The latest version has been bumped to 12.0.701.0 whereas the current development build is at version 11.0.696.3. I haven’t seen any new changes to the user interface or settings in this build, but I do know that there are some really big changes in them.
I will continue looking at what changes have been pushed to this build and will update this post with more information about them. One thing I am happy though is that couple of bugs I had reported have been fixed in this build.
Last month Google released the beta version of Google Chrome 10 to the public. Chrome 10 used the new V8 engine which made it 2 times faster than the previous version. In addition to that, it also included a new settings page which is similar to what is found on a Cr-48 Netbook.
Today, Google has released Google Chrome 10 to the stable channel, making the update available to everyone. Google Chrome 10 also supports password sync, so you can sync your passwords and access it on any computer. In addition to that you can also set a secret passphrase for the sync to secure your synced data. Google Chrome 10 also comes integrated with the latest Flash player, so you will be using Flash 10.2.
If you are using the stable update, this new version should automatically be pushed to you shortly. You can also go to Settings -> About and check for updates. Alternatively, you can download Google Chrome 10 from http://www.google.com/chrome.
So go ahead and experience the latest and greatest browser from Google. It’s fast and you won’t be disappointed.
If you are someone who does not like to use development software but can use beta software, here is some good news. Google just announced that they are releasing Google Chrome 10 to the beta channel with the new Crankshaft technology.
As I had confirmed earlier, this new build is twice as fast as Google Chrome 9 and makes browsing a breeze. Chrome 10 beta also introduces GPU-accelerated video which makes uses of your graphics hardware to display videos and decreases CPU usage. Google claims that full screen video will decrease by almost 80% in Chrome 10 beta.
Google Chrome 10 also includes the ability to sync your passwords along with bookmarks, preferences, themes and extensions. Google also provides users with the ability to encrypt the passwords with your own sync passphrase ensuring security for your stored data.
The settings/preferences has also been moved to its own page just like it is in the Google Chrome OS that is used on the Cr-48 netbooks. Overall, the release of Google Chrome 10 beta brings a lot of goodies your way and brings it close to a stable release. If you are using Google Chrome beta, go to Settings -> About and Check for Updates to upgrade to the latest version.
Google Chrome 10 for dev now includes the updated V8 engine which has Crankshaft and is almost twice as fast than the Chrome 9. Chrome 10 also includes an updated WebKit engine and a Google Cloud Print sign-in interface which is available for Windows right now.
There are several other features which have been introduced into this build which I had previously reported for the Canary build. Right now the update server on Google is acting up so you should receive the Google Chrome 10 update in next few hours or so.
Google Chrome was just updated to version 10 in the Canary build, other than the speed gain there are a few other interesting experiences going on with the latest build of Chrome.
The most noteworthy change in the Canary Build version of Chrome (which is also in Chrome 9) is the support to use web apps without having to install extensions on chrome (CRX files). According to the description available in about:flags, CRX-less Web Apps basically:
Enables support for installing Chrome apps that are deployed using a manifest file on a web page, rather than by packaging the manifest and icons into a crx file.
This hints on how Chrome might allow websites to define their operations in a manifest file and then use it to allow access to the app through Chrome. Another interesting change is the addition of "Experimental location features" which basically makes use of operating system location APIs, most likely to be used in Chrome OS.
Enables experimental extensions to the geolocation feature. Includes using operating system location APIs (where available), and sending additional local network configuration data to the Google location service to provide higher accuracy positioning.
This feature is currently only available in Chrome 10 Canary Build. Chrome 10 also allows users to change the way Google Instant is used to load websites.
As you can see from the screenshot above, there are basically three options available right now including; Verbatim, Predictive and Predictive no auto-complete. This might be from changes Google has internally done for Instant in Google Search and is now being rolled out to the Chrome Omnibox.
The new features are definitely exciting and it would be interesting to see them come into the stable version of Chrome. Considering Chrome’s 3 month stable release policy we should see Chrome 10 coming out in the first quarter of next year.
I ran a test using Chrome’s V8 Benchmark suite and Chrome 10 almost has a 50% 70% increase in performance over Chrome 9 as you can see. This bodes well with the claim Google made about Crankshaft almost doubling Chrome’s current speed.
Google Chrome Canary Build is not for the for the faint-hearted, it is based upon code which is untested so you might want to stay away from it if you don’t like crashes. However, you can install Canary Build as a separate installation so it should not be a problem as such. Interested? Go ahead and download Chrome Canary build from here http://tools.google.com/dlpage/chromesxs.