Feeds

Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance

Google browser rolls in more Google

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Google has released a ninth version of its Chrome browser, rolling in the WebGL standard for 3D hardware acceleration, the new Chrome Web Store, and Chrome Instant, a tool that loads web pages as soon as you start typing into the browser's address bar.

But Google doesn't really refer to Chrome 9 as Chrome 9. Now that it's releasing a new stable version of the browser every six to eight weeks, it prefers to think of Chrome as one single, ever-evolving thing. "Today, we’re excited to bring several new features from Chrome’s beta channel to the stable build," the company said in a blog post.

The new stable build – Chrome 9.0.597.84 – also patches nine bugs, one deemed "critical" and the other rated "high" priority, a lower rating than critical. The critical bug – a "race condition in audio handling" – lets attackers burrow out of the Chrome sandbox, according to reports. According to Google, the bug was discovered by Reddit users playing the game "Z-Type".

Developed by Mozilla and backed by the Khronos Group standards body, WebGL uses the existing OpenGL desktop-graphics interface to hardware-accelerate 3D inside the browser. Previously, Google was backing its own open source 3D API known as O3D, but last May it saw the light and made the switch to WebGL.

Chrome Web Store is Google's attempt to bring the Apple App Store model to web applications. It debuted in December when the company introduced its beta notebook running Chrome OS, the still-gestating Google operating system that puts all applications and data inside the browser. In the new version of Chrome, a link to the Web Store appears whenever you launch a new tab. The same thing happens under Chrome OS. But for the moment, the store is only available to users in the US.

Chrome Instant works much like Google Instant, the new incarnation of Google's search engine that displays results as you type. With Chrome Instant, sites you frequently visit appear as you begin to type their URLs. And if you start typing keywords rather than URLs – Google's address bar is also its search box – search results will appear as you type, provided that Google is set as your default search engine.

Chrome 9 runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. You can download it from Google's web site, but if you're running a previous version of Chrome, your browser will be updated automatically. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 is least popular Cupertino mobile OS in all of HUMAN HISTORY
'Nerd release' finally staggers past 50 per cent adoption
Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins
Redmond thinks the Object Real-Time Communications API for WebRTC is ready to roll
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
Mozilla: Spidermonkey ATE Apple's JavaScriptCore, THRASHED Google V8
Moz man claims the win on rivals' own benchmarks
Yes, Virginia, there IS a W3C HTML5 standard – as of now, that is
You asked for it! You begged for it! Then you gave up! And now it's HERE!
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings
Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE – behave, we're all friends here
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.