On Feb. 6, Google
released Chrome for Android
to beta, finally bringing Chrome to Android
handsets and tablets, albeit only for Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich,
confirmed Chrome Screenwise
, a program in which it will pay online surfers
to browse the Web and share data about their travels with the search-engine
giant. Ideally, this will enable Google to improve Chrome for its users.