Either by downloading it (here) or receiving an update, you can now install version 18.104.22.168.
As I indicated yesterday, it seems as thought much of the push to get Chrome out of beta early (let's not forget how long Gmail has been in beta) is based on Google's desire to partner with OEMs and get Chrome on the desktop of PCs. However, in the blog post announcing Chrome's release, Sundar Pichai, VP, Product Management at Google said:
And, while impressive in its speed, it's lacking in features. In terms of basic browsing features, there's no issue (aside from bugs), but in terms of a feature set that matches Firefox, for example, the current lack of extensions leaves a lot to be desired.
Additionally, adding features usually adds bloat, so the question is still open if Chrome can maintain its speed as it matures. And it's still very buggy: uTest used its crowdsourced testing model on the three beta browsers, Firefox 3.1, IE8 and Chrome, and came up with the following results:
- 461 uTesters evaluated Chrome and identified 297 bugs, including 12 percent that were classified as showstoppers.
- 356 uTesters evaluated Internet Explorer 8 and identified 168 bugs, including 9 percent that were classified as showstoppers.
- 514 uTesters evaluated Firefox 3.1 beta and identified 207 bugs, including 24 percent that were classified as showstoppers.
Still, it's there. So readers: wait or switch?