Feeds

Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance

Google browser rolls in more Google

High performance access to file storage

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. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Half of Twitter's 'active users' are SILENT STALKERS
Nearly 50% have NEVER tweeted a word
Internet-of-stuff startup dumps NoSQL for ... SQL?
NoSQL taste great at first but lacks proper nutrients, says startup cloud whiz
IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'
Plus: Condoleezza Rice at Dropbox 'maybe she can find ... weapons of mass destruction'
Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing
Upload, delete and carry on sharing afterwards?
New Facebook phone app allows you to stalk your mates
Nearby Friends feature goes live in a few weeks
Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not
Some go up, some go down, Redmond goes silent
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.