Google’s Chrome web browser may be very well thought-of indeed when it comes to Windows, but on other platforms its history is a little less to be proud of. Now though, it seems the search giant is readying a Mac version of the browser.
Many Mac users had long since given up on getting an official release of Chrome in the near future, opting instead to just download a string of developer builds of Chromium that, while increasingly stable, often failed to deliver the same functionality as Windows versions of Google Chrome. Now though, Google has decided that it’d like for Mac users to have a beta version by the end of the year. Now though, we have word that the Mac version of Chrome will be missing some features.
Perhaps most noticeable omission is Chrome’s Bookmark Manager, which Mac users will simply have to live without. While Chromium has lacked it for a very long time indeed, it’s strange (and a little saddening) to see that Google now intends to launch its beta of Chrome for Mac without the Bookmark Manager, one of the neatest features of its Windows.
Similarly, App Mode is to be missing too, which is a bit of a shame. Impressively enough, Google Gears won’t make it either, which is a crying shame, especially for fans of Wave. Mac users will likely already know that there just isn’t a version of Google Gears for Mac OS unless you’re willing to get your hands a bit dirty and install a hacked version of Google Gears which will work with the latest versions of Safari.
Still, despite all the missing bits and pieces, the fact that Google is finally getting Chrome into beta for Mac is a sign that things may finally start moving when it comes to versions of the browser for platforms other than Windows, and there’s not too much to complain about there.
If you’d like to read about other bits and pieces that have been shed to make the beta release of Chrome for Mac then you’d do well to take a look at the TechCrunch article on Chrome for Mac entering beta.