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Google Chrome Roundup

Yesterday, in the US, was a holiday. While we were out sampling BBQ, Google announced they have built a new browser called Google Chrome. There is already a Wikipedia entry. I’ll reserve judgment until I have a chance to actually try it out. First thoughts are more from a developers standpoint: Another browser with its own quirks that we have to code against. However, Google Chrome is based on WebKit so if you are coding against that then it really isn’t another browser. Or so I hope.

Round up of some things I’ve read on the web that I thought I’d pass along.

Google announced Chrome with a Chrome with a comic book. Kinda off the wall but cool way to intro a product.

Mozilla CEO, John Lilly has a blog post about his thoughts on the subject. He says the relationship with Google will continue and his optimism remains high.

GoogleBlogoscoped has posted screen shots.

GigaOM points out that a lot of what is seen in Chrome looks like it has been developed with mobiles in mind:

Most of the features mentioned in the comic book and Google’s blog post indicate that features such as faster JavaScript VM, better memory management, better Windows UI rendering, faster text layout and rendering and intelligent page navigation are all features that make absolute sense in a mobile browser. I wouldn’t be surprised that that many of these features end up back in the Android browser.

Chris Messina has some really interesting thoughts. I’d go as far as saying his post is a must-read. He says:

I read announcement as the kid gloves coming off. I just can’t read this any other way than to think that Google’s finally fed up waiting around for Firefox to get their act together, fix their performance issues in serious ways, provide tangible and near-term vision and make good on their ultimate promise and value-proposition.


Turns out that it’s going to be Apple and Google who will usher in the future of browsers, and who will get to determine just what that future of browsers are going to look like.

We’ll see where this leads. As with most things Google it is sure to get a lot of ink over the next few days.

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  1. “We are so, so happy with Google Chrome,” mumbled Mozilla CEO John Lilly through gritted teeth. “That most of our income is from Google has no bearing on me making this statement.” –

    Comment by David Gerard — September 2, 2008 @ 1:26 pm

  2. I hope Chrome is faster than Firefox; Google tends to roll out really well-tested software, so it shouldn’t be half bad in any case

    Comment by movie buff — September 2, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  3. thanks good.

    Comment by sohbet — February 15, 2009 @ 8:30 am

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