Chrome’s 1st Stable Release

Google released first stable version 1.0.154.36 of Chrome on 11 December 2008.  This is version is mailly bug fix & performance optimized version.

  1. It has fixed bug related to audio & video plugins. Now it has some more stability.
  2. It has optimized V8. Chrome team claims V8 of this release is faster than first beta.
  3. Bookmark management features introduced. Also introduced some priacy related features.

chrome-bookmark

These were main points of first stable release. Stable release just after 100 days with basic features is good from any developmet team. In between first beta & first stable there were 14 releases.

Now people will think about Chrome as it has stable version. There is a challenge to come and stand equal with IE, Firefox, Safari & Opera. As Chrome is in its childhood with not much features, it may require some more time & some more new features to become mature or comperable main stream browser.

There will be many new features in version 2.

Google Chrome Beta release 0.3.154.9

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released by Google. This new version is get updated automatically. You can open About Google Chrome (from the wrench menu) to get the update at any time. 

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Top Fixed Issues

  1. Scrolling with laptop touchpads now works.
  2. Improved performance and reliability for plugins (like Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and Windows Media). We fixed issues with video not loading, stopping after a second, and slowing down or freezing Google Chrome (100% CPU usage). 
  3. Fixed the ‘chrome has crashed’ message when you close a tab that was showing PDF using Adobe Reader 9. 
  4. We no longer store data from secure sites (they use https: and show a lock in the address bar) in your history. You can still search your history for the site’s address, but not the contents on the page. 
  5. Improved performance and reliability for people who use web proxies (thanks to griffinz for the fixes).

Some improvement in incognito window, spell checker & download behaviour of the files are some other changes.

Security fix for address spoofing in pop-ups issue released in the new beta release.

Now Google Chrome is not crashing while writing WordPress blog. Previous version was crashing frequenly. It is more stable version than previous release.  Read more about first version review.

More details on: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2008/10/beta-release-031549.html

First experience with Google Chrome : Review

I came to know about Google Chrome. Then I checked its comic book. Comic book has convinced to download & try it.

It took few seconds to download & install it. It don’t ask much question to install it. Even it has not asked to set it as default browser. I liked it. It don’t want to create its monopoly from day one.

Title-bar

Chrome is very sleek browser. It has utilized title bar area of window as a tab bar. I see first application which has used title-bar area to other than tab. I don’t know how much people like it but I like it. Chrome has broke very old concept of any application window by replacing tab bar with title-bar. I have seen first good implementation of tab bar in Opera browser (may be in version 5 or 6). Firefox made concept of tab browsing very popular. Now it is adopted by most of all popular browser. Now Chrome has try to tab-bar with new idea. Actually it has tried to utilized space used by title bar & tried to give more area for web page.In  Chrome opening new window & tab is faster & smooth.

Address-bar

Address-bar is good. It suggest good option automatically from history & from search engine (may be i am 100% right about it). It has no separate search bar like Firefox but address-bar will be used to search. It also has option for changing search engine. Chrome highlights domain part of URL. It is a good usability feature. It is available in firefox with some add-on.

Application Shortcut

Another good feature is application shortcut. You can type Gmail URL & select from menu to make it application shortcut. It is good you don see address bar as you don’t need it while accessing such application. But this application opens in separate window. That I don’t like. It should have open in main window without address-bar & it should have saved space in task bar. Same feature is also available with Firefox using Prism.

Crash Management/ Error Handing

Chrome crashes many time during my first few hours of use. But this crash was different from Firefox & IE. I have not lost anything. It just show message of special page saying just reload the page & reload made me happy as I got everything. It also crashed while installing Silverlite from top page of Microsoft. It Also crashed while closing one tab (I don’t remember exact details about it). It has at least crashed 8-10 times while writing this blog. But it is different experience. I simply call it error while rendering page or doing some other operation like installing something. I hate frequent crashing of Chrome but I would give full marks for error handling or crash management. But I feel that error shown by Chrome is bit higher. I hope update of chrome will be make Chrome more stable in few weeks. Till the time I would not like to write WordPress blog using Chrome.

Developer Option

Chrome shows HTML source in separate tab with color highlight. It also have javascript debug feature & javascript console. Javascript console is like firebug in Firefox. I liked it very much. Not because it has features but Chrome team understand the need of developer better at first go.

Javascript Console

Javascript Console

incognito window

Chrome has good & new safety feature called incognito window. This window will keep application/page running this window hidden from other window or tab. It also don’t record it in history. Good feature.

incognito

incognito window

Status bar, Find bar, Task manager, bookmark bar

Nice find bar shown when Ctrl + f pressed. Inteligent status-bar is shown only when you on hyperlink. Progress-bar is missing. Task manager is good concept. It can help to terminate some unwanted or hanged tab or window process. Shows some important information about loaded page. Bookmark bar can show or hide  by just pressing Ctrl + b.

Usability feature: Text Zoom

Text zoom is old feature. Using this only text of page are zoomed. Other than text is not zoomed. So page get lost its actual layout. This feature is in Firefox 2 & IE 6. But IE 7 & Firefox 3 has moved to some advance zoom feature in that all content of page is zoomed including images & content like flash also.  It is something like starching base canvas on that page is drawn.

Missing features

User interface customization is first missing feature in chrome. Nowadays user like to see layout browser as it comes out of box. Everyone wants personalized layout. So feature like themes can make make me happy. Also Layout customization is require to set particular user interface component like button address bar at personalized place. Such features is available with major competitor.

Second missing is add-ons or extension. Add-ons or extension is a way to extend the custom functionality which is not a standard. As lots of add-ons are available for firefox. This add-ons of Firefox made me the real fan of Firefox. This are must features for any extensive browser user.

Final verdict

May be google has planed to introduce missing features gradully in near future. Hope we will see it soon. But I would like to see first more stable version of Chrome. Overall first preview has put good impresion on me. I would like to try feature realease of Chrome before throwning away.

Some other good review links:

  1. http://jeremybuff.wordpress.com/2008/09/03/review-google-chrome-2/
  2. http://ostatic.com/172340-blog/hands-on-with-chrome-clean-and-crisp-but-needs-extensions
  3. http://www.usefulconcept.com/index.cfm/2008/9/2/Google-Chrome-Review
  4. http://ptech.allthingsd.com/20080902/first-test-of-googles-new-browser/

Google Chrome: New page in browser war

Google Chrome 

 

Google Chrome

Google has launched new web browser Chrome. It is based on Webkit engine. Webkit is mainly a used by mobile phone/device browser.

Google claims that it has been tested with billions of already crawled pages by Google. So it seems it has passed good amount of automated testing.

Google has published introduction of browser in comic format on following URL. It is interesting.
http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

Here big question is: Can Chrome capture the big market share of Internet Explorer? Firefox tried to do it with many good features, but I believe majority of traffic of most site comes from Internet Explore. I think you will not find much literature about Internet Explorer beating Firefox, but you can find reverse easily.

So now it is not only about features but also about marketing, Strong Goggle is behind Chrome. We need to see how Google do the marketing of Chrome. Will it capture the market share of Internet Explorer or Firefox. Similar things happed in operating system market. People says Linux has captured the market of Unix or its proprietary variant not the market share of Microsoft Windows.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Firefox comes with tab browsing concept.

Chrome will come with multi process & multi threading concept.

Internet Explorer do not come with any concept, but it comes with Windows.