Wednesday, 3 September 2008

New Browser - Google Chrome

Google released a new browser into the wild yesterday. The new browser called Google Chrome has many cool features and I think it has the potential to become a major player in the heavily contested browser market.

The new browser sports a whole bunch of features never before seen in the browser world as well as some of the same old standard things we have come to expect from a modern browser such as tabbed browsing.

As Google tends to do, they thought about stuff a lot more and came up with some really nice solutions to some age old problems.

Lets look at some of the cool new features I think will make this browser take the browser market to new levels:

Tabbed browsing processes
Tabbed browsing has become a standard feature since it was introduced a couple of years back.
 The thing is google looked at the tabs and said mmm, lets take this and make it work better. They took the tabs and instead of running them as seperate threads under the same process they decided to split each tab into its own process. The benefit of this accoring to thier website is that it allows for better garbage collection which prevent the browser from using up all the computers resources after it has been open for some time. This will also allow you to end only the tab that causes the problems, not the entire browser itself. This is a major step forward in thinking and I think it will be a matter of time before all the bigger players in the browser market follow suite.

Internal Process Monitoring
Google Chrome comes with its own task manager that allows you to check which tabs and plugins are causing hassels and kill them if they are getting out of hand.

There is also a link in the bottom called stats for nerds which gives you more detail on the tasks.

Advanced URL Bar
Much like the Mozilla Firefox 3 URL bar the Google Chrome address bar gives you rich results based on not only the URL entered but based on the title of the page. In addition to this the Google Chrome address bar also uses google suggest to find search results in the address bar and you can use the address bar to search. 

Google has used all of its considerable resources for page rank and other technologies to add assitave technology that is seemless, quick and pretty into this seeming simple portion of the web browser.

User Interface
Of all the browsers that I am awareof on the market today, Google Chrome is the most simple and clean in terms of UI. They have followed thier concepts from thier Google search page and made a very simple, fast and very powerfull system that is easy for anyone to use without much knowledge. Don't be fooled though because behind all the simplicity there are appear to be some awsome tools for the tech savvy nerds.

I have only spent about 1 hour with this browser, but I think this may be the browser of the future! I will keep you posted on any new features that I find.

Get Google Chrome here: