Chrome 4 browser released

Google Chrome LogoOnly one and a half year after the first release of Chrome, the fourth version of Google’s browser has been released. The latest version now features bookmark synchronisation between installations on different computers via the user’s Google account. There is also the possibility of installing extensions. Today, there are already 1,800 available for download.

Additionally, Google introduced several new APIs to make the browser talk to other applications. The Web-Storage-API makes it possible to save your work offline without the need to use Google Gears. The Web-SQL-Database-API lets provides access to local SQL databases and the Notofication API gives developers the opportunity to use the operating system’s notification area.

As in every update, also JavaScript speed was increased. Today, users have to request the update manually. However, all users will be automatically notified of the update in the next days.

Video: Chrome Browser for Chrome OS Demonstration

After Google accidentally released the source code for the Chrome OS version of the Chrome browser (see article here) I installed it on a Ubuntu machine that was running in Sun’s Virtual Box. In the video you can see all changes Google made. There’s an option tab that let’s you configure your networks and touchpad. It also has a battery indicator and a special button to login to some @google.com account.

Links I mentioned in the video:

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