Today Google announced a new release of their Chrome for Mac browser dubbing it the “fastest version of Chrome to date”. While there are many backend improvements detailed in the full press release from Google below, the main improvements users will be happy about include access to over 4,500 extensions, advanced preferences and bookmarks syncing, support for HTML5, and a highly improved bookmark manager. Linux users also have access to the first stable channel release today. Download links below.
From the Google Mac Blog:
Today, I’m happy to announce that Google Chrome for Mac is being promoted out of beta to our stable channel. We believe that it provides not only the stability, performance and polish that every Mac user expects, but also a seamless native Mac application experience that Mac users will feel instantly at home with.
If you have already have a beta build of chrome on your Mac, you will be updated automatically or can do so via Chrome>About Google Chrome>Update now.
Full Press Release from Google Chrome Blog:
A new Chrome stable release: Welcome, Mac and Linux!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 8:59 AM
In our most recent beta release, we fired up all engines to bring to life our fastest version of Chrome to date.
Today, we’re bringing all this beta goodness to the stable channel so that it’s available to all Chrome users. We’re particularly excited to bring Chrome for Mac and Linux out of beta, and introduce Chrome’s first stable release for Mac and Linux users. You can read more about the Mac and Linux stable releases on the Google Mac and Chromium blogs respectively.
Today’s stable release also comes with a host of new features. You’ll be able to synchronize not only bookmarks across multiple computers, but also browser preferences — including themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, preferred languages, and even page zoom settings. Meanwhile, for avid extensions users, you can enable each extension to work in incognito mode through the extensions manager.
Our stable release also incorporates HTML5 features such as Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets, and file drag-and-drop. For a taste of HTML5’s powerful features, try browsing through websites developed in HTML5 such as scribd.com, dragging and dropping attachments in Gmail, or by enabling the geolocation functionality in Google Maps. We’ve also given Chrome’s bookmark manager a facelift with HTML5:
In recent weeks, we’ve been beta-testing Adobe Flash Player integration into Chrome. While Flash Player integration in the browser is not included by default in today’s stable release, we’re excited to enable this feature with the full release of Flash Player (version 10.1) soon.
If you’re already using Chrome for Windows, Mac or Linux, you’ll be auto-updated to this latest release soon. You can also try out these new features on our speedy browser now, by downloading Chrome from google.com/chrome.
Posted by Brian Rakowski, Product Manager