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Google released Chrome version 5 developer builds for Windows and Mac on Friday.

"The devchannel has been updated to 5.0.307.1 for Windows and Mac," said the firm.

On the Windows side of the fence, the default downloads directory on Vista and Windows 7 can now be used.

Google has added a content settings window to the latest rough-round-the-edges iteration of its browser. The tool gives surfers more control over changing and policing their plug-ins, cookies, pop-ups, images and JavaScript.

The search engine giant’s latest developer build, intended to be tested by hardcore coders, also comes with several bug fixes.

Mac fans get improved stability and promises of fewer crashes when dragging tabs. The cookies manager now has a search field, task manager resizing behaviour is less erratic and copying of big images has been beefed up.

Google has the full rundown here, but note this is a very unstable version intended only for brave browser souls. ®

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