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Chrome Gets 30% Faster & Integrates Flash

Gordon Kelly


If you're still wondering why Google Chrome appears to be the main reason behind Internet Explorer's market share dropping under 60 per cent for the first time in 11 years this may help explain it...

Chrome's prolific developers have again pushed out yet another exciting build - this time 5.0.375.29 beta on Windows, Mac and Linux - which combines yet more features with even greater speed. How much speed? Up to 30 per cent in V8 benchmarking over the last Chrome beta (which is already faster than the current stable Chrome build) and up to 35 per cent faster in SunSpider benchmarks. For those keeping score, this equates to 213 per cent and 305 per cent boosts on V8 and Sunspider respectively since Chrome was first launched just 20 months ago.

In short: Chrome is once again by far the fastest page rendering browser available after Opera briefly dared to steal its title. Yes, you'll still be dependent on your Internet connection, but much less on your PC to render the page once the information is received. How fast can Chrome work in real terms? The video above is a pretty startling example.

On top of this is an expansion of bookmark sync which can now sync browser preferences (themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings and language) across multiple machines. As promised by Google previously, Flash support is integrated directly into the browser meaning no need to download it separately plus automatic updates, better performance and it is sandboxed so Flash can't crash the browser even if it crashes itself.

HTML5 support gets improved too with support for Geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets and site wide drag and drop - as witnessed in microcosm previously with Gmail drag & drop attachment functionality which was added last month. Lastly extensions can now be used in the browser's incognito mode.

Chrome has almost tripled its market share in the last 10 months and I wouldn't expect that rate to drop off any time soon...


Official Chrome Blog Post

Chrome Beta for Windows

Chrome Beta for Mac

Chrome Beta for Linux


May 5, 2010, 1:26 pm

I'm one of those helping to increase Google's market share, and to be honest I prefer it to any other browser on the Market currently. I can't wait to see the improvements roll out to the masses.


May 5, 2010, 1:49 pm

Just gambled and installed it (Chrome is my main browser of choice now). So far I can say it is fine on the TR site ... surely that is the most important thing? ;)


May 5, 2010, 2:42 pm

Is this a news item or an advertisement?


May 5, 2010, 3:37 pm

I might finally give Chrome a whirl as Opera has lost its way. Really don't like the new version.


May 5, 2010, 4:29 pm

I use chrome, but I don't know why but every day I have issues displaying some we pages i just highlight something, or try to click on a link on some sites and it just crashes on me with the page error and a sad smiley.

I still use chrome, but it can be a pain having to refresh the same page 5 times just to read a little more of an article each time


May 5, 2010, 4:42 pm

@Metalex - we like something we say so, we don't like something we say so. It's a concept you may have to get used to ;)


May 5, 2010, 5:36 pm

@Gordon - Actually as human beings, when we like something, we don't usually say so. When we don't like something, we complain!!


May 5, 2010, 5:51 pm

I disagree with Chrome being fastest in real world usage. I regularly wait for ages for the little dial to stop spinning and actually load a page, no idea what causes it but never have that issue with FF. Maybe its ad's holding the page up (FF ABP > Chrome ABP) or something else but I dont really find it faster in a practical sense. It loads the entire page at once but for me generally takes longer to reach the stage where it starts actually loading, or the page has loaded but images are still coming through (not a major delay but noticeable).


May 5, 2010, 6:00 pm

@Gordon: Damn, you beat me to it :P.

Also, Chrome is undeniably the best, thus worth shouting about.

It is the truth, thus have I spoken.


May 5, 2010, 7:01 pm

@darkspark88: No, as Brits we do that, not everyone is as reserved. Anyone ever read trustedviews.es?

It was particularly glowing as a report, but then I agree the facts deserved it. Quite how they manage to make it 30% faster each time they have a new release I'll never know. How long before Google implement some clever algorithm to work out what page we'll load next and load it before we have even released where we want to go ourselves... "Google Chrome, faster than thought".


May 5, 2010, 7:39 pm

Moved from Firefox to Chrome, after reading so many articles of praise on this web-site. And after using it for a while, I can't go back to Firefox. I prefer the location bar, the raw speed, and the way extensions can be updated without having to restart the browser.

Also, I wish other browsers followed the same update model as Chrome, with different versions for different users e.g. the beta version for those who want cutting edge features along with stability. And the automatic updating, without notification, is another feature I've grown to like.


May 5, 2010, 11:21 pm

All this work into their mobile browser, just wondered, what's going on with the Android browser? They seem happy to let Opera and others steal the limelight there recently, it's kinda surprising they don't incorporate all these lovely improvements in Chrome to their mobile browser. I know it's a different thing, but i'm sure they've got a common base.


May 6, 2010, 12:14 am

Might be forced to try this now that Firefox 3.6.3 32 bit pixelates images when running under Windows 7 64 bit. Horrible when you have a properly calibrated monitor.

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