2 September 2008 | Team Tamar

Google Chrome

Google has today announced albeit by ‘accident’ the imminent release of it’s new Chrome browser.  In typical Google fashion they have chosen to be different and announced the release of Chrome via a unique means in the form of a 38 page online comic book.

Feature wise, it appears that the new Chrome browser will incorporate all the best features from the existing browsers.  One of the nicest features to make it’s way into the new browser is a feature that has been taken from Opera , that allows you to view thumbnail images of all your current tabs in one page.

The new browser will make use of the same HTML parsing engine which is used in Apples Safari browser, but will sport a completely re-written JavaScript engine.  This means that all websites that support the Safari browser, should display correctly in Chrome, although some testing will still need to be done to ensure any JavaScript functionality works as intended.

Currently Internet Explorer holds around 50.6% of the browser market share, followed by Firefox on 43.7% and Safari third on 2.6% (complete stats here) .  A large part of Firefox’s popularity has been due to the fact that it was open source and this has led to a large number of after market add-ons being developed.  As Chrome is also being released as open source, we believe that it will most likely affect Firefox’s market share and will have less of an impact on Internet Explorer.

We are eagerly awaiting the release of the new browser and will be posting an update as soon as we get our hands on it!

Team Tamar

  • http://www.robgaskarth.co.uk Rob Gaskarth
  • Alan

    This is certainly one of the more exciting browser releases that I have seen recently. It managed to slip under my radar completely too which made the comic read even more enjoyable.
    Some of the features they are implementing have a certain drool factor and I love the amount of sandboxing that takes place.
    Between the advent of the iPhone and the possibility to blur the lines with web app and desktop apps by removing ALL chrome in the new browser, things are just getting more and more interesting every day and I cant wait to get my hands on this.
    The fact that they have opened up the entire thing oozes kudos in an industry that has had it’s hiccups along the way with too many proprietary implementations to deal with.
    Google does it again, is just a shame they are so scary with the amount of data they hold on all of us that use their services.
    Better the devil you know I guess!

  • Robin Winslow

    About the browser-stats you use – the stats from W3schools are only the percentages or people visiting W3schools, so it’s not surprising so many people use Firefox.
    They even warn you that their stats are biased at the bottom of the statistics table.