Thursday, July 23, 2009

Beta Channel Update

Google Chrome has been released to the Beta channel. Some principal changes release since

  • Updated V8 to to improve stability and performance.
  • Printing fixes and print selection for Windows.
  • Initial support for the video tag.
  • Updated look and feel of the url bar (aka the Omnibox).
  • Improved our Developer Tools by adding the scripts and profiles tabs, plus support for docking the inspector into the main window.
In addition to some minor UI changes:
  • Minor Tweaks renamed as "Personal Stuff" in the Options menu
  • Browsing data options added to the Options menu, under Personal Stuff.
  • Default download location and font/language settings moved from Minor Tweaks to the Under the hood tab
  • Exceptions is a tab in the "Passwords and Exceptions" dialog, rather than a separate button in the Passwords section of the Options menu.
  • Removed the "show mixed content" option.
You can install the current Beta channel release from

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This build is stable and the features is awesome and I personally like this type of speed dial compare to the latest development build which is slower down the whole system. For instance, Google Chrome build seems to having a major problem and some of the extra feature is not relevant. In a nutshell, Google Chrome really did a good job towards this build.

4:46 PM, July 23, 2009  
Blogger Jzero15 said...

I love how the URL bar looks now, it barely noticeable but i love it, also chrome runs way smoother than normal with this update. Keep it up :)

7:31 PM, July 23, 2009  
Blogger Dallin said...

Are extensions available in this version? As far as I can see, extensions were available in the dev version at 3.0.193 (although I have never been on the dev channel), but I can't get it to work in this beta version.

7:32 PM, July 23, 2009  
Blogger joe said...

@Dallin : extensions are only available in the dev version

8:04 PM, July 23, 2009  
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10:44 PM, July 23, 2009  
Blogger sf said...

Hi guys,

i would like to see in Chrome 3 a tab thumbnail preview as available in opera (or other).
Rearranging speed dial thumbnails and configuring the number of thumbnails (up to 16 or 25) would be great.

Thanks for your excellent work!

4:15 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Rusco said...

Are there technical or political issues to - not - release a version for Win2000 ?
The same applies to Gears.

At least Opera 10b and FF3.5 are available for Win2k.

4:31 AM, July 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice new look for the Omnibox. But a few ui changes needed still, like the new logo needed to be slapped on the new tab page.

5:25 AM, July 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pace of this life is increasing and so is the pace of Chrome's updates!! Your engineers seem to be on fire!! LOL!! Great stuff Google ... Keep up the good work! Peace!

6:40 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Gary said...

It looks like this build breaks the AdSweep script:

Anyone else having issues?

7:12 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Shitij Nigam said...

Sounds Intriguing. My download keeps getting stuck at around the middle for some reason. I tried clearing cookies, the cache, deleted the partially downloaded file, but nothing's working. Any suggestions? :S

Also, does it have support for toolbars yet for that matter?


7:56 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Xero said...

There are still not enough options in the option menu. Also not enough right click choices, I want to be able to bookmark a page by right clicking on it. We also still need Extensions, sooner rather than later. And the ability to customize the user interface as we see fit (small icons, stop button, print button, downloads button). I'd also rather than downloads opened in a small child window than in a tab. And the option hide tab view unless a second tab is opened.

8:02 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger James said...

I had to drop the new beta and go back to the stable version. The new version messes up with Java Pop-Ups.
I can't control pop-ups in any way now.


Please don't go and goof up the stable version now, or I will have to drop Chrome altogether.

8:22 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger James said...

There are too few options on Chrome, I would agree. But there is one especially dumb one . . the box that asks you if you want the Home Page Icon on the Menu. Duh!

99 percent of all users would want the Home page Icon. How about helping us out with Pop-Up Control and the poor way that Chrome let's you save a webpage!

8:24 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Diego said...

Its better than previous version, faster and lighter. Good job.

About the new omnibox, seems nice, but have to try it more.

It would be cool to have a good download manager (and on different window) pls.

For now, i just cant login on YouTube with Chrome xD but i can on IE8, Opera and FF... strange.


9:51 AM, July 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also noticed the pop-ups were mysteriously disabled... Otherwise, this beta version is excellent, and needs some new features, perhaps.

11:11 AM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Leopoldo said...

GoogleChrome used More Memory!!!,Not Google bad to down!!! and also opens two processes as Internet Explorer 8!!used more memory and used CPU.-
GoogleChrome,has than give less Resources.-

12:33 PM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Leopoldo said...

Internet Explorer 8 opens two processes,GoogleChrome opens two processes!!!¿what improvement,there is!!??¿what can,compete GoogleChrome???
Used memory,two processes as the other!!!

12:38 PM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Art said...

Has something changed recently with how the "Open link in new tab" context menu works? Now when you open a new tab this way Chrome immediately switches to the new tab even though it's just an empty page because it's still loading. I much prefer the old method where new tabs opened without becoming the active tab. That way I can open several tabs without disrupting my work and the tabs load in the "background" while I continue working on the same page.

6:50 PM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger Marcus said...

This release broke my all my bookmarks. They have gone boom... away

8:19 PM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger divilex said...

Art - That is an experiment. It will be reverted to opening in background soon.

8:20 PM, July 24, 2009  
Blogger MK said...

For those requesting more toolbar customization, vote for Issue 1656.

9:04 PM, July 24, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open tabs with the middle click, it'll open 'em in the back ground. Got used to it in 24 hours. A nice feature, I guess..less clicks.

7:27 AM, July 25, 2009  
Blogger tommyla said...

build broke facebook :O
cant play facebook videos, the facebook bar dont work :O

8:08 PM, July 25, 2009  
Blogger Aaron J Spetner said...

How about the "open file" option when downloading files. All other browsers have this option which downloads the file to the "temp" directory. Many times I download files just to look at once and it is a major pain to sift through my downloads folder and clear them out periodically.

Also, how about automatic purge of old history items?

The lack of these two features has kept many people I know from making the switch.

4:32 AM, July 27, 2009  
Blogger S w a d h i n said...

The OminBox is cool. I liked it.

4:57 AM, July 27, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add-Linkification google chrome ? Thx

6:18 AM, July 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Problem Google chrome setup and download(GoogleCrashHandler.exe) virus reader_s.exe (trojan downloader) !! be >:|

6:23 AM, July 28, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Webkit build.

5:43 PM, July 28, 2009  
Blogger GraniteHead said...

I dislike the new Omnibox. The appearance isn't as easy to read as the old one, but that's minor. I am bothered most by the suggestions given when I type, especially from history. I get suggestions from history that are useless (news articles I read months ago). I moved from firefox because their suggestions had just this problem. It either needs to not suggest things that are old or not suggest thing that I haven't specifically typed into the address bar before (my preference)

6:41 PM, July 30, 2009  
Blogger Thomas Leavitt said...

I love Chrome's snappy performance. ... but it seems like a huge memory hog - something totally counter-intuitive... I can have 30 or more tabs open at a time, and the result is a horde of processes, several of which each consume 100k of active memory space... and my laptop is "limited" to a maximum of 2GB of memory (shared with the video, bleah). My top 6 chrome processes are consuming 700kb of memory alone! What is up with that? Running

11:55 AM, July 31, 2009  
Blogger NoVaFLuXx said...

I believe part of the trade off of having multiple processes, is a much larger memory footprint. As it stands memory is fairly cheap today compared to just 10 years ago, so its a resource that we can consume in favor of stability and security.

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Blogger pete said...

What is happening in Chrome to address the null character certificates flaws detailed by Moxie Marlinspike and Dan Kaminsky at BlackHat 2009? This is a serious and critical flaw in SSL certificate validation. Mozilla 3.x is already patched - no indication of patch in progress or results from Chrome, yet... please advise?

9:32 AM, August 06, 2009  
Blogger Ben said...

Why was the "show mixed content" option removed?? It is listed under "some minor UI changes" so maybe the ability to adjust this setting is available somewhere else but if it's not I would consider this more than a UI change, it's functionality.


5:44 AM, August 08, 2009  
Blogger Ben said...

Why was the "show mixed content" option removed?? It is listed under the "some minor UI changes" section so maybe the option can be set somewhere else?? If not, that is more than a UI change, it's functionality removal.


5:46 AM, August 08, 2009  
Blogger Ben said...

Am I being silenced?? I sent this comment in a while ago but it still hasn't shown.

Under "some minor UI changes" is listed "Removed the "show mixed content" option." Since this option is removed in the UI where can I change this option in a config file? If the only place to change this option is in the UI then I would consider this a functionality change.


9:38 AM, August 10, 2009  
Blogger Laurel said...

I would like to be able to rearrange the thumbnails...

11:24 AM, August 17, 2009  

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