Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dev Channel Update: More progress on Mac and Linux

Google Chrome 3.0.192.x has been released to the Dev channel for Windows, Linux and Mac.

Highlights in this release:
  • (Mac) Enabled support for the Mac OS X spellchecking service.
  • (Mac) First cut at popup blocking for Mac.
  • (Linux) Accelerator keys like ctl-C for copy should work again.
  • (Linux) Initial support of complex text (e.g. Arabic). Bug reports welcome.
  • (Linux) Initial GTK theme support.
  • (Linux) IME support.
  • (Extensions) Breaking API Change: page_actions.icon renamed to
  • page_action.icons and changed from a single string to an array of
  • strings.
  • (All) Added support for exporting/ importing bookmarklet bookmarks, thanks to Thiago.
  • (All) Fixed Acid3 Test 48: LINKTEST

Known issues:
  • Issue 15199: New windows open off screen, in certain conditions, for dual montior users.
  • Issue 16052: Tab closes if a new url is navigated to quickly during a page load.

More details are available in the release notes and the log of all revisions.

You can find out about getting on the Dev channel here:

If you find new issues, please let us know by filing a bug at

Anthony Laforge
Google Chrome Program Manager



Blogger nakro said...

maybe it's just me, but i cannot login to gmail!!! it says the fields are blank.... if this is a true bug a TOTAL recall is in order :)

2:52 PM, July 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gmail (Germany) works for me. New tab page is enabled by default.

2:56 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Robbie said...


The startpage is better now thou I think the popup of topbar is too fast, maybe shouldn't even apear at all until you'll hoover the top area of the shortcuts.

Keep up the nice job.

// R

2:56 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger REO said...

Very nice work guys! :) Ron

3:20 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger god said...

am i the only one here that doesnt like the new new tab?..

4:48 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Geordon said...

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4:50 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Rene said...

Folders on the bookmark bar should open (expand) without clicking on it, like Firefox/Safari. The way how is now, with clinking on it on open and close is just annoying. Please fix that. Other then that A++++

4:51 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Fabio_Rulez said...

Rene fill a bug, if there is not one yet!
God (?) I think we should wait 4 the final version before judge.. i like it anyway...

4:54 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger krtulmay said...

Well, at least bookmark bar folders on Firefox 3.5 and Safari 4 for Windows *do* require clicking to expand, so I don't know which Firefox and Safari that Rene is referring to that don't require clicking.

5:37 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger joegrind said...

Great Job!
2 Dev Updates in a week without significant favicons look normal again. I smell a Stable release around the corner.....time to start working on Chrome OS!!!
Any chance of auto-refresh making it in 4.00XX dev build?

5:39 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger joegrind said... folders in bookmark bar open automatically after I hover over it for a second

5:41 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger krtulmay said...

@joegrind, really? for Chrome? Actually, do you mean the folders inside the "Other bookmarks" dropdown?

I think Rene is talk about the horizontal blue "Bookmarks bar" that is displayed underneath the Omnibox.
I have to click on my "Bookmarks bar" folders before they open. Hovering over them does nothing.

6:04 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger joegrind said...

@krtulmay: Yes, the bar beneath the omnibox..Maybe I may not be talking about the same thing. I have all my most used favicons visible and then the others further to the right. Once I click on the expand arrows in the right corner of the bookmark bar, my other favicons and folders become visible. Once I hover over a folder, all the bookmarks expand.

6:18 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger joegrind said...

@krtulmay...oh I don't have any folders in the "other bookmarks" folder...just bookmarklets

6:20 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Mark said...

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6:40 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Mark said...

Edit: There's a problem with Google Reader now. When I middle click on a link inside Reader, it opens a tab and then quickly closes it. It's pretty annoying.

6:42 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Kedar said...

I wish the new New Tab page had the alternate search boxes back. I used those a lot. :( Also I liked 9 thumbnails, I used to go to the 9th one a lot. And finally, recent bookmarks was helpful to return to pages that were involved in recent projects. Finally, being able to reset the thumbnails after deleting one was really useful. The new New Tab page is really a big step back for me. :(

6:46 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Rene said...

The blue Bookmark bar on the top below the address bar can hold links and folder also. With Firefox and Safari once you click on the folder it's expand and show the links inside that folder. if you move cursor to the next folder it's automatically expand without clicking on it again.With Chrome I need to click to close folder and click one more time to expand another folder. It's a lot of clicking with no reason. I mention that couple times before but it's look like nobody think about that like a problem. Personally I have categories on the bookmark bar and that way I can find and browse really quick true my bookmarks.

7:00 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger matthew tsang said...

Yeah, i have the same problem in google reader
the page opens and close immediately. :(

8:17 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Anonymous said...

can confirm the google reader bug, quite annoying. Gonna file a bug report.

9:08 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger raj said...

Great work guys, I like new history thumbnail arrangement and possibility to change to list-view, and pin. I have been using Maxthon for years, but now switched full time to google chrome. One feature that I am badly missing from Maxthon is the auto online storage of favorites, which is very handy if you using different comps e.g at home and work. Using delicious/google toolbar, of course, are alternatives, but they complete mess up working space so I dont like them at all. This will also increase usage statistics of Chrome and so higher market share. This feature is also missing in Firefox (though I personally hate firefox). Thanks and hoping to see more features and stable releases in future.

9:32 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Waheed said...

I like the new tab page. Its very good.

9:37 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Noel said...

Google reader having problem on open page by clicking on the link.. But not all subscription it occur. Most common is Google Chrome releases subscriptions.

10:51 PM, July 08, 2009  
Blogger Lumo said...

Gmail works for me.
The new new tab is visually a big change. In my opinion,

1) the 3x3 layout of the thumbnails was prettier, and it should be an option

2) the pin/unpin and erase buttons in the new new tab are better than in the previous version

3) there's too little space above the "Google Chrome" label in the left upper corner

4) the history and downloads as the continuation of the "recent examples" is very logical

5) I've never used the search custom engines from the new tab page, but they were still pretty, and I am not sure why they're gone

6) the text-only list of the thumbnails may be useful

There are still many things that are lacking such as the export of custom search engines (it could be a special part of the normal bookmarks - they could be merged!) and other things.

12:23 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Locke said...

I have to agree with god on this one.

1:10 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger AmorWorx said...

Cool! Finally some movement on client certificate authentication. The only thing is that it seems that the client certificate is not cached between requests, because Chrome asks me, *after* authentication, repeatingly for my certificate ...

Great work though!



1:20 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Murat said...

I was using the search custom engines on the new tab a lot.. don't understand why they are gone.. would appreciate if they would come back..


1:32 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger dy said...

OPTION/SELECt elements working fine?

1:47 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Pras said...

new tab page really rockss... and Chrome Will dominate surly....Chrome Rocksss

1:55 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Stefan said...

i have to copy what Mark said, Google Reader isn't usable at all. when opening a new item (hitting the "v" hot key, a new opens and then closes really quickly.

bit sad as Google Reader is the number two web app i use, GMail being number one.

2:46 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Scalawag said...

Acid3 Test 100% successful!!!
Well done!!

2:53 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger OMG-Q said...

Maybe I just have some bad karma..)

My crushed, my was crushind into an "error page" until I replaced chrome.exe with the one of

And everything works fine now, even the new Tab Page)))))

3:07 AM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done, Google Chrome 3.0.192.X finally solve the Acid3 test problem.

But in the process of testing there are still a cross at the top right corner. What is that means? Can Google Chrome try to tweak something to make it perfection whereby no cross at the top right corner.

Besides that, this build seems to becomes a little bit slower than the official release when try to access certain webpages in different language. The loading speed tempt to be slow and sometimes hang due to the incompatibility of the websites.

For instance, the search bar there is filled with dim background which is deteriorate the appearance. Other than that, the whole browser is decent with the new layout of speed dial and please upgrade the speed of opening a new tab as the refurbishment of the structure design make the process becomes slower.

Overall, Google Chrome did a diligent work in making the browser up to the standard that required by the public.

3:21 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger tsundere said...

Please let me see more than 8 top sites. How about adding a link to the new tab page saying "Next set of 8 top sites", clicking upon which I'd see positions 9 through 16 of the "most frequently/recently visited sites" list. Surely that information is already being stored somewhere; please enable us to see it.

3:35 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Longasc said...

Lots of fixes and positive new features! Especially nice that Favicons are no longer garbled.

But I would like to second Lumo and god:

1.) Please make the 3x3 thumbnail layout optional.
I find it far more useful than 2x4 and two tabs that I rarely use.

2.) Alternatively, allow users to customize if they want a 3x3, 3x4, 2x4 with this and that tab.

3:36 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger OMG-Q said...

Maybe I just have some bad karma..)

My crushed, my was crushind into an "error page" until I replaced chrome.exe with the one of

And everything works fine now, even the new Tab Page)))))

Nope, I was too quick posting this.. It doesn't work also)

Downloading stable version now and waiting for the new dev update.

3:40 AM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:31 AM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New tab page is still somewhat raw: let us add some colour to the background, white is too sterile and clinical!

Also, let us adjust the number of thumbnails we want displayed: some people still have small screens, some have considerably larger, so let them adjust the number of thumbnails to their screen size.

Add some pizazz, guys! Don't be so geeky! Attract a more varied customer base!

4:33 AM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and the Acid3 Test may be showing a 100/100 mark, yet it also shows a fuchsia box on the top right corner with an X in it, which is not right.

4:43 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Brendy said...

I love the new tab page. It looks fantastic but I would like to second Lumo's points. I also prefer the 3X3 layout of the thumbnails. I think that having the recent bookmarks and downloads stuff that is now on the bottom was more efficient on the right. Also PLEASE bring back the searches thing. I really liked it. Lastly, good work on all the updates! They are really being churned out at a rate of knots! Fantastic stuff guys. keep up the good work

5:11 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Stefan said...

check out Opera's latest desktop snap shot. they take your idea and add a HUGE amount of customer configuration. i have 16 thumbnails and a custom background.

it's like wayyy back in the day when i used to write my own home page in HTML.

6:25 AM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so I can now move my thumbnails around/etc. Hooray. Not. I find the new tab page visibly disgusting compared to the older one.

Not just the 3x3 layout which in my opinion is MUCH more visually appealing and useful. However what upsets me even more is the "extra" stuff is now at the bottom, rather than on the right-hand side. This means my browser now has a constant scroll-bar on the right(and I AM using a high resolution), not to mention it's just visibly terrible looking.

Please please at a minimum give us an option to go back to the older page, I miss it dearly and don't think I can stay with Chrome with this change(it is just too ugly).

7:43 AM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another bug, which has been around for several months: the Google logo next to the minimize-maximize-close buttons appears on top of the buttons (and restores to its proper position after maximizing and restoring).

11:37 AM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger god said...

gillespunk, you may want to add a "--old-new-tab-page" switch to your chrome shortcut. i did =/
actually, this is a first disappointment from chrome, no bugs/crushes/stuff-not-working were so frustrting. i hope there would be a lot of options to change the layout of the new tab page, AND THAT IT WOULD BE IN PREFERENCIES, not some third party extensions.

12:33 PM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Murat said...

Is this version a little bit slower...?? some pages are loading slower then before...

12:37 PM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Luizeba said...

The New Tab really sucks -_-
I want the "Bookmarked" pages back again the New Tab page...I used that a lot O.o

But the rest is OK...

3:51 PM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Emperor said...

I use the screen at 1280x1024 I would like to have more thumbnails, you can put up to 20 thumbnails with my screen definition.

4:24 PM, July 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Google Chrome can add one button that can fully self-adjustable the thumbnails that is even better to suit with the taste of each individual.

Besides that, I got one suggestion whereby Google Chrome can add another button in the option area whereby can automatically cleanup history. If this option can made, Google Chrome are the best option for public to use in a first place.

5:08 PM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger revial said...

The 'Always open files of this type' option no longer seems to work. I reverted to both stable and beta versions and it worked again. Tested in torrent files with utorrent being the application that should automatically open them.

6:25 PM, July 09, 2009  
Blogger Tomo said...

Confirmed problem with google reader. I can't open with scroll click but i can open with right click > open in new tab... Otherwise, great release :)

5:19 AM, July 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks "god" I will definitely use that... "--old-new-tab-page" for everyone hating the new tab page!

Hopefully it sticks around or they do something to fix this rather than us be forced to use this switch...

6:14 AM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger sbp said...

Anyone else having performance issues with ?

6:30 AM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger jrk said...

i just would like to say that when i opened chrome this morning, i was pleasantly surprised by the new tab layout. i really like how it looks, though i do agree more cusomisation options would be nice (similar to how iGoogle and Gmail can be customised)..

keep up the good work! with all the updates over the last month, chrome has become my default browser

8:07 AM, July 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm not sure if this is the same problem as google reader.

But I have opened and then at the same tab page, i type another address for example,, the tab closed immediately...

8:26 AM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger Fabio Turati said...

I'd also like to have more than 8 or 9 sites in the new tab page.

As far as the X in Acid3 is concerned, there's an explanation: read comment 85 at

9:47 AM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger OMG-Q said...

--enable-user-scripts crashes Chrome into an "error page"

2:38 PM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger said...

The Google Reader issue should be fixed with 193.0.

7:05 PM, July 10, 2009  
Blogger Devon said...

Ah! Thanks for the "--old-new-tab-page" thing... I was hating the new layout. I would love to see a combination of new and old. The old layout was easier and slightly more functional for me, but I love the new "lock" on what commonly used pages were shown.

9:30 PM, July 11, 2009  
Blogger Satoshi said...

Nice to see that Chrome is getting better each new build.

Could you guys please reintroduce some of the features of the old New Tab page over to the new one (they were already mentioned in this post before)?

Also, could you change Chrome's default behavior on page scrolling after refreshing the page? It's because after reloading a web page and considering that I scrolled to the half of the page (for example), Chrome will automatically direct the scrolling to the top. That should be fixed because it's a little annoying to need to scroll down on the page after reloading it.

Overall, 5 stars to Chrome.

6:51 AM, July 17, 2009  
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Blogger Terry Cameron said...

Great job, but you NEED to add the ability to choose how many favorite websites show up on the default home page.

I have a widescreen monitor with a large resolution. 8 site thumbnails don't even fill half the page so it's wasting space.

Please add an option change how many links there are. Maybe some column/row settings. :)

5:28 PM, August 14, 2009  

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