Google Chrome: A Browser?

Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped has posted a comic book which he says comes straight from Google which seems to indicate that the search engine giant will indeed release a browser soon. Reportedly called Google Chrome, the browser will be based on the open source Webkit rendering engine. So what would Google Chrome have that you can’t find in other web browsers?

  • Includes a brand new JavaScript virtual machine called V8
  • Tabs wil go above the window, not below the address bar
  • Location bar will support auto-complete functions and suggests web pages you’ve previously visited as well as suggested sites you haven’t
  • Upon launch, you’ll see an Opera-like speed dial with bookmarks and thumbnails for up to web sites
  • There will be a privacy mode that allows you to surf without saving any personal history (Microsoft is building a similar feature into Internet Explorer 8)
  • The browser will constantly download up to date information about web sites with malicious code

Chrome will also utilize Google Gears to allow you to save many web sites and applications for offline use. And web applications will be isolated from other browser tabs, so if Google Docs or another app crashes, your browser won’t automatically close.

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One Response to “Google Chrome: A Browser?”

  1. kingdom media Says:

    i’ve been using Chrome for about a day now and it seems to be a lot faster than FireFox or IE… though i do miss the “previously closed tabs” feature in Firefox

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