Google's Chrome team releases a stable build of the Web browser that incorporates the speed bumps and features introduced in August's Chrome 18.104.22.168 beta release. Chrome has been through 51 developer, 21 beta and 15 stable updates and 3,505 bug fixes in the past year. Greater expectations await Chrome now that Sony is bundling the browser alongside Internet Explorer on Vaio laptops.
In a belated celebration of Google Chrome's first birthday, Google
a stable build of its Web browser that boasts the speed bumps and
features introduced in the Chrome 22.214.171.124 beta release
A year ago, Google Chrome marked the search engine giant's entry into the competitive
Web browser market, going up against Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla
Firefox and Apple Safari.
Google Chrome has seen a fast-slow-fast start since its launch in September
2008. The browser grabbed 1 percent of the browser market within a week, but
stalled around 2 percent for several months.
Recently, thanks to word of mouth, faster innovation and buzz about the
company's forthcoming Chrome Operating System,
new life has been breathed into
Chrome. Net Applications claims Chrome now boasts 2.84 percent market share.
await Chrome now that Sony is bundling the browser alongside IE
on Vaio laptops. Google
has said it is talking with other computer makers about similar bundling deals.
Meanwhile, Chrome has been through 51 developer, 21 beta and 15 stable
updates and 3,505 bug fixes in the past year, Google Chrome Program Manager
Anthony Laforge claimed in a blog post on the latest stable Chrome 3.0 release.
Say goodbye to the old new-tab page;
Google has officially retired it in the latest stable
build, replacing it with this new new-tab page.
The new new-tab page is a vast improvement over the old one, adding drag and
drop capabilities so users can more easily rearrange the thumbnail images by
mouse. Thumbnails can also be pinned to a spot so they don't scroll off the
page as the user visits more Websites. The new-tab page also now lets users
hide parts of the page they don't want to see, or view a list of most visited
Websites instead of thumbnails. (Google Watch tested these changes
The Omnibox, Chrome's search and Web address bar, now includes icons to help
users distinguish between suggested sites, browsing history sites, searches and
Also, with HTML5's star rising, this stable version of Google Chrome turns
on the <video> tag in HTML5 to make embedding videos in a page as simple
as embedding regular images. This also allows videos to be played back without
Speed has always been a huge deal for Google's search engine, and so it is
for Web browsing. Laforge claimed the new stable release of Google Chrome
and by more than 25 percent over
the most recent stable release.
One last detail that is sure to make Apple Mac computer lovers happy: Google
told Reuters it is preparing a stable build of Chrome for use on Macs
by the end of 2009.