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Chrome 10 enters beta with much faster engine, GPU support

updated 12:35 pm EST, Fri February 18, 2011

Google Chrome 10 beta gets Crankshaft engine, GPU

Google late Thursday posted its first public beta of Chrome 10. The browser is the first to use the new Crankshaft engine for JavaScript and is as much as 66 percent faster in crunching JavaScript as today's Chrome 9. Hardware graphics acceleration is also new and, with a fast enough system, could see as much as 80 percent of the main processor's work offloaded to a GPU, extending the battery life on notebooks.

Online sync will now also optionally sync saved passwords and can themselves get an encrypted passphrase. Settings have been revamped both to appear in-browser and to let users search for and hop to a settings area by using the Omnibox bar.

The beta is available for Linux, Macs and Windows PCs. In step with Google's plans for rapid turnarounds of new Chrome versions, the updates should reach the stable (complete) builds within a "few weeks."

Graphics acceleration isn't new to web browsing and is already found in Internet Explorer 9 and Safari.



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  1. rvhernandez

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +6

    No H.264 means...

    No more Chrome for me. Why am I going to use a browser which considers Flash a standard, yet shuns H.264? Google = The New M$!

  1. c. haynes

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    Joined: Mar 2002

    +6

    Hmmmm...

    Now why is it again the we need Chrome??

  1. ASathin8R

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    Joined: Oct 2010

    +10

    @c.haynes

    Chrome, like Android, is a trojan horse. Anyone who claims that Google is the "good guy" and all about "open" is living in a fantasy.

    Both exist purely to make money for Google.

    Eric Schmidt has already said that Android will soon be a $1 billion plus business for Google with its bundled Apps and other services generating an average $10 per user.

    So why does Chrome exist? Because its fast - really fast at driving people to Google and its ad-supported services.

  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +5

    Re: Hmmmm...

    Now why is it again the we need Chrome??

    Chrome uses a separate process for each website you are looking at, either in multiple windows or tabs. If a website makes the browser puke, (flash or javascript), it just kills that process off without bringing down the entire application.

    I read Firefox was going to implement something similar, not sure if they have yet.

  1. c. haynes

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +3

    Like I say...

    I surf a lot. Haven't had all that many websites kill the browser. But, to each their own. :-) C

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -5

    Re: Hmmmm...

    Now why is it again the we need Chrome??

    Well, how about syncing of bookmarks across your computers? You can do that with Safari, I guess, assuming you spend the $100 a year for .Mac.

    And what have you against choice? Based on your comment, I can only assume you said the exact same thing when apple released Safari.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    -9

    Re: No H.264 means...

    No more Chrome for me. Why am I going to use a browser which considers Flash a standard, yet shuns H.264? Google = The New M$!

    Wow, you're so right. It is really hard to get a plug-in to play H.264 in your browser. If it isn't 'built-in', it isn't worth having.

    And I have to go figure out what all you people are doing with your browsers. For it is rare that I ever have a reason to watch some video, be it Flash, h.264, some Avi, or whatever. I guess it must be all those killer chipmunk videos on youtube or something.

  1. guillone

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2011

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    googleoid

    not a fan of google anymore, and chrome is a joke....
    google is way too invasive.

  1. cgc

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Mar 2003

    +1

    No need

    @testudo: XMarks syncs bookmarks across plenty of browsers and platforms (I use it in Linux, OSX, and Windows).

    I'm not a fan of any company dictating what a standard is; they can lobby for in one standard or another, but once they say "we no longer support H.264, yet we support Flash" they don't have my support. I also dislike how Google installs they're own background updater (at least in OSX) that looks for updates without Chrome running (what else is it up to?). Finally, WTF is up with their ludicrous versioning? Gimme a break Google...

    PS. Let's hope Glenn Beck is wrong about this: http://www.switched.com/2011/02/15/glenn-beck-says-google-is-a-front-for-the-u-s-government/

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