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Google Chrome Gets Themes & 30% Speed Boost

Gordon Kelly


Google Chrome Gets Themes & 30% Speed Boost

Chrome may have long battled fellow Webkit based rival Safari 4 for the title of Most Blazingly Fast Crazy Speed Demon Browser for some time now, but suddenly it has taken a clear lead while adding *whisper it* customisation...

These leaps come with beta version of Chrome which was released today and it brings a claimed 30 per cent boost in V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over v2.0 - its 'stable' channel release counterpart. By way of context, industry testing puts this at about double the speed of Firefox 3.5 and around 8x faster than IE8.

Perhaps more interesting for non-speed junkies are some design and functionality overhauls. Immediately obviously will be the redesigned new tab page, which allows users to pin their favourite sites to the 'Most visited' slots and collapse information they don't want displayed. The Omnibox (url/google search bar) also gets a spit and polish to offer Firefox-esque drop down suggestions as you type, while basic downloadable themes have been added to Chrome ahead of its much anticipated third party extensions.

Chrome also brings the first HTML5 capabilities and better multitasking with new links now able to be clicked on a page while it is still loading (something of a major omission previously).

All in all, well worth the download...


Google Blog Announcement

Google Chrome Beta & Developer Edition

Google Chrome Themes


August 6, 2009, 2:26 pm

Im considering switching from FF to GC... its getting rather impressive now..


August 6, 2009, 2:32 pm

My version of Chrome is actually


August 6, 2009, 4:05 pm

Forgive my ignorance, but is Chrome still in Beta? If so, do we have a date for the final release?


August 6, 2009, 5:44 pm

Changed to Chrome about 2 weeks ago after being a Firefox user for a while. Not 100% (crashes on BA web-site for example) but very much quicker than FF or IE.

@TheEvilGenius - Chrome is out of Beta now, this is a Beta for the next release.


August 6, 2009, 5:44 pm

When I use Chrome and I´m in Fullscreen mode(F11) I´m not able to get acess to my bookmarks or the adressbar(Omnibox) and the only way to get acess to these is to get out of the fullscreenmode.

Is there a way like in Firefox, to get acess to those things and that they autohide when not in use?


August 6, 2009, 6:04 pm

I'll also probably switch to Chrome too; Firefox is starting to feel a bit bloated. I'm very impressed by Google lately, even if they are inevitably going to turn eeevil ;)


August 6, 2009, 6:18 pm

Woot now I can pimp da chrome like the average myspace page.


August 6, 2009, 6:29 pm

@TheEvilGenius Chrome v2.x is not beta, version 3.0 is beta currently.


August 6, 2009, 8:47 pm

it doesnt take Gg very long to progress Chrome to near 3.x considering it has only been on the market for a few month...

Ron 1

August 7, 2009, 12:10 pm

Come on Google - let's have a version for the Mac - it's the one thing I miss since switching from a PC.


August 8, 2009, 2:34 am

@Ron - If you're not bothered about running developer versions, you can get an official Chrome build for Mac from:


I've had relatively few problems with it, but please note that it doesn't have support for a bookmark menu, or flash yet (plus there may be a few bugs which need ironing out).

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