LABS GALLERY: Chrome 3.0 Beta Shows Googles Rush to Catch Up with Rivals

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LABS GALLERY: Chrome 3.0 Beta Shows Googles Rush to Catch Up with Rivals

by Jim Rapoza

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Customized Thumbnails

With the Google Chrome 3.0 beta, users can customize thumbnails in the new-tab page by dragging and dropping sites to new spots on the page.

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Pinned

As is the case with browsers such as Opera and Safari, the Chrome 3.0 beta lets users pin a site to a specific spot on the new-tab page so it stays there no matter how often it is visited.

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New-Tab Layout

The layout of the new-tab page can also be controlled so it shows lists instead of thumbnails of frequently visited sites.

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Themes

The basic look and feel of Chrome can now be customized through the use of themes.

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Online Gallery

An online gallery of themes lets users of the Google Chrome 3.0 beta try out different color styles and backgrounds.

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Omnibox

The address bar—or Omnibox, as Google calls it—displays icons that let users know if a result is a Website, search, favorite or site in the browser history.

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Acid3 Test

While Chrome 2.0 gets a near-perfect score in the Web Standards Project's Acid3 test, the Chrome 3.0 beta gets a perfect score.

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HTML 5 Support

The beta of Google Chrome 3.0 features increased HTML 5 support, including the ability to run video natively in the browser.

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