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Google updates Chrome browser to V2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 22 May 2009 22:46 User comments (9)

Google updates Chrome browser to V2 Eight successful months after launching the browser, Google has updated Chrome to version 2.0, bringing substantial upgrades and bug fixes.
According to the press release, the updated browser has patched and fixed over 300 bugs, bringing increased stability.

Other improvements:
Improved New Tab Page: The most requested feature from users was the ability to remove thumbnails from the New Tab page. Now you can finally hide that embarrassing gossip blog from the Most Visited section.

Full Screen Mode: If you've ever given a presentation or watched a large video using Google Chrome, you might have wished you could use every last pixel on your screen for the content. Now you can hide the title bar and the rest of the browser window by hitting F11 or selecting the option in the Tools menu.

Form Autofill: Filling out your information in forms over and over again can be tedious. Form autofill helps by showing information you've previously entered into the same form fields automatically. If at any point you want to clear out your information, that's easy to do from the Tools menu.

Increased Speed: Making the web faster continues to be our main area of focus. Thanks to a new version of WebKit and an update to our JavaScript engine, V8, interactive web pages will run even faster. We've also made sure that JavaScript keeps running fast even when you have lots of tabs open. Try opening a bunch of web applications and then running your favorite benchmark.


Download it here at Afterdawn: Google Chrome V2

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9 user comments

123.5.2009 9:58

Firefox is Still better.

223.5.2009 10:30
oappi
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lol... run the peacemaker and see what it has to say about it.
Every browser has its cons and pro:s. Firefox is nearly slowest browser and needs plug ins to be installed to get what most ppl want. Crome wont work in some pages (moslty web config pages that i know of) like dd-wrt router´s web config page, but you can see its clearly faster than opera or firefox. i have found opera to have best balance. It has speed, pages that dont work are really rare and for me all the features i need/want, mostly the zooming the page when some "smart" web desinger has got on hes had to make font really small or picture with good quality too small. Thats the best feature no other browser has been able to copy (yet).

323.5.2009 14:53

Originally posted by Lothros:
Firefox is Still better.
Yeah it is but it isn't at the same time. Chrome has some small features are are nice too.

I tried chrome when it first came out for a day and then got rid of it, but I've switched over to it now. One thing I like compared to firefox is how the tabs work. I hate on firefox how when I'm closing a bunch of tabs in a row, they auto-resize themself in the middle of me closing and I end up closing some tabs I didn't mean to. No big deal, just go to history>recently closed tabs and click on the one I want.

Now chrome, they don't have this recently closed tabs option. They do have a history page though.

The main problem with chrome is that it suffers the same problems youtube.com suffers. I mean, people ask for features, and they don't get put in for a year. Look at the new features list for google chrome 2.0. It's absolutely pathetic. Oh neat our browser goes fullscreen just like all the other browsers in the world have been able to since 1995, same with form autofill too, now you can erase the porn sites from your most visited sites page, and it's faster! Really don't you need more stuff for a 2.0 release?

423.5.2009 17:38

Originally posted by oappi:
lol... run the peacemaker and see what it has to say about it.
Every browser has its cons and pro:s. Firefox is nearly slowest browser and needs plug ins to be installed to get what most ppl want. Crome wont work in some pages (moslty web config pages that i know of) like dd-wrt router´s web config page, but you can see its clearly faster than opera or firefox. i have found opera to have best balance. It has speed, pages that dont work are really rare and for me all the features i need/want, mostly the zooming the page when some "smart" web desinger has got on hes had to make font really small or picture with good quality too small. Thats the best feature no other browser has been able to copy (yet).
Firefox the slowest? Lol, the new beta is pretty speedy.
Most, if not ALL browsers need plugins.

I like you're facts:)

525.5.2009 2:04

Firefox may be fast but its interface is cluttered thats the only reason i stopped using it. Mozilla filled the void it left till that project was canceled. Now im a fan of Seamonky.

Opera is a multi platform browser, the goal is not speed but stability.

IE is, well its fun to play with if its not yours.

Chrome is like a triple chocolate icecream cake pie, make it pretty and they will come...

SeaMonkey is like an opera/firefox a blend of both, although it doesn't like incomplete, or buggy poorly scripted websites and it ether loads them but takes forever or it times out.

627.5.2009 16:59
oappi
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Quote:
Originally posted by oappi:
lol... run the peacemaker and see what it has to say about it.
Every browser has its cons and pro:s. Firefox is nearly slowest browser and needs plug ins to be installed to get what most ppl want. Crome wont work in some pages (moslty web config pages that i know of) like dd-wrt router´s web config page, but you can see its clearly faster than opera or firefox. i have found opera to have best balance. It has speed, pages that dont work are really rare and for me all the features i need/want, mostly the zooming the page when some "smart" web desinger has got on hes had to make font really small or picture with good quality too small. Thats the best feature no other browser has been able to copy (yet).
Firefox the slowest? Lol, the new beta is pretty speedy.
Most, if not ALL browsers need plugins.

I like you're facts:)
I bet everyone has some alpha beta that is faster than current stable versions. Like opera 10 (beta) is faster than firefox beta... so i only speak most stable versions there is.



And no... not every browser needs plugins. I haven´t installed any plugins to opera, crome or ie (not that i ever used ie after i have downloaded opera), but firefox to become grate it needs those plugins.

(tip = you´re = you are... use "your")
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 May 2009 @ 17:00

728.5.2009 15:52

Quote:
...but firefox to become grate it needs those plugins.

(tip = you´re = you are... use "your")
Just have to point out, if you are going to give someone a tip on grammar, make sure you use the correct spelling for your post. :P

(should be great)

81.6.2009 7:55
oappi
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well done you found 1 typo on 24 lines.... bit different when you write 2½ lines with attemt to have sarcastic joke. I dont think he felt angry or anything since he didnt respond to that (and he most likely will get it right next time).

I just felt the that without the "new beta is speedy" the whole post would have been total waste of everyones time and last time i checked firefox beta was behind opera 10 (beta) which again makes it "nearly slowest" like i pointed out. I dont mind if you like to use firefox because of interface, but plz dont post false info or atleast say where i can go check the info. I rather use browser that most ppl dont use (less ppl intrested -> less malware/exploits).

91.6.2009 8:49

Originally posted by oappi:
well done you found 1 typo on 24 lines.... bit different when you write 2½ lines with attemt to have sarcastic joke. I dont think he felt angry or anything since he didnt respond to that (and he most likely will get it right next time).
It was a lighthearted poke. If you want to get critical, there were a lot more errors, as there are in your last post.

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