Google yesterday launched Google Chrome browser which is based on an open source project named ‘Chromium’. It is currently in beta version, uses ‘webkit’, the same engine that runs Apple’s Safari browser, and is available for Windows XP/Vista only. Google says it is working on a Mac and Linux version as well.
To explain the features and motivations for the browser, Google sent a comic to developers around the world and also made the comic available in Google books. Going through the comic one can easily understand the vision behind Chrome and the features it brings in. I highly reccomend reading it and learn how Google envisions its browser to be a whole new operating platform.
On installation, Chrome automatically imports your default browser’s bookmarks, saved passwords and settings. The navigation bar in chrome is a search box as well and suggestions drop down as you type the keywords. It searches the browser history as well as the page content. It also has phishing filter and malware protection built in through an extensive list of bad web-sites.
Overall I found Chrome very fast, stable (in normal browsing) and user friendly. But it’s still not something to be a default browser as yet. Let’s hope we have great plugin support and library with it eventually, just like the Mozilla Firefox.
Download Google Chrome from here.
Update: ZDNet just posted an excellent article named ‘Google Chrome: The Five Best New Features’. A must read.