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Google Takes Chrome 5.0 Out of Beta

Gordon Kelly


We've often referred to the speed of Chrome's development as breakneck, but now necks are not only broken but possibly shattered we're going to need to find a new metaphor to keep up with this...

Remarkably, Chrome has hit its fifth major milestone in the 20 months since it was launched in September 2008 with v5.0 now available to all just three months since it was launched in beta.

We've long preached the benefits of using Chrome beta over the standard build, but now more cautious Windows, Mac and Linux users will have the same access to 30 per cent faster performance, Cloud syncing of browser preferences, extensions access in incognito browsing, expanded HTML5 support including compatibility for drag & drop in Gmail and an HTML5 bookmarks manager.

One area non-beta users do miss out on though is the native integration of Adobe Flash which - in keeping with its target audience - will only appear once Flash 10.1 itself comes out of beta. As with all Chrome updates, users will be updated to the latest version automatically.

As for beta testers, we're about to hit Chrome 6.0. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Link: Google Chrome Blog Post


May 26, 2010, 8:55 pm

Yes, doesn't seem that long ago that people were asking for a Mac version, though that's the pace of tech, especially Google tech & software. Chrome is now my main browser on Mac, Linux & Windows. Although, for some reason, it feels snappiest on Windows (maybe because of its relative maturity on this platform). Now, just have to decide whether to stick (with 5), or twist (and go 6 beta).


May 26, 2010, 10:37 pm

@Pbryanw - twisting is always more fun ;)


May 26, 2010, 11:49 pm

The only thing holding me back is still full UI customisation. Firefox is streets ahead with this. Chrome does feels oh so snappier though, so hope this improves soon.


May 26, 2010, 11:54 pm

Why oh why won't they make it possible for PROPER AdBlockers to be made?

I know Google have their own ad's but until they make a good alternative to AdBlock Plus it is losing out on many potential users including myself... They should get their priorities straight TBH.


May 27, 2010, 12:00 am

if only chrome for mac would support os x services, I'd switch in a flash..



May 27, 2010, 12:28 am

@SirThomas - you know Google's entire business is based on online ads, right? ;)

I'm actually impressed they allow them at all. Besides we also survive on ads - so don't switch the blockers on for us!


May 27, 2010, 12:35 am

@Gordon... Guilty as charged im afraid, I didn't even know this site had ad's until I browsed it at work a few months back... ahhh Firefox :)

The main reason I was saying that is because many, many months back they had said that such blockers were a priority.


May 27, 2010, 12:46 am

@Was- You might want to keep an eye on/star this bug:


It seems to deal with support for OS X services.

@Gordon - No blockers on TR for me, but I keep on accidentally mouse-overing the toshiba ad, which then gets in the way of the article I meant to click on.


May 27, 2010, 12:29 pm

I often read about Chrome on TR, but I'm not clear on why you love it so. I appreciate it's better than IE, but why is it better than Firefox? The "30% quicker" claim is nonsense in my experience and I love the layout and add-ons for Firefox. Is Chrome *better* than Firefox? If so, why?


May 27, 2010, 1:13 pm

You know the cynical side of me thinks they deliberatly release prior versions of Chrome that are slower than they could be, just so they can demonstrate these incredible speed jumps each time. I find it difficult to believe that they can produce such dramatic results in such a short amount of time. It suggests to me that the primary problem "slowing down" the browser is so quick and easy to rectify build-on-build that it really shouldn't have been a problem in the first place.

I'm please to see the ability to use Extensions in ingognito mode. Does anyone know if it supports tileing multiple tabs vertically or horizontally like Opera yet? That's really the only thing that puts me off Chrome now, tbh. That, and it's crappy method of dealing with bookmarks.


May 27, 2010, 3:02 pm

@McPlopp it's not 30% quicker than FF, it's 30% quicker than the last version of Chrome. Chrome is about 25x faster at page rendering than FF!! Of course the bottleneck is your Internet connection, but Chrome's infinitely faster start up time, much reduced memory footprint, greater stability, less space consuming UI and smarter pinned tabs all swung me to it after 5 years on FF.

@TheEvilGenius - I don't think so, but deliberately slower or not it is still streets ahead of the competition in raw speed terms so it doesn't really matter! Do you mean multiple rows of tabs?

Not sure what you mean regarding the bookmarks, the built in Cloud sync, bookmarks bar and 'Other bookmarks' work just as well as any other browser to me. That said, with integrated search in all browsers' url bars does anyone really need bookmarks any more other than a few icons in a bookmarks bar?!

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May 27, 2010, 4:54 pm

I love chromes speed and stability but I think they have lost focus a little. I have a high DPI laptop and google cant even scale up correctly to fit the screen. Text and images are too small and I have to manually zoom in with every website. Speed should be focused on downloading large files. DAP software should be incorporated into the browser.


May 27, 2010, 5:09 pm


To clarify, by multiple tabs I mean that Opera allows me to have multiple tab sessions open, within one browser window. I can then arrange those vertically or horizontally within the browser window. For example, I could have Play open in one half of the screen, and Amazon open in the other in order to compare prices. As far as I'm aware, the only way of achieving that with Chrome would be to have two browser windows open at once, side by side.

Regarding bookmarks I just don't like how Chrome adds those buttons below the address bar. I prefer my Bookmarks in one drop down menu. It's just personal taste, no biggy. BTW I find that intergrated search drop down thing from the address bar really annoying. At least Opera gives you the option to turn it off, whereas Chrome's is on all the time. Again, just personal preference, really, but it's nice to have the option.


May 28, 2010, 5:50 am

I must say that I am at a bit of a loss here. When Opera 10.5 came out, it was touted as the fastest browser on the planet, meaning that it was obviously faster than Chrome at that point in time. Google has now released the fifth rendition of Chrome which is 30% faster than its predecessor, however, and nobody has really compared it to Opera. It's nice to know how Google improved its own browser but how does it compare to the others now?

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