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4:55 pm on Sep 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google Chrome, Google's Browser Project
[techcrunch.com...]

Unlike other modern web browsers, which can only run one process at a time, Google Chrome will give each tab its own process. This speeds up overall performance and saves the entire browser from crashing when one tab causes problems.

The multi-process design requires more memory allocation up front but less memory over time as users tend to multitask. It also prevents your computer from slowing down after you browse for an extended period of time and open/close lots of tabs.

[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 2:31 pm (utc) on Sep. 3, 2008]
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the only people who will know about this will be the kind of tech nerds (snip)

... but add to that everyone who might get pestered and/or sold on it by all the Google services they use. Google has an advantage over FF because they manage to put lots of words in front of eyeballs every day. Can you imagine if they put a serious-looking "update your browser" message in the top spot of every Adsense block?

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download is up:

[google.com...]

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What's funny is that since most web statistics programs don't know about "chrome" yet, they will interpret the useragent as Safari, so webmasters are going to wonder why there was suddenly such a spike in Safari use, lol.
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Direct download: [dl.google.com...]

Testing now.
Fast but rendering is very choppy for a page I am testing it on compare to IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

[edited by: amznVibe at 7:12 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]

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Good overall, font for the address bar seems HUGE.

It either doesn't handle Java or isn't set to handle Java though.

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Useragent string:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13

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Download now available:

[google.com...]

[added: bit slow there ;)]

[edited by: mattur at 7:06 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]

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So far, so good. I don't see it being any better than FF. Nothing groundbreaking.

After further testing it does run quicker than other browsers. I also like the sleek look.

[edited by: Color7 at 7:18 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]

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lightning fast so far
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Oh wow, they released it without an extension API.
Well that parks it for me, until that's ready.

It also keeps trying to phone-home to sbl.google.com

[edited by: amznVibe at 7:09 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]

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ran it on some myspace pages to give a good test, really fast, but i did see some css problems that opera,ie,ff don't have
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>>css/rendering problems..
it was explained at the start that if it worked in Safari it should in Chrome

it uses the same render engine - Webkit

[edited by: SuzyUK at 7:23 pm (utc) on Sep. 2, 2008]

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Been hearing that some corporate firewalls are blocking GChrome. Interesting.
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Uncluttered but ugly, displayed my sites well (standards compliant), supported most multimedia (Flash, QuickTime, ShockWave, Windows Media, Real Player, SVG) but not a fresh download of Java.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13

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Right click and Inspect Element brings up ChromeFirebug.
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won't install. Setup keeps disappearing. Reported
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I'm not at all keen on the way that downloads are shown at the bottom of the screen.

Searching from the address bar is a feature that will probably catch on, though.

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Installed and using it now. I must say at first I was not impressed with the idea. After using it, I think it may have merit. It is extremely simple, which I think is a big plus, and it's about the fastest browser I have used to date. I use Firefox for work primarily because of the extensions, but I may use this for personal use instead of Opera.
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Anyone noticed the feature "report bug or broken website?"

I'm taking this in 2 ways: QA chrome, report broken sites to google which could potentially impact rankings and even quality score for AdWords.

Has anyone else thought about this or read anything more on this feature?

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"The web browser or operating system may not be compatible with Silverlight"

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I'm typing this post in a chrome browser. Not bad so far. Am running with it already!
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"The web browser or operating system may not be compatible with Silverlight"

Good, Silverlight is awful. I don't like being forced to download things that I shouldn't have to.

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interesting to see that if you type in a keyword into the address bar that this GChrome browser does NOT do a concatenation of the terms and plop on a .com to the end of it...GChrome just 'Googles it'...I think we all saw this coming ;)
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So far so good. In fact, *very* good. Some of my most intense Javascript work has been known to crash browsers with less-than-perfect memory management. In Chrome, they're running smoothly and faster than I've ever seen. I'm typing this reply in Chrome right now. Hi, Mom!
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thanks mattur, knew something had to be there :)
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looks clean and pretty.
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IMO this is good news and I hope they hurry because Firefox 3 is a disaster

Agreed. FF3 is crash happy. Its been rubbish since I installed it.

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What I like:
- It has a very short top part, which makes it a perfect browser for my Acer One with only 600px of height resolution.
- The first time you click in the address bar, the whole thing is selected ala IE. It's my biggest pet peeve of Safari and FF.
- My sites look great and LOAD FAST. GZip works, that's for sure.

What I don't like
- It phoning home with every single click I make. Will I use it for anything other than my little laptop because of this? Doubtful.

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Have you tried using Hotmail with this thing? the improvement in responsiveness is incredible. But it doesn't let me drag messages into other folders like I can do with IE7. I guess it's a "webkit" thing.
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don't be too quick to trash FF3, I've had my problems with it too but to me, so far anyway, this is a "friendly collaboration" where each knows their strengths and weaknesses... I'm dipping a toe is all (Opera never floated my boat!)
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