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Google Chrome Getting Extensions By May

Gordon Kelly


Google Chrome Getting Extensions By May

For those tempted but not yet convinced to swap over to Google's lightening Chrome browser there tends to be a common reason for their hesitancy: extensions.

This is all about to change however with after session topics for Google's I/O developer conference in May were posted including the unambiguously titled: 'Developing extensions for Google Chrome'.

"Learn how Google Chrome makes it easy to write extensions using the web technologies you already know," explains the synopsis. "This talk will cover the basics of the extension system (distribution/packaging, installation, updates), as well as the different APIs to enhance with the browser."

Presumably given the 27 May date for this session Chrome will have the functionality up and running before this to aid familiarity and generate ideas. If not, the three month gap could prove a major obstruction to wider user take-up. I for one know without versions/equivalents of Content Search, Tab Mix Plus, Converter, Gmail Notifier, Twitterfox, Boox and Forecastfox I won't be making the switch to Google's otherwise hugely tempting browser and it will be restricted to Gmail/Google Calendar application shortcut roles.

Come on Google, step it up. After all this is core functionality and it is not like Chrome is in beta anymore...


Google I/O Developer Sessions


February 9, 2009, 5:31 am

Finally! Will they also add the ability to change the theme/skin?

I'd also like to see them add a more extensive options menu like Firefox, but even without all these features I still feel Chrome is a superior browser.


February 9, 2009, 7:03 am

Have you never tried the gmail notifier tray app Gordon?


February 9, 2009, 9:53 am

@ravmania - yep, but it's not really the same thing as full blown extensions. I get your point though :)


February 9, 2009, 3:43 pm

Finally I have tried Chrome, it's pretty and easy, and a joy to use BUT it's so noisy writing up a history folder and Google's love of knowing everything you do it's going soon.


February 9, 2009, 4:14 pm

they need to improve the bookmark system...


February 9, 2009, 5:57 pm

For those concerned about Google's invasion of privacy, they should maybe have a look at iron. It's based on Chrome, but supposedly without the invasion:



February 9, 2009, 6:08 pm

Won't make a difference to many who have already chosen Chrome as their permanent browser. I don't need extensions and hope that Chrome won't become bloated with them. I will however give some a try when they do appear.

Robert Elliot

February 9, 2009, 6:35 pm

The only person who can bloat your browser with extensions is you, by installing them and failing to uninstall them.


February 11, 2009, 3:58 am

No, I'd argue that the people creating genuinely useful extensions without thorough testing are the ones that bloat a browser. As an end-user you don't analyse how much ram an extension uses or know exactly which extension caused the browser to become sluggish or crash

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