Google launches a new beta build for its Chrome Web browser. The latest application development measure includes 30 percent faster processing, introductory HTML5 support, a new New Tab page and Omnibox and, of course, the Chrome Themes everyone has been talking about this week. With 2.6 percent of the browser market, Chrome trails Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple's Safari and Opera.
Google Aug. 5 released
a new beta for its Chrome Web
browser. Chrome 18.104.22.168 boasts a 30
percent improvement in speed over the current channel release, HTML 5
capabilities, an improved New Tab page and Omnibox, and 29 themes to make the
browser more lively.
Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple's Safari and Opera
in the browser market. Statistics from researcher Net Applications show
has 2.6 percent of the browser market, trailing IE's 67.7 percent, Firefox's
22.5 percent and Safari's 4 percent.
Google hopes to change that scenario, but it will take
time because the incumbents are not standing still. Last month, Mozilla
Firefox 3.5, which has been well received by users. New beta builds
can help Chrome get up to speed, so to speak, with rivals such as Firefox.
Chrome engineer Glen Murphy said
the new beta release tested 30 percent faster than the previous build on
Also, when users open a new Web page while other Web
pages are still loading, Chrome fetches text, images, and video requests for the
new page ahead of the requests from the older pages. Pages should also load
faster due to DNS caching, more efficient DOM bindings and proxy auto-configuration
Murphy said the Chrome team has also started building
capabilities into this beta, with features such as video tag
functionality and Web workers. HTML5 is the next major revision of the core Web markup language.
Now for the improvements to the navigation and aesthetics
of Chrome that end users without any technical savvy will appreciate. Images of the following improvements may be found in
this review of Chrome 22.214.171.124 on Google Watch here
Users can now drag and drop new Websites into the top slot on the
page and pin Website thumbnails to a particular spot so they don't
disappear even if your browsing habits change. Users can also hide parts of the
page using the layout buttons on the top right of the New Tab page.
The Omnibox, the address and search bar that sits atop
the browser window now has an improved drop-down menu, including icons to help
users pick through their suggested sites, searches, bookmarks and sites from
their browsing history.
Beginning today, users can also add a theme to their
browser, similar to the way they would choose themes as the backgrounds for
their iGoogle home pages. Users can choose from among 29 themes at the Chrome Themes Gallery here
. Themes will only run on Chrome version 3.0 and
Users who want to try out these new features must be on the
, through which Chrome regularly gets updated with new speed
enhancements, features and bug fixes. Or users can
download Chrome here
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