Google Chrome for Mac, Linux goes stable

Ronny Kerr · May 25, 2010 · Short URL:

Exiting beta, Mac and Linux versions of Google Chrome getting closer to Windows version

Chrome for Mac and Linux is finally out of beta and is rapidly approaching the speed and stability offered by the Windows version of Google's browser.

Besides launching as stable iterations for the very first time, Google Chrome for Mac and Linux now comes packaged with a bunch of new features.

Users can now synchronize browser preferences (this includes themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, preferred languages, and even page zoom settings) as well as bookmarks across multiple computers, allowing them to take their favorite browser experience with them everywhere.

Another pretty cool feature packaged in today's update is the ability to manage specific extensions to work in incognito mode. Most browsers today offer an option to hide your history at the flick of button, but this takes it a step further by even hiding actions taken with extensions.

Also, according to Google's own stats, this is the fastest version of Chrome yet:
Google Chrome Bookmark Manager with HTML5
The performance bar for all three versions keeps getting higher: today’s new stable release for Windows, Mac and Linux is our fastest yet, incorporating one of our most significant speed improvements to date. We’ve improved by 213 percent and 305 percent in Javascript performance by the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks since our very first beta, back in Chrome’s Cretaceous period (September 2008).

Finally, perfectly in tune with the gradual migration to HTML5, the new Google Chrome takes advantage of HTML5 features like Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop. Chrome's bookmark manager also got a new look through HTML5 designs (pictured).

Soon, Google will have Mac and Linux users automatically update their browsers to the newest version.

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