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Google Chrome, A new web browser from Google! New Screenshots and Download link

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Google Chrome, Wow, i just finished a post yesterday about IE8’s 2nd beta and there’s something that almost cleared off my radar, it seems that Google is launching a new browser!!! whaazzzaatttt!!!, its called Google Chrome, The first thing that came to my mind when i’ve read about it is that there will now be 1 more browser to put in your checklist when debugging your CSS. Anyway, the premise they made in this comic book, or a comic Google book (i don’t mean that the Google book is comic, what i mean is that the comic strips is published using Google book, sorry.), the premise they made is that…

Today, most of what we use the web for on a day-to-day basis aren’t just web pages, they’re APPLICATIONS

Yup, apps, you know, chat, games, videos, and the list goes, things which they say are not present when the original browsers are created. So they literally started from scratch, wow, thats something some people are telling Microsoft on what they do to IE8, but Microsoft don’t want to break existing web pages and still placed backwards compatibility on IE8. Yeah, believe it a lot of people are still using old browsers, i have created a Drupal theme a few months back for a corporate client, and they want it to be specifically compatible to IE5 because all of the employees of the corporation, a little over a thousand, is using that browser version. Anyway back to the Google Chrome, they have a lot of neat ideas, for example they adopted a process management system like those built in modern operating systems, this means that each tab, yes they will be using tabs, they said that they are taking some ideas from other browsers (but they also want others to get some ideas form them) this new process management means that every tab will run in their own process, basically, if a page is going to a hang, it wont bring the whole browser down with it, only that page. Freezing up happens a lot on Firefox now a days, when you browse too long and open a lot of tabs. Google Chrome will actually have a task manager like Windows, where you can see how many bandwidth each page is using and the amount of memory it is using for its self.

They also created a javascript Virtual Machine to be platform independent, which inherited its interpret once, run only afterwards (JIT) from ASP.net not like Java’s interpret everytime before it runs, so it will be fast. V8, which is the name of the VM, also have a built in “precise” Garbage collection according to them, which solves javascript’s classless problem, and yes, if your a programmer, you might be thinking now that V8 will interpret javascript it will run the code natively in the users CPU? yes it will, and it will provide a huge performance boost over those applications which the code runs over a VM which itself is over a browser, so theres a lot of layers. Its exciting what kind of applications will be coming out because of this new faster implementation.

With a MASSIVE amount of existing websites today, you might imagine again that Google has a burden of testing the new browser with a lot of web pages, no worry, because according to them, they also have a massive web crawler infrastructure, yes they are using their existing search engine infrastructure to make automated tests, now thats very good riddance! Now i understand, why Microsoft was going crazy in acquiring Yahoo! a few months back, because now its clear that IE8 and Firefox 3 is not only the new browsers in town, the previous are only new versions of the old browser actually, so lets hope Google Chrome do not go to the cuil’s way, their idea is good. You can check the comic book here and read about Google Chrome in the official Google Blogs. Filipino web developers will now have another thing to get excited about, or not, if this means additional work for the sites we are maintaining.

Ok, thats it for now, i’m also waiting for the Google Chrome download to be online, its currently not available but do check once in a while, they said it will be online today, below are some screenshots get your juice flowing, lol.

Google Chrome Screenshot

Google Chrome Screenshot

More Google Chrome Screenshots here

Cheers! and ill be with you again next time, i need to go back to work!


Google Chrome Download is now available here.


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September 2, 2008 at 8:43 am

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  1. nice blog… 😉


    September 2, 2008 at 9:20 am

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