New Chrome Beta Boasts 30% Speed Increase

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Google has released a new beta version of its Chrome web browser, bringing the beta to Chrome 4.0.223.16, that manages to perform nearly a third more quickly than the current mainstream release.

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For now the latest beta is only available for those running Windows-based builds of Google’s browser, though long time Chrome users will be pleased to hear that the latest build includes support for bookmark synchronisation across multiple machines. That 30% speed increase will probably be equally welcome to fans of the lightweight browser.

For those who haven’t been keeping track, the bookmark sync feature means that if you’re sing the latest build of Chrome on a few different machines (at home and at work being the most obvious examples) then you can set the browser to make sure that anything added to one machine’s bookmarks shows up in the other… moving us one step further into the cloud. Google’s blog post on the feature points out that,

“For those of you who are curious, this bit of magic is made possible by the same XMPP-based servers that power Google Talk.”

The news that Google Chrome now boasts a 30% speed increase is perhaps as interesting. If nothing else, Google points out that it means that this build of Chrome is now fully 400% as fast as the already fairly zippy first build of Chrome. Moreover, it means that this build of Chrome is (for us at least) a little bit faster than Shiira, the currently Mac only “fastest browser on earth.” No mean feat, and one that shakes up the top five web browsers in terms of speed a little.

If you’d like to check it out in more detail, hit the Official Google Blog, where there’s naturally a fair bit more to read… and you can download the beta itself.

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2 Responses to “New Chrome Beta Boasts 30% Speed Increase”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Would love to use it… but Google have failed me as a Mac user in this regard. Sergey Brin even said it was disappointing that they missed the boat (so far) on Chrome for Mac.

    There is a version available but it’s pre-alpha and has a tendency to render incorrectly and crash now & then. I’d love to ditch the bloated Firefox and often-annoying Safari for it…

    • komplettie Says:

      I’m using a combination of Safari for personal stuff and Firefox for work stuff, but Chrome for me (on the Mac at least) is largely relegated to just doing Google Wave. It’s a crying shame, because Mac users could really grow to love Chrome’s resource lightness.

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