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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The New Google Chrome Browser - All Of The Best Video Clips To Learn Everything About It

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The Google Chrome browser is out and fully available for download right now.


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

To help you out find out what Google Chrome is all about I suggest you to do one of two things:

a) Download Google Chrome now and try it out for yourself.

b) Look at this unique set of short video clips I have prepared and selected for you. They introduce you to Google Chrome basic features, tools and to some of the history and motivations behind it.


Introduction to Google Chrome - Screencast

Here it is! The new Google Chrome browser is finally here, available in a number of languages from Filipino to Catalan. Is all there. So choose your proper language and download it. It's ready now for Windows XP or Vista only. No Mac, sorry guys, but is a very very cool new browser.

Let me show you in 4 minutes only what are the key things you should expect to find inside Google Chrome. First of all, as you can see the navigation controls are very very simple.

There's no more top menu, but there are a bunch of traditional tabs that now occupy the very top part of your screen. This tabs act as individual applications. If one of them crashes not the rest of the browser will follow along. If you're running through long-loading pages, javascript loaded once that seems to slow down everything, only that browser window or tab will be influenced by that. The rest will function just fine.

The second interesting thing is now you can use the address bar also as a search bar indeed. You can say that you're looking for screencasting tools and this will act as a search engine. Is now searching inside Google Italy because I'm based in Italy and this is the first time that I'm using the browser, but I've already found out that inside the wrench tool here, which groups together some of the key commands, you can certainly go inside options and go to basics and select your default Google search. It can be one of this Italian search engines, so the fantastic p2p Faroo or you decide what engine you wanna use there. You set I will need to restart Google Chrome altogether to get this to work, I guess.

Other features available trough the options are pretty much the ones you would expect to find there. Some minor tweaks, where you download things, if passwords are on or off and this is the more technical stuff with proxy settings, cookies, security protection from phishing and malware and so on. You find all of these stuff inside the wrench here where you can also discover about a new way to display the history which is trough a browser window, which I find very handy and the same approach is used for the download right there. These are the tricky things new in the menu.

The other interesting menu here is the one represented by this paper clip and inside it the first interesting thing to point at is the new incognito window, which allows you to browse anonymously without leaving any trace of your destination page you've been or any traces of the cookies and other stuff you may get along your browsing journey.

The second very very interesting thing (and probably this is a premiere one for all the browsers out there), is the ability to create for any tab a shortcut on your desktop or inside your start menu. Let's say you've got the e-mail and want to access it. This is more straightful without calling the browser and going to a proper Gmail window. You can say "create applications shortcut" and this is gonna ask you where do you want it. On desktop, on the start menu, on the quick launch bar. You can select the ones you want and when you say ok, you're gonna get an icon on your desktop actually with your Gmail right here. There it is. When I double click it I'm gonna get a browser window just with my Gmail. Right there.

These are the key new things for this fantastic browser. It's light and fast and is the fastest javascript engine that is out there. If you have a side you contain several applications or tools you use, you should find Google Chrome to be very fast.

From Rome, Italy this is Robin Good with the introduction of Google Chrome (Beta) for Windows.

Go download it yourself. Ciao!


Ten Features of Google Chrome

Learn 10 quick tips about using Google Chrome:

  • One box for everything
    To navigate the web or do a search, start typing into the address bar. It will suggest popular sites, searches and even pages you've already visited that contain your search terms.
  • New Tab Page
    To view most frequented websites simply open a new tab. Google Chrome will automatically display your most visited pages and search engines as well as recent bookmarks and closed tabs.
  • Application shortcuts
    To launch a web application in its own Google Chrome window, click the page menu and select "create application shortcuts". A shortcut for this app will appear on your desktop. Click the icon to launch this app in a Google Chrome window.
  • Dynamic tabs
    To open a new tab, hit the plus icon next to an open tab. You can also click and drag the top of a tab to change the order or even pull a tab in its own window. Then put it back again.
  • Crash control
    To see how much of your computer's resources each of your open webpages is using, right-click the tab of the Google Chrome window and select "task manager". You'll see memories per tab and plugins like flash appear separately. You can also close tags that are misbehaving by clicking "end process" from inside the task manager.
  • Incognito mode
    To browse the web without storing the record on your computer, click the page menu and select "new incognito window". A new window will open in incognito mode. Websites can still collect personal information about you, but nothing from the session will be used in Google Chrome after you close the window.
  • Secure browsing
    To help you browse the web more securely, Google Chrome will show warning message before you visit a site that's suspected of having malware or phishing.
  • Instant bookmarks
    To save your favorite pages, just click the star next to the address bar. Then select bookmarks bar to add the selected link to the bookmarks bar.
  • Import settings
    To import your settings after you've installed Google Chrome, click the wrench menu and select "Import bookmarks & settings". Select the browser and then select any item you don't want to add. Then click import.
  • Simpler downloads
    To download a file, click on the link to start the download. You'll see the download progress at the bottom of the Google Chrome window. When it's finished, you can drag the file to copy it to your desktop, click on the button to open it or click on the arrow for more options.


One Box for Everything

To navigate the web or do a search, start typing into the address bar. It will suggest popular sites, searches and even pages you've already visited that contain your search terms.


Safe Browsing

To help you browse the web more securely, Google Chrome will show warning message before you visit a site that's suspected of having malware or phishing.


The Story Behind Google Chrome

  • Why is Google building a browser
    For how much the web has evolved, the browser as a platform, haven't evolved that much. What we are trying to do with Chrome is to make sure the browsers are really evolving along with the web so that the web can evolve to the next level. Browsers had to get better because they were designed for an era when webpages were doing completely different things.
  • Today most of what we use on a day-to-day basis applications and not webpages. People are watching videos, they're uploading videos, they're chatting with each other, they're playing games on the web. All these things certainly never existed back when the first browsers were created, when the first web was created.

    Wouldn't it be great to start from scratch and design something based on the needs of today's application, today's webmasters.

  • Speed. V8 and Webkit
    With Google Chrome we wanted to make sure that we improved browsers along. So speed, stability and security. Speed is always very important to Google. We want to make sure that Chrome executes as fast as possible everything from the Javascript engine to the renderer.

    We decided for V8 which allows us to execute JavaScript really fast. Javascript is the language that is used everywhere on the web. It was performing too slow so we decided to to make it faster. The team that worked on that did an amazing job. We're all stunned by how fast that works.

    We saw a big opportunity to try to make it a fresh start and to use a different rendering entering webkit something that we spent a long time evaluating and webkit is the underlying rendering engine for Chrome because it's very fast, it's very lightweight, it's very small and easy-to-maintain code base.

  • Stability
    We've worked really hard to keep the browser very fast, especially when it's accessing these very powerful sites and also to keep it very stable. For instance if you're playing a game in one browser tab and it suddenly slows down a lot because suddenly you have 50 monsters on the screen you have to kill you're next tab over that's running your e-mail isn't gonna be slowed down by that.
  • We came up with this system whereby each web app would be run in its own environment. Isolated from the others. Other browsers what might have on this is the entire browser would crash. so you lose your online banking session, you lose the document that you were editing, you lose everything. In Google Chrome, if one tab goes down the other tab would still stay up.

  • Security
    In building Chrome we were very concerned about security. One of the thing that gives us a lot of is just the multi-process architecture of Chrome. Each render runs in a separate process on your computer. That means they're isolated from each other so one can't talk to the other and steal information.

    What we do is we essentially give each webpage its own little playground, its own sandbox. If you got online banking running in one tab you got your search results, your gmail and another tab, the two can't talk to each other and if something bad happen in one sandbox, maybe a giant flood or it starts to rain, the other sandboxes are gonna stay nice and dry, nice and happy. Your tab is going to be isolated from the other tabs.

  • The invisible browser
    In the engineering browser essence in Chrome is the user interface itself. it's stuff around outside of the window. The buttons of the toolbar, that kind of stuff. Hand-in-hand with that was this design philosophy that we took because we wanted to maximize content and minimize Chrome.

    In designing Chrome we felt that we had to make it invisible. people shouldn't have to think about Google Chrome, people should have to think about their applications. In this process they've taken a very minimalistic approach just like

    If you think of the white page and we've tried to do the same with the browser. from top to bottom we designed the interface to make sure that it was as efficient and clean as possible, in every single pixel of the chrome of chrome to be sure that was nothing wasted.

  • The code is yours
    Google Chrome is a fully open source browser. We wanna release this in a way in which others adopt good idea from us like we wanna adopt good ideas from other folks. and help the browser get better.

    People should be apt to dig into that, people should be apt to learn from that. People should be apt to contribute. We really want the work that we do to sort raised the bar for browser. We want browsers free so everyone can make the capabilities better. We wanna be able to allow better web applications to be delivered.

    Even if Google Chrome itself isn't used by everyone on the web, as long as it makes the web better, we've achieved that goal.

Google Chrome In-Depth Analysis from Mashable

Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins of Mashable takes a quick tour around the functions and features of Google Chrome:

Hello there Mark "Rizzn" Hopkins here. Going to do a quick screencast for the Mashable! readers on brand new Google Chrome. Really good stuff. Last night I did a quick blog post indicating that I wasn't going to be particularly excited to see this, but I would be try it out as soon as it came out. Google Chrome.

First thing i wanna start with there's a memory manager here. I've got three tabs open here. First thing I notice if you look at the task list, you get a lot of processes that open up. One that seems to open up for every tab and sometimes they seems to even spawn others in a row looking process.

I found out when I compared it to FireFox is a 8% less memory usage tab for tab. At this point I've had this browser opened for about 2 hours and there's no blotch. This one gone up is my gmail. Is 33MB memory item and had gone up about 4 MB and just drop back down when I started using it again. Interesting. Is very memory efficient and it shows in how rapidly stuffs pops up.

I've preloaded tabs here because with the screencast running it slows down my machine quite considerably, but as you can see I'm switching between new stories here and it's no delay unlike the delay which exist in Safari, which is also based off a web-page code base.

There's one little quirk with Gmail. This is strange that it happens here but I found that with some of the keyboard shortcut there's a bit of delay of the screen. You put some keyboard shortcuts and it scrolls the whole screen, not text, but like the whole applications got along off screen and that would duplicate yet but it seems to happen whenever I try to open windows.

This is awesome. These are favorites, most favorites sites slashed on the screen. With thumbnails. That's basically the idea here. You can click on any of this here and it'll take you to back in the authentication. Most closely represents for example FireFox, it's got a little window that slides down whenever you log on and says if you wanna remember the password or not for that site.

Let me show you some of these options here. It doesn't have the halt option for pull down menus. You get this two buttons here. One looks like a page and the other one looks like a wrench. "New tab", "new window", "do incognito window". You got your "find" options, "print", "set to zooming", make that back to a normal person size. Some "developer options", basically that's the fancy name for "viewing source".

Over here you got your bookmarks bar. You can turn on and off. History, actually this is a slightly different thing this is a more detailed history. It kinda closely resembles the Google history that if you had your Google account and Google Toolbar set up it logs on to the server. It's all in the browser. It's supposed to be kinda file option thing like you see in FireFox and explorer.

Your options are actually pretty skimpy at the moment. You got your basics: "setting your homepage" you can open multiple tabs and start up what you want to show you you're opening a new tab. They even offer the option to set a different search engine. as a default searches engine. Where you want to download your file, how you wanna save your passwords, default fonts, and what they are calling "under the hood options": setting a proxy server, setting help reports, that sort of stuff. How do you want your pages to load up, all that mess. Pretty basics. It's not like the 15 pages you see in Firefox or Explorer, but they get the job done.

That's the basics, here's the big kicker. I'm gonna load up the Mashable! Wordpress adman real quick, because this was the deal breaker for me when I came to Safari. The problem with that was that whenever you're in Wordpress this is an error kinda of cork that I verified happens with other folks, not just me and my crappy machine. In Safari it was randomly truncating certain parts like input fields. Whenever you type stuff into where you set the URL for the blog post and whenever you write directly into the editor window, it would seem that Safari would randomly insert paragraph text truncating the last letter just do all kind of cocky formatting things. If found with this I can duplicate that not at all its functions completely as it should.

I can say this is definitely a step up over any other browser on the market, definitely worth trying give it a shot and think you'll be pretty pleased with it.
(Source: Mashable!)

Learn More about Google Chrome:

  • Fast and lightweight. Tests reveal it to be faster than 8% than Mozilla Firefox.
  • Possibility to arrange tabs by drag&drop even outside browser's frame to create new browsers.
  • Keybord shortcuts function gives users the possibility to access frequently consulted pages (for example Gmail), right from desktop or quick launch bar opening immediately a browser window.
  • The address bar also serves as a search bar.
  • Favorities are arranged in thumbnail view in a single tab. A click will redirect directly to selected page.
  • History and download manager are displayed in a browser window and searchable via Google internal search engine.

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