And this is it – all blogosphere is now talking about new Google Chrome browser. Google just released beta version and I must say – unbelievable speed!
When I heard at first about Chrome I thought – just one more browser – there are enough already, and yeah, I hear all MAC users screaming about injustice, that only PC users meanwhile can access new browser beta version and I thought I could make review specially for them. I luckily (never thought I will say that word about PC) have PC, so I got the chance to test it. So what’s really about this new browser?
So first I can say it’s EXTREMELY fast, and yes – I really mean EXTREMALY! I am great fan of FireFox, but I can say, I loved Chrome from my first minute. At first it took just ~2 minutes to download and install – every page just loads in few seconds and design is very clean and intuitive, which is great, although I already missed my FF plugins :)
So okay, lets dig deeper:
What’s new with Chrome really? :
1. One box for everything
You got one browser box, where You start typing and browser automatically suggest You popular searches, visited pages while You are writing. Great feature, because now You got Search and Browser box in one field!
2. New tab
You can click on New tab icon – You can see Your nine most visited pages with thumbnails, history search, recent bookmarks and latest closed tabs. I found it pretty useful.
3. Crash Control
Chrome handles tabs differently than other browsers – each tab loads in his own process. This feature cuts out possibility of crashing Your browser – now there will crash just one tab. You can see below in image, what I am talking about.
So now Chrome has his own Task Manager and You can see there, how much memory uses browser, each tab, plug-ins and easily end process of desired page.
If You like detailed statistics – open stats for nerds to see summary.
4. Incognito mode
Image is pretty self explaining – if You don’t want to display pages in Your web history – just choose incognito mode and do safe browsing :) If You work in office – this one could be pretty useful spy mode.
5. Importing settings
Google Chrome made pretty easy for new users to switch to their browser with easy bookmark,password etc. importing from Your previous browser.
6. Instant bookmarks
Browser automatically warns when You are going to visit some unsafe web site – I think You can trust Google as it is one of the biggest Internet giants in the world.
7. Simpler downloads
When downloading a file, it will open in left bottom sidebar – just like FireFox with Statusbar extension. Thoughtful!
8. Dynamic tabs
You can easily manage Your tab order or create new window, just by easily clicking and dragging.
As I already said – Chrome is very fast, while browsing pages – however I am not an expert to make speed testing, however I found some tests.
And there are more speed tests made by lifehacker.com :
Interface in Chrome is very clean and intuitive, every icon and page just in place – excellent design. There are just minimalistic toolbar at top of the browser with just few buttons like:
And two icons – one for customizing current page and another to set Your global configuration settings:
Here I can see how less can be more.
Looks like Chrome will be serious competitor, because of its speed, cleanness and simplicity. I already see great war happening between FireFox, Chrome,Internet Explorer and Safari. Yeah..and for us, designers, looks like there will be one more browser to validate for. However I cant wait for full Chrome version and FireFox response to this step. See you in blogosphere!
If You are interested to know more about Google Chrome and why they made new browser, check their:
I will be very glad to hear Your opinion about those news!