Google has announced the final stable release of its Google Chrome browser version 12.0.742.91. The browser is available for all three major operating systems, namely Windows, Linux and Mac. The announcement came yesterday and the latest version includes hardware accelerated 3D CSS and a new Safe Browsing feature.
The final stable version has removed Google Gears support and there are many visible as well as behind-the-scene changes. The dev team has taken care to release binary packages for supported linux distros like Ubuntu and Fedora. All in all, Google Chrome is on a strong roadmap and it is taking on the web-browser world with speed and features.
The list of changes as it appears on the official announcement post on the Google Chrome blog says,
- Hardware accelerated 3D CSS
- New Safe Browsing protection against downloading malicious files
- Ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Chrome
- Launch Apps by name from the Omnibox
- Integrated Sync into new settings pages
- Improved screen reader support
- New warning when hitting Command-Q on Mac
- Removal of Google Gears
Apart from these changes, there are numerous security fixes that went into the latest stable release. Some of these fixes had bounty points on them. The Chrome Release blog also wrote,
In addition, we would like to thank David Levin of the Chromium development community, miaubiz, Christian Holler and Martin Barbella for working with us in the development cycle and preventing bugs from ever reaching the stable channel. Various rewards were issued.
We’d also like to call particular attention to Sergey Glazunov’s $3133.7 reward. Although the linked bug is not of critical severity, it was accompanied by a beautiful chain of lesser severity bugs which demonstrated critical impact. It deserves a more detailed write-up at a later date.
As always, the download is available at the Google Chrome download page.