Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Dev Update: Bug fixes, UI tweaks, and a V8 Update

Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to The highlights for this week include a good number crash fixes and UI presentation and behavioral clean-up:
  • Fixes a number of tab dragging related crashes.
  • Fixes issue where Chrome could not be set as the default browser.
  • Add support for UA spoofing, and spoof Safari's UA string when loading URLs
  • Improving UI presentation in Vista and XP
  • We now generate a proper file name when dragging an image off the browser on to the desktop
  • V8 has been updated to version, read more in the V8 changelog.
  • Find about the Dev channel and how to subscribe at

The complete list of changes is available in the release notes.

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager



Blogger Sudo apt-get said...

Awesome, I noticed the window doesn't go off of the screen now! Thanks!

Just a quick note, did you mean "Google Chrome's Dev channel has been updated to" as that is the version number I have just updated to, I looked for an update again but no

10:07 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

Excellent, the tabs are on the right place when maximized, things no more disappear, and Windows Live Hotmail now works.

Congratulations, you nailed it!

10:08 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

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10:16 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

I also have a suggestion for the form autocomplete feature:

Of course, when selecting an option using the keyboard, the delete key would also remove the item from the list just like the [x] icon.

I guess you also made the list sort alphabetically now (I didn't check too much), right?

10:18 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger gabriel said...

i love google i use every piece of software google makes

10:36 AM, February 04, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Linux version will be available for testing?

10:47 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Law said...

Thank you for the update. I had reverted to FF in anticipation of this bug fix update, and I think I was going through withdrawal during this time. :)

I would like to make some comments/suggestions regarding Chrome's current download manager and it's method of downloading. I don't know how many agree with me on these matters, but I sincerely hope that a download manager similar to Firefox's would be developed for Chrome. I also truly hope that, as part of a revamped download manager akin to FF, Chrome would have the ability to open many files "on the fly" (I don't quite know how to explain this properly). I understand that many browsers download certain files to a temp file and automatically open them, such as pdf files, videos, and so forth. I very much prefer this method to simply downloading every file-type and manually opening it through the "buttons" that appear on the bottom of the Chrome browser.

10:48 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

@Law: personally I think Google handles downloads much better than Firefox, perhaps Opera does the best job than all browsers.

I guess they should fine-tune the download screen, adding the same option to clear by day that the history screen has, and the ability to pause/resume downloads.

Also, there is something very important missing about this: when you close Chrome during a download, a warning should appear, since the download is stopped.

10:52 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger andre said...

Who else is experiencing that google maps (zoom out/in) is waaaaaaaaay slower than the previous versions of chrome? I don't like to see things getting slower.

11:03 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Operator said...

Making Chrome my default browser still doesn't work for me. I am running Windows Vista x64 and installed Chrome for the first time again since I switched to x64.

11:09 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...


First off, sorry but I messed up on my blogger name...I corrected it from Law to Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. :)

I have never used Opera. In what way does Opera does the best job of handling downloads? Perhaps, Chrome would benefit from Opera's download handling?

11:11 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Wesley said...

@andre: Google Maps zoom is normal here, although no animation for it.

@Chris: Opera has a list with all dowloads very similar to a download manager like Free Download Manager, it asks what you want to do (open/save) and opens a Transfers tab, similar to Chrome.

And you know that if you click the download on the bar while it's downloading, you set Chrome to open it when it completes, right? I like that approach better than a dialog asking me what to do.

11:15 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Chris L. Carnakis, Esq. said...

Wesley, I didn't know this about Chrome's method of downloading. Thank you!

I welcome everyone's input/opinions on my issues re Chrome's download manager and method of downloading!

My apologies for pressing on this matter. This is the first time I've actually been "excited" about a browser (well, aside from Firefox a few years ago). I believe that one of the most important aspects of computing has become the browsing experience, and I want stick with one browser for all of my needs! I absolutely love the speed, stability, and simplicity of Chrome. And, I truly believe that Google is dedicated to bringing us a truly remarkable browsing experience, especially since they are constantly working on making Chrome better. I actually cannot wait until the next dev channel update just to see what fixes/features are in store for us. Nonetheless, one of my few issues with Chrome has been its handling of downloads. So, keep the comments coming!

11:32 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger JuL said...

@Wesley : I don't like the crosses on the side, I think it makes it too stuffed. The keyboard del option would be enough, and indeed I've been disappointed to see it doesn't work, as with FF.

@Law : I personally like the dl manager itself, but I agree that an on "on the fly" file opening option is necessary. There are many downloads that I don't want to keep, I hate to regularly have clean up mandatory chrome downloads.

So what I'd like is for Chrome to prompt me for save/open, and when I choose Open it doesn't stay anywhere on the drive after I'm finished with it (of course I assume it has to be stored to some temp folder somewhere, but it has to clean itself when it's done).

@Andre : no Google maps slowdown observed (W7 x64)

11:59 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Seyed said...

- Where is the download link for

12:02 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Jensaarai said...

This update seems to have broken my Chrome. Every time it tries to load a page I get a "wow_helper.exe" has stopped working error and the page doesn't load :/

12:13 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger madnutter56 said...

Yup, fixed all of my problems.


12:16 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Jerry said...

Fixed most everything, but auto completion still is inconsistant on some pages.

1:19 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Lajos said...

One of my problems remain, the accounting page at my bank's website is fubar. I'm thinking it WebKit related cause its fine with the stable version.

Background is gone, buttons are not at their correct places, so it's a mess. Hope it won't stay like this.

1:22 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Vellknown said...

I noticed that with the new release the memory taken by chrome is less than FF. Earlier version 159.0 was taking much more memory than FF. Good job.

1:34 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger TheBashar99 said...

@Anthony - Is there more than one Chrome Program Manager? If not, what happened to Mark Larson?

3:53 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger joesixgig said...

So far so good. MSN image search still doesn't work as well as in IE7 though. Any chance that the UA spoof could be extended to include all pages on the domain?

4:56 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger The MAZZTer said...

Divs disappearing is fixed, tabs are fixed, and Aero Glass border is... almost fixed (still a pixel or so of undrawn border left... the patch probably accounts for user-set border padding now but not for title bar size...). Much better than the previous few releases, thanks! :D

6:33 PM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger AmorWorx said...

The update broke my Web 2.0 application and it won't load anymore (probably has something to do with the V8 update) Bummer ... I reverted back to stable for now. Hopefully this will be fixed soon ...


12:47 AM, February 05, 2009  
Blogger Kr said...

Chrome keeps on crashing. Can't even start it because it says: "Chrome crashed. Restart now?" Back on stable version.

7:11 AM, February 05, 2009  
Blogger TheBashar99 said...

This release ( broke the download manager window for me.

2:13 PM, February 05, 2009  
Blogger The MAZZTer said...

AmorWorx: if it's an app you made, it may be your app relied on a bug in V8... best to figure out where it's failing and check any documentation for the function... if it seems the behavior of the function is wrong you can file a bug report.

9:36 PM, February 05, 2009  
Blogger Aleš said...

Super! I can edit Web 2.0 application. All pages are correctly displayed. But I still cannot send message through IceWarp Merak Webmail.

12:44 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger Stanley_Krute said...

So so so CLOSE to Acid3 compliance. Score of 100, but the Failed Linktest is still there.

I want you folks to win that race.

Can't believe that IE 8 still sucks on it. Microsoft: this is the dead canary in your mineshaft. Pay attention !!! We want to write sites for a COMPLIANT STANDARD web.

Go googlers.

-- stan

5:18 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger andre said...

Well, to get more specific about my google maps slowdown:
It only slows down dramatically when I use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom out/in and do multiple zoom levels at once. I remember when I first switched from FF to Chrome (at the very first release of Chrome) google maps would be so much faster than FF. Now it is way slower than FF again...
Let's hope that comes back at some point for me. :)

7:10 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger Vellknown said...

Okie, I am back to FF as I am finding it much much faster. The browsing is also smooth as compared to Chrome. I hope google guys are working on making it best. I like the google products and they have always brought ease in using the technology. I hope Chrome will live upto it...

Will come back regularly to check the updates.

7:13 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger Li, Quanjia said...

please increase the overall speed performance and decrease the memory usage.

make temp file location changeable like IE

support other download manager like flashget

7:49 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger Vellknown said...

Quanjia Li, you are dot on point...this would help us stick to Chrome...I hope someone from Google is looking at these feedbacks

7:52 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger AmorWorx said...

@MAZZTer: My app relies on a whole framework (several 1000's of lines) I really don't see how I can debug this without a javascript debugger (The Aw, snap! pop's up ...)

Thx ..

8:17 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger Burak PADIR said...

still has line bug on facebook

9:55 AM, February 06, 2009  
Blogger Mac Duy Hai said...

Facebook still isn't working, but otherwise a great update! Maximizes properly on second monitor while using Ultramon as well!

7:59 AM, February 07, 2009  
Blogger beaver said...

Like @Mac Duy Hai said, some pages (like facebook) still aren't rendered properly (division backgrounds at the borders).

In my experience, at this moment, this is one of the biggest problems in releases of dev channel.

10:51 AM, February 07, 2009  
Blogger Andrew said...

Please don't add to many features - they'll slow things down too much!

By all means develop those features, but make them optional addons, so we can each customise our browsing, without having to load features we don't want or need, which will become time-wasting ballast

3:48 PM, February 07, 2009  
Blogger sbp said...

I agree with Andrew. It's best to have as fast as possible core browser with possibility of extensions.

11:01 PM, February 07, 2009  
Blogger Vellknown said...

Yes similar to FF we should have extensions for chrome so that it could be customized basing on once needs.

2:54 AM, February 09, 2009  
Blogger Espectro said...

Good stuff, AdWords and Google Docs look perfect again. Now we need an independent proxy config. The farther Chrome gets from IE, the better.

8:34 AM, February 09, 2009  
Blogger ReanimationXP said...

PLEASE allow for plugins soon so the community can start developing. The download manager needs work, I agree with the posters above. I want progress bars instead of this silly pie graph thing you guys have going on. Why not use the whole button area as a progress bar while it's downloading? And display an actual bar on the download page. And as stated before, WARN or RUN IN THE BACKGROUND if you close the last google window but a download is active. Why is this not fixed yet?! Files should also be allowed to Restart and Resume after being cancelled. If someone cancels a download manually, give them the option to delete the file entirely. Else, leave the fragment and allow us to resume!

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who has common sense anymore :)

5:44 AM, February 10, 2009  
Blogger Henrik said...

Updating made picasaweb stop working as it should. When viewing a single picture, the picture will not display. Using stable again...

12:47 PM, February 10, 2009  
Blogger Li, Quanjia said...

why not add the cool feature of mouse language like in Maxthon Brower.

5:44 PM, February 10, 2009  
Blogger Tom said...

You mention UI improvements on this release. Can someone using this version (I'm on stable) tell me what this means? Will those of us on XP finally get something different from the blue window border?

2:56 PM, February 11, 2009  
Blogger ReanimationXP said...

@Tom - from what I can tell, it's nothing significant. They actually made the UI a little worse functionally.

The bookmark tookbar buttons are slightly bigger and seem to have more of a fade in and out effect when you hover over them. The same changes have been applied to the X, Max, and Min buttons. However, when your mouse is stationary on any of these buttons and you click down, the 'down' state doesn't always appear, and if it does, it comes about a second later. Sometimes they work fine, most of the time they don't.. not sure what else has been upgraded here. Tabs seem functionally the same as well.

Not sure why this was a 2.0 release.. as not much has changed.

5:55 PM, February 11, 2009  
Blogger Tom said...

@ ReanimationXP - Thanks for the info!

7:35 PM, February 11, 2009  
Blogger Qamar said...

While browsing through various literatures about the 'chrome', I noticed that this program serves many of the Indian languages, namely,Malyalam, Tamil, Telgu etc.
Urdu and Hindi are very important languages of India. Besides Urdu is essential language of Pakistan.
It may be, you already have the program available in the said languages and I don't have knowledge about it.
I do hope this note will be helpful for the cause that has been raised in it.
Qamar Khan (

3:07 PM, February 24, 2009  
Blogger Red said...

A newly opened window's (active window) taskbar button still does not get the focus (depressed). It's annoying that you have to click another window's button and then click back to switch windows.

8:31 PM, February 24, 2009  
Blogger ReanimationXP said...

a good observation, i hadn't noticed that!

11:26 PM, February 24, 2009  
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