Google wasn’t kidding when they said that there would less time in between releases of Google Chrome. We just reported two days ago that Google released a stable version of Google Chrome 7. We can also expect to see the first beta version of Google Chrome 8 within the next few days. But the Chromium development is not slowing down whatsoever. We have just entered the Chromium 9 era!
There are a total of five versions each release of Google Chrome goes through: Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary, and Chromium. It was just two short weeks ago that Chromium 8 hit the Dev channel, and the stable version of Google Chrome 8 should land by the end of November. Google’s ultimate goal in all this is to get Google Chrome OS to the version 1.0 milestone.
What does Chrome OS have to do with the Chrome browser? Well everything, seeing that the highly anticipated Chrome OS is based up the progress and capabilities of the Chrome browser. Currently Chrome OS is at build 0.9.93.0, and is running Chrome version 8.0.552.9.
The biggest addition to Chrome 9 will be full support for hardware acceleration, along with some visual tweaks for the new Omnibox, which currently can be seen in Chromium 8.
[via Download Squad]