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Google Chrome Updated - Again

David Gilbert


Google Chrome Updated - Again

We had to go and check, but we were right, Google’s Chrome web browser was only launched in September 2008 and yet we now have the 8th iteration of the speedy browser.

When the pop-up came up yesterday to ask if we wanted to upgrade to the latest version of the browser {snazzily titled 8.0.552.215} we were taken aback that it had reached the mature age of eight in the short space of 24-months. The problem however is that this update like the others before it brings little in the way of new functionality.

The main addition to the update on the Stable channel is the inclusion of a PDF reader, that uses Chrome's sandboxing protection to ward off viruses, and has been available in the Beta channel for a while now. What may be more exciting though is support for the upcoming Web apps that Google will host in the Chrome Web Store, when that launches. This could eventually lead to a lot more functionality when the Store comes online.

Google has also included 800 bug fixes in the release which will no doubt bring a lot more stability to the browser. People already using Chrome will be updated automatically but should this not happen then just click on Wrench > About Google Chrome > Update Now. So while it won't change your life, it's still probably worth updating your browser to 8. I guess it will give Chrome users something to do while they await the long-delayed Chrome OS.

Source: Google Chrome Releases

Chatan Mistry

December 3, 2010, 6:46 pm

Hi! How did you get Chrome to prompt you to update? Mine just seems to update itself in the background, and I'ld like to be told when it's done!


December 3, 2010, 7:23 pm

Chrome seems to bring out a 'major' new browser when in reality its little more than when say firefox went from 3.5 to 3.6


December 3, 2010, 8:57 pm

Makes me wish Firefox 4 would finally come out.


December 4, 2010, 5:44 am

WHAT!? This is plain lazy journalism. Here is the list of functionality updates David Gilbert didn't find noteworthy:

1. Instant Web page loading and keyword search

2. Graphics hardware acceleration (!!!!! ie9 puts this in a beta and is suddenly the greatest thing since the internet, then chrome releases stable acceleration BEFORE microsoft and it's not even worth a mention?)

3. Support for WebGL

4. Tabs on the left side

5. Passphrase encryption for syncing your browser data

6. Browser settings in a tab

7. Printing to the cloud

8. Apps and a Web store (A whole Google webstore!)

from http://edudemic.com/2010/12...

This is sad not just because TR didn't recognize noteworthy functions of Chrome 8 but they are missing the real story, that is the new release cycle of Chrome. Google is now committed to releasing a new stable version of Chrome every six weeks, and it's not just leading to a better browser but a better operating system, Chrome OS.


December 4, 2010, 6:14 am

I really don't see what the big deal is about Chrome's incremental updates. I would actually rather have constant incremental improvements than have to wait long periods to get them all in one go.

8 metres or 8000 millimitres? Same difference really 'intit . . .


December 4, 2010, 6:19 am

Hard to believe that people are spitting dummies out because one developer has decided not to conform with the common scheme and instead record each minor update in the version number.


December 4, 2010, 12:50 pm

I think you'll find that's a picture of a spanner you click on

Next you'll be telling us cars have trunks, pavements are sidewalks and that 'colorized' is a real word ... :)


December 4, 2010, 10:49 pm

I hardly spitting dummies out its just a bit misleading when all it is a very minor update. You don't see windows, mac, firefox etc doing it. The reason being is that by the end of next year will'll be on chrome version 20 or something at this rate. I think they might start to regret it, is the main point I want to make though.


December 5, 2010, 1:46 am

Does this really clasify as news? A browser having a software update?


December 5, 2010, 8:11 pm

So what if there is Chrome v. 20 that is generationally similar to the others are still on v. 8 or 11 or whatever?

They want to use a different numbering scheme. Get over it.

Horse, putting, cart, the, before <--- rearrange.

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