Google Chrome

IE, Firefox, Safari and Opera. Now, Chrome.

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Google itself has a very interesting “handout” on Chrome. Please read it – its very interesting and informative, even for non-techies.

In brief, Chrome uses Webkit for rendering, has the new V8 JavaScript engine, uses the interesting idea of isolating user activities into separate processes and sandboxes, among others. Plus a few other innovative UI tricks that have caught my eye – like its default home page, which shows the nine most popular websites (based on your browsing history) in a 3×3 thumbnail format.

A few questions:

  • When will I get plugins like NoScript, Ad-Block Plus, Web Developer toolbar and Firebug?
  • (Not that this is likely since it uses WebKit) Will I have to check webpages (for layout and JS) on a FIFTH browser?
  • Google is betting its all on web apps. Will Chrome somehow be preferential to JS frameworks used by Google applications, to the detriment of others?

Google does have its job cut out. That the worst browser of the current lot has 80% of the market share shows how difficult it is to take on an entrenched segment leader.

If anyone could do it, I ‘d say it would be Google.

I would most likely have to wait and see when it comes into my Ubuntu repository. Or may be I’ll try plopping it into /opt.

Thite has already tried it out!

5 thoughts on “Google Chrome

  1. Hrishikesh

    Technically, you don’t have to test your pages on yet another browser, since the rendering engine WebKit is the same that Safari uses.

    About those zillions of plug-ins: I’m not sure when Google will allow them, if at all, since plug-ins are the cause of a lot of misbehaviour and they clearly state that they are the few remaining things that they cannot sandbox unless the plug-in authors take care of it themselves.

    And 80% market-share or not, Google can always be the disruptive innovator. In fact, it seems poised for just that.

  2. Hrishikesh

    And what’s the deal with closing comments?

    Is it so that someone does not go back and post at some arbit post written bazillions of years ago? Or too much spam?

  3. Rohit Post author

    Regarding testing, I realized the same as soon I typed it out (hence the conditional in the bracket). The only new thing to look out for is the v8 JS engine.

    Google doesn’t need to worry about plugins – the four I mentioned have become a pretty standard set that most developers will install, so say, they can produce a dev version of Chrome with these bits added in? In fact, I believe NoScript and Ab-Block functionality should become a standard part of any browser.

    Exciting times ahead both for users and developers.

    @comments, the 30 day limit is for spam. I’m putting my site through an overhaul though – so it may go off. In the meantime, email me if you want to post a response on some older stuff 🙂

  4. Vidyadhar

    Dude,
    Liked the way you describe Google Chrome. I am yet to try it out. I will try it. But hey, I still trust Mozilla based Flock! It is just perfect for me.

  5. Yogesh

    Does Chrome support JS?
    My site doesn’t work with Chrome !!!

    Hey Rohit, where did you disappear suddenly. Its only this morning I discovered that you are not with Dxns. I looked for your email id on your blog but all in vain. Hence, am using this comments thingy to get in touch with you. Do reply to my id.

    Yogesh

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