Noé Luiz, a software engineer at Google, compared the latest feature of the company’s Chrome browser to his local deli knowing exactly what he is going to order before he opens his mouth.
Boring eating patterns aside, the stable release of Chrome 17 will track your online habits and when you begin typing in the omnibox and the URL auto-completes to a site it thinks you want to visit, Chrome will now pre-render the page in the background, making it appear faster – or “instantly” if you are to believe Google.
As well as the pre-rendering of pages, Chrome 17 has also updated on the security front. In addition to checking a list of known bad files, Chrome also does checks on executable files and if it doesn’t match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you’re accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads.
Google also took the opportunity to let those people using Chromebooks that updates to the Chrome OS will be rolling out in the “near future” to “further simplify the Chromebook” experience. One of the updates is set to be a new image editor to help user “to quickly view, edit and share photos on the web.”
Along with Chrome on Android Beta which was released this week, Google will be hoping that it will be able to reverse the recent decline in share of the browser market – it’s first in the last two years.
Source: Google Chrome Blog