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Google Takes Beta Tags Off Chrome Extensions

Gordon Kelly by

If there seems to be one feature that is making users switch to Chrome then it appears to be the introduction of third party extensions. Well, expect a whole lot more to move now...

Previously just the luxury of those prepared to use the latest beta version of the lightning quick browser, Google has now brought them to everyone with the release of Chrome v4.0. A mixture of alerts (such as Google Mail Checker Plus), clients (like Chrowety for Twitter) and even entire stripped down websites (as in the case of Wikipedia Companion, Facebook To-Go and Mini Google Maps to name but a few), Chrome now totals more than 1500 extensions and adds a degree of flexibility only surpassed by Firefox. That said, unlike Mozilla's browser, installation of Chrome's extensions don't require a restart and don't appear to affect performance.

Speaking of which, Chrome 4.0 also brings major speed improvements with claims of a whopping 42 per cent boost over 3.x (it was already one of the fastest browsers around), plus the introduction of new HTML5 APIs, the Firefox killer feature smart keywords and the extremely handy real-time bookmark synchronisation functionality that has been knocking around in beta for some time.

Yep, all in all, this is a major upgrade to a browser which was already making friends and influencing people and I must admit it does make the updates in Firefox 3.6 seem a little lame by comparison. On the downside, at this stage only Windows users will get Chrome v4.0 without beta tags, though Linux users have access to them in beta. Meanwhile Mac owners - as often tends to be the way - will have to wait for now.

With the might of Google behind it, who knows where Chrome will go from here...?

In related news Google Reader can now create RSS feeds for sites even if they don't have them! This rather clever tweak is under the "Add a subscription" link where a new link: "create a feed" now resides. Funky.


via Official Blog Announcement

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January 26, 2010, 6:58 am

Been using for a while now. Some issues. Not major ones, but it seems that unlike FF, Chrome doesn't allow out and out script blocking. For example Chrome loads adverts and then manually blocks the element rather than blocking all scripts originating from known advertisers. Flashblocking works though.

Oh, and just to balance out my adblocking, I would like to inform that I used TR's price comparison to buy a USB speaker set. :D


January 26, 2010, 12:04 pm

I've been a huge fan of Firefox, but Chrome is very good. The lack of extensions (and partic bookmark syncing) was the one thing that held me to Firefox. As long as Chrome extensions prove as popular with developers as Firefox did, this should be a big boost to Chrome.


January 26, 2010, 12:42 pm

I don't get the whole all out Ad Blocking that people do. I turn it off on the sites I use a lot and only block certain things. Trusted Reviews wouldn't exist without adverts and its not like they are obtrusive, not on this site.

Martin Daler

January 26, 2010, 2:09 pm

where does Chrome stand with privacy? I don't have any knowledge on the subject, just a lurking feeling of ill-at-ease to think that one organisation could be collating and indexing my search, my email and my browsing. When do they launch VoIP?


January 26, 2010, 2:33 pm

I really suggest you read the privacy policy.



January 26, 2010, 3:41 pm

@Alan Clinch I Completely agree. For any site i visit on a daily basis i turn Adblock off. Quality content costs, and my payment is my eyeballs on adverts. Anyway, i am still sticking with Firefox thanks, i just wish they would sort out the memory leaks it has. Luckily i built my PC for Vista, so it can handle it ;)


January 26, 2010, 3:42 pm


Xmarks has been available for a while on Chrome - give it a go. It syncs my bookmarks from Firefox & Chrome between my work & home machines. It's excellent.

Adblock has been available for around a month and gets better and better with each version update.

Smooth Gestures takes care of my mouse-gesture needs too!

All bases covered :-)


January 26, 2010, 4:03 pm

does chrome have 'noscript' yet?


January 26, 2010, 4:37 pm

@Steve - Thanks for the Adblock heads-up. Have been using Adthwart on Chrome, but Adblock seems a bit more powerful.


January 26, 2010, 4:52 pm

@MartinDaler; I have read that the Government is pressing ahead with the "Big Brother" database. It is being done by the police and security services who will monitor every email sent, every website visited, each phone call made & all your text messages.The details will be stored for a year and will be available to government bodies.

So basically, your privacy is not private in any way, shape or form!


January 26, 2010, 9:11 pm

I didn't think it was possible for anything to be more badly organised than Firefox's extensions database but Chrome's just takes the biscuit, there seems no way to browse except in a huge list organised by most popular or most recent.


January 26, 2010, 9:37 pm

Re: Privacy

For those concerned there's always Iron :-)


Martin Daler

January 26, 2010, 11:57 pm

it seems I am behind the curve, Google will already do your phone calls as well, it will even transcribe them:



January 27, 2010, 6:42 pm

He all - quick question - how does one add RSS feeds to Chrome as a dropdown box (like the 'latest news' feed that comes as default on Firefox)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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