Google Chrome development lifecycle is like a fast paced car race. The builds are incremented every few months to mark major releases in the development and stable builds.
Google has just released Google Chrome 9 as the stable build to users, however, Chrome 9 which has already been in the beta channel for a while is going to be rolled out to users starting today.
Along with that, Google Chrome 11 is now available in the Canary build and will shortly make it to the development channel. This push will mean that Chrome 10 will make it to the beta channel.
Google Chrome 9 supports features such as cloud printing and background apps manager. This will allow Google to push their Cloud printing feature to a large number of users which has been rolled out to Gmail mobile recently.
Chrome 9 should be available as an update to regular users starting today. If you want to update your browser, head over to Settings -> About Google Chrome and let it check for updates.
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.
Google Chrome dev channel has been updated to version 9.0.597.10 for Windows, Mac and Linux and includes Cloud Printing feature and an option to view apps running in the Background.
Cloud Printing is Google’s new technology to allow users to print documents from any computer or smart phone regardless of where you are on a printer you add to the Google Cloud. Using this new technology users will able to print documents from anywhere you are without having to be physically present near the printer.
You will need to visit Settings -> Under the Hood and scroll down and sign in with your account to the Google Cloud print service to start using this feature.
In addition to the Cloud Printing technology, Google has also introduced a feature which display the Background Apps running currently, this coincides with Google’s new Web store which went live earlier today. To view the Background apps, Go to Settings -> View background apps. Once you click on the option you can view details of the apps/extensions which are currently running along with memory and CPU usage.
This is definitely a good addition because you can quickly identify processes which are using up too much memory or CPU usage and then End the process using the background apps manager. Since Chrome runs all apps and extensions as separate processes killing an individual process should not affect the rest of the browser.
Google Chrome 9 has officially hit the dev channel for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The newest version of Google Chrome is versioned 9.0.570.0 and includes minor fixes and some security fixes. There are no new features added to the Chrome Labs though. You can check the updates in Google Chrome 9 here or view the entire change log for this version here.
Google Chrome 8 was released in mid-October, and Chrome 9 has been released within 3 weeks. This is not surprising though as Chrome developers have planned to release one stable version every 6 weeks. Users might see a stable version of Chrome 8 coming out soon.