Get Ready For Google Chrome 2.0!

Saturday 10 January 2009 @ 9:49 pm

First of all, Happy 2009!

It’s just the second week of 2009, Google is already giving us surprises.
Things that I’ve noticed so far are Google Pagerank update, change of their favicon (as you can see below) and the release of pre-beta version of Google Chrome 2.0.

Google Latest Favicon In 2009
Google Latest Favicon In 2009

Google Chrome 2.0

The speed of Google Chrome development is awesome, this is only the fourth month since it’s first release of Chrome 1.0. The version I just upgraded mine is pre-beta (Alpha release) Chrome 2.0, which is not available for public download.

pre-beta Google Chrome 2.0
A peak at pre-beta Google Chrome 2.0

This version is a developer preview version where latest features will be included for testing purposes. It could be very unstable at times and might require manual configuration too, but I just can’t stop myself from getting a peak at the features in its next release. On top of my own curiosity, I also feel like sharing this latest news with my readers as well.

So, here goes the new features that you’ll see when Google Chrome 2.0 is released :-

  • Importing bookmarks from Google Bookmarks
    Now you can import bookmarks you stored at Google toolbar.
  • New version of WebKit rendering engine
    Meaning better browsing experience with new features like form auto-complete, full page zooming, auto-scrolling, better CSS support (CSS gradients, canvas drawing, reflections, and masks), spell checking improvements, and so on.
  • Use different browser profiles
    Good when you are sharing the PC with others, so each user will have separated profile (different bookmarks, history, cookies, etc.)
  • Support of experimental user script
    Similar to how Firefox allows Greasemonkey script to run.
  • A new HTTPS-only browsing mode
    A brand new concept in web browser as it will only load HTTPS sites with no SSL certificate error. Basically, HTTPS is a secured browsing channel where all data transmitting there will be encrypted. This feature is particularly useful considering the Internet users will be doing more online transactions than before.

For more detailed feature lists, go here.

There is a good news for Linux and Mac users too as Google Chrome 2.0 is now using own version of HTTP library (discarded WinHTTP library) and soon will support Linux and Mac systems.

So, are you already a Google Chrome user and what do you think?

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6 Responses to 'Get Ready For Google Chrome 2.0!'

  1. CLF - January 10th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Good to see the browser is improving.
    Firefox may be good but it’ll slows down with lots of bookmarks and plugins.
    IE? no comment lol!

  2. Maris - January 13th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    what I don’t like about Google Chrome though is that it doesn’t have a home button on the GUI… you always have to click the + button on the tabs to bring you back home. Sometimes it hangs too, but then again, Chrome is still under testing and experimenting, so it’s a great way for Google to enter the browser market—it gives netizens more choices in browser preference.


  3. wong - January 13th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Those update sound very techie… I’m still waiting for LIVE BOOKMARK like Firefox :P

  4. SapiensBryan - January 14th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    CLF : Yea, good to see positive competition among web browsers. I hate the fact IE still used by the majority and they are so slow in rolling out the newer version.

    Maris : The home part I agree with you totally!

    Wong : Sorry to be a little technical here. :p I’m still waiting them to integrate Google Toolbar on it actually.

  5. Autoacid - January 18th, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been using KMLite browser.

  6. Lisalicious - February 10th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    oh I just realised there is a new update from here..
    I have been using it since it was launched =D

    I love Chrome for surfing but nothing else “-_-
    still can’t bit FireFox

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