Preview: Google Chrome – Google’s Open Source Browser

Putting an end to the rumors floating all over the blogosphere for the last few months, Google announced their plan to release an open source browser named Google Chrome. And it is coming today. Yes, Tuesday, the 2nd of September 2008!

According to the Official Google Blog page, Chrome will add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web.

To help everyone understand the concept behind Chrome, Google teamed up with the legendary Scott McCloud to develop a cool comic. You can see it here: http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome

Some highlights

1. Chrome will include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8, which is built from scratch by a team in Denmark, and is open source.
2. The tabs will be placed above the address bar and not below.
3. The address bar has auto completion feature and is called “omnibox”.
4. The default homepage will be thumbnails of 9 recent/popular pages plus some personalized stuff on the right.
5. There is a privacy mode – finally.
6. Web based apps which do not need the address and tool bar can be launched in special tabs which do not have these.
7. It will constantly keep on downloading list of harmful sites to prevent your computer.
8. The active downloads will show at the bottom.

Some images

Google Chrome Logo

Google Chrome Service Logo

Google Chrome Screenshots

Chrome Default Homepage with up to 9 thumbnails

Chrome Omnibox Auto Complete

Chrome Task Manager

Chrome Settings Menu

Chrome Bookmarking (Starring) Mechanism

Chrome Private Browsing Mode – Incognito

Chrome – Active Downloads

Stay tuned for an extensive coverage on Chrome!

UPDATE 1:

Google Chrome is out. Download here!

UPDATE 2:

Here’s our review!

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