Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Back to Beta: Google Chrome Now Faster

Google's Chrome reached the 1.0 version in December, though I felt it was a little rushed, intended to exit beta so that bundling deals could be made. Since then, Google has been updating builds in two release channels: developer and stable. Their latest release, re-introduces the beta channel, however.

The reason for this is that the beta channel is better tested than the developer channel, so if you want to try out new features with the reassurance that it will be relatively stable, the beta channel version is the way to go. And Google has some new "tricks" it wants users to try out.

And what Google wants users to really try out right now is the newest Javascript engine in Chrome. It's through changes in the Javascript engine that Firefox 3.5 (nee 3.1), Safari 4, Chrome, and IE8 have been dueling over performance numbers.

According to Google's blog post:
The best thing about this new beta is speed — it's 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version.

Some of the new features you can try out include form autofill, full page zoom and autoscroll (both thanks to a new version of WebKit), and a cool new way to drag tabs out to get a side-by-side view (shown below).
Check out the new tab dragging feature below. And you can download the latest beta here.

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