Google polishes another Chrome beta
Still no sign of Mac OS X version, though
Google has added support for HTML 5 video in its latest beta for the Windows-only Chrome browser it first released last autumn.
Mountain View has also loaded a slew of tweaks into Chrome 188.8.131.52, including a redesigned new tab page and an overhauled Omnibox for searching and inputting internet addresses.
Many of the features found in the latest beta were tested extensively by developers who had been handed a preview of this iteration of the browser.
Google has also added a few more themes to Chrome that allow users to customise their browser with colours, patterns and images.
The company also made a song and dance about the browser's credentials to load faster-than-a-speeding-bullet. Well, not quite...
"As always, we continue to focus on speed, and this beta release shows over 30 per cent improvement on both the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over our current stable channel release," claimed Google's software engineer Glen Murphy.
However, Google Chrome for the Mac OS X remains missing in action. Currently, it only supports Microsoft Windows XP and Vista.
An early developer test version of the browser created for Apple's platform can be downloaded here. ®
@A J Stiles
The problem is with system calls. Any program - open source or otherwise - that makes use of OS-specific system calls will not compile and run on any other OS.
For example, a program written for the iPhone will not compile for a WinMo phone since it will make heavy use of the iPhone API.
The difficulty in porting code written for one OS to another OS is directly related to the difference in the available system calls.
> Chrome is based on Apple's Webkit.
Apple's Webkit which is based on Konqueror's KHTML (GPLv2).
The toe bone connected to the heel bone,
The heel bone connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone........
google toolbar and chrome...
if google toolbar worked in chrome I would use chrome... but their own toolbar does not work in their own browser.