updated 06:45 pm EDT, Wed March 28, 2012
Google Chrome 18 reaches stable level
Google on Wednesday posted the finished version of Chrome 18. The stable version now brings hardware graphics speedups to HTML5's Canvas for 2D and is potentially much faster for certain websites. Acceleration works on both Macs and Windows PCs, but not Linux so far.
The visual improvement partly extends to older computers. Chrome now uses TransGaming's SwiftShader to allow for WebGL 3D apps on graphics chips or platforms that wouldn't normally support it, such as older Intel integrated video and Windows XP systems. Performance will be slower as it's reliant entirely on the main processor, but it will let Chrome users on these PCs see some content that was previously off-limits.
Linux, Mac, and Windows versions should be available now. Google typically puts out Chrome revisions within several weeks of each other, although it has been mostly quiet on what Chrome 19 involves.