Chrome 15 Arrives, as Open Source Browsers Get Down to Brass Tacks

by Sam Dean - Sep. 23, 2011Comments (3)

Even as Mozilla moves ahead with a rapid release cycle for the Firefox browser, Google continues to deliver new versions of Google Chrome at a blindingly fast pace. The company has announced that Chrome 15 is now available through the Chrome beta channel. The new release is available in a Linux version, too. Google is also pushing ahead with a TV advertising campaign for Chrome--a move we certainly haven't seen from Mozilla.

In addition to performance enhancements, the big news in Chrome 15 is enhanced New Tab functionality. This page delves into how this works.  According to Google:

"The New Tab page is what you see when you (you guessed it) open a new tab in Google Chrome. It’s designed to get you to your favorite apps and sites, as quickly as possible. Whenever you open a new tab, the New Tab page appears preloaded with...sections."

The sections are: Apps (the ones you've installed from the Chrome web store); Most Visited Sites; and Recently Closed. This post from the Chrome blog goes deeper into how the New Tab functionality works, noting that: "You can flip between [these] different sections by clicking the section labels at the bottom of the page or the arrows at the side of the page. Chrome will remember the last section you flipped to and return to it when you open a new tab."

You can find the official release announcement for Chrome 15 here. It discusses a new JavaScript API and more.

As we've noted, Chrome and Firefox are leading innovation on the browser scene, and it's becoming clear that they compete neck-and-neck with each other, with new versions arriving faster than ever before.

Increasingly, there are good arguments for using both of these open source browsers. I favor Firefox for certain extensions that I run with it, but also use Chrome when I want fast, efficient browsing and won't require my favorite extensions. 

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Why should Google get all the attention? Rapid release Chromium builds don't get the stick for "enterprise users" like Firefox does.

As for the innovation, Opera leads the pack any day, although, I admit that it's not open source.

Nevertheless, it's akin to chalk and cheese; Firefox still needs to update it's mechanism for extensions. More importantly, it needs to expedite the release of it's Jetpack API. I don't see much action there.

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Chrome's advertising budget is probably the size of Mozilla's annual revenue. No way could Mozilla afford a national TV campaign.

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I like google

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