Yesterday’s update of the Google Chrome Beta browser brought several exciting additions to the Internet browser that users of the dev and canary builds enjoyed for some time. The beta channel version has been updated to 10.0.648.82 for all supported operating systems. With Chrome 10 come improvements in many areas.
That’s not the only speed improvement in the new beta channel release. GPU-accelerated video has been implemented as well, albeit preliminary, which should reduce the cpu usage of users with compatible graphics hardware, according to Google by up to 80% in full screen mode.
Security in the new version has been improved as well. Chrome will for instance disable outdated plugins automatically by default which in the past have always been one of the most popular attack vectors.
Other features included in the release are password syncing which is not enabled by default and a new settings page that opens in a tab instead of a dialog box. Settings access has been improved as it is now possible to enter the name of the setting into the url form to see all settings that match the query. It is now also possible to jump to most settings directly without having to navigate through a series of menus first.
The new Chrome Beta channel version improves several key aspects of the web browser. Chrome Beta users are as usual updated automatically. New users who want to download the Chrome Beta release can download it from the getting involved page over at Chromium.
The Google Chrome development team constantly works on three different versions of the web browser; A stable build, a beta build and a dev build.
The beta build offers a good compromise between stability and speed. The latest Chrome beta update promises a 30% to 35% speed improvement over the previous beta channel release which in itself is already faster than the stable release of the browser.
This alone might convince users who dig speed to make the switch to the beta channel – or the even faster dev channel. But the latest Chrome update available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh systems delivers more than just speed.
The developers have added a handful of features to the beta release. Bookmark sync for one has been extended so that browser preferences, themes, homepage and startup settings can now be synced as well.