Google Chrome now Stable, Faster, Extensible

Chrome has been around for along time now fetching a good amount of browser  market. With introduction of Extensions, themes, the adoption had accelerated over the last few months, during which it surpassed Safari.

Today, Google introduced a new stable release of  Chrome for Windows, which includes Extensions and inbuilt Bookmark sync. Till now they were part of beta/test releases only.

As per today, there are over 1,500 in the official extensions gallery .

Though Xmarks is the most popular Bookmark sync extension around, google recommends use of inbuilt bookmark sync that uses your Google account. You can enable bookmark sync to synchronize your bookmarks on all of your computers so that when you create a bookmark on one computer, it’s automatically added across all your computers.

Here are other Key Improvements:

  • Chrome now introduces the Web SQL Database API, which allows user to store data in a structured manner on the user’s computer. In particular, Google is working on Application Cache which gives you the ability to serve HTML and JavaScript that references content in the Web SQL Database. SessionStorage, the little brother of localStorage, is coming soon as well.
  • Support for WebSockets: This is a new API for sending data over a persistent bi-directional communication channel, designed to be easier, more powerful, and less resource intensive than using XHR.
  • (Windows only) the new notification API that allows you to present information to users, such as event reminders or status updates, via a panel in the user’s status-bar area.
  • Integrated a number of new HTML5 APIs in this stable release, including LocalStorage, Database API, WebSockets, and more.
  • Improved performance  by 42% over our last stable release and 400% since our first stable release last year.

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  • I always used this browser since it started, chrome has been one of the fastest browsers ever! I love every feature of it, still needs to have more addons to implement on it.

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  • muchos

    Does it support java now? If I cant do stuff like netbanking then its not much use.

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  • Mike Heath

    I can't help but wonder if the WebSocket support in Chrome is to compensate for Chrome's broken XmlHttpRequest http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail

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