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The Google Chrome Browser Thread (do not start another one!)

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Chinchilla, Sep 1, 2008.

  1. www.AmCy.org

    www.AmCy.org American CyberSpace®

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    From the WSJ:

    Google to Launch
    Its Own Web Browser
    By JESSICA E. VASCELLARO and ROBERT A. GUTH
    September 1, 2008 5:54 p.m.

    Google Inc. confirmed that it plans to launch its own Web browser, in the latest twist in a battle with Microsoft Corp. over key Internet technologies.

    The Internet company, in a posting on its Web site Monday, indicated that a beta version of the software would be available for download on Tuesday.

    The company said the software is designed to make it easier and faster to browse the Web, by offering enhanced address-bar features and other elements that are very different from those on other browsers. The product will be open-sourced, meaning others can modify the code.

    "We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser," wrote Sundar Pichai, a Google vice president of product management. "What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build."

    News of the project spread after an unconventional leak. Google Blogoscoped, a blog that follows the company, reported Monday that Google had sent it a comic book outlining the specifications of the browser -- which include a new format for "tabs" and the ability to view Web pages as thumbnails.

    The launch is a risky move for Google, which competes against Microsoft's search service but has so far refrained from taking on the near-monopoly of its Internet Explorer browser. While there has been speculation for years that Google has been working on a browser, the Internet company has preferred to focus on Web applications and supported other browsers trying to compete indirectly.

    Google's browser could create problems for the Mozilla Foundation, the organization that builds Firefox, a free browser that has become increasingly popular lately.

    Google has been a partner with the Mozilla organization, providing engineering expertise and finances that are used to develop Firefox. Google and Mozilla last week renewed their agreement, which was set to expire in November, extending it until 2011.

    A person close to Google said support for Mozilla is likely to continue.

    Google has been working on the product for about two years, according to one person familiar with the matter. Work became more serious after Microsoft launched Internet Explorer 7 in 2006, according to one person familiar with the project. Google grew concerned that the browser would make it easier for Microsoft to route users to Microsoft's search service, which could hurt Google's market share.
     
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  2. Awesome Ninja

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    Next, google goes for world domination.
     
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  3. GeorgeP

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    #4
    l0l, tracking your movement 27/7 :)
     
    GeorgeP, Sep 1, 2008 IP
  4. carl_in_florida

    carl_in_florida Active Member

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    #5
    I just saw that. someone has to have a rip of it. Come on folks! We need to be early adopters.

    This is clearly the beginning of the Googls OS
     
    carl_in_florida, Sep 1, 2008 IP
  5. nihangshah

    nihangshah Prominent Member

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    Google is all set to launch an open source browser called "Chrome"

    * Include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8.
    * Google Chrome will use special tabs.
    * Address bar comes with auto-completion features.
    * Chrome presents you with a kind of “speed dial” feature.
    * Will download lists of harmful sites, to fight against them.

    Catch the official blog post and catch it from Techmeme.
     
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  6. www.AmCy.org

    www.AmCy.org American CyberSpace®

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    I don't trust them. I'm sticking with Firefox

    AmCy
     
    www.AmCy.org, Sep 1, 2008 IP
  7. Next

    Next Active Member

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    Google is a big promoter of FireFox. Why would they make their own browser?
     
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  8. xc06

    xc06 Notable Member

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    wow..looking forward to it..
     
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  9. freespace

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    #10
    It makes sense, they are looking at the future and trying to limit any risks in the market.

    In recent news microsoft have said they will be releasing features on its browsers to allow users to block ads.

    Imaging 80% of internet users being not able to see adsense and google sponsored listings. Google would close up shop overnight.

    Having thier own browser will can reduce this risk as more people use Google's browser in which google can control.
     
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    I am excited to see the google browser.
     
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  11. mave99a

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    I hope google will follow the web standard... or web developers will have another broswer to worry about!
     
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  12. RockDiesel

    RockDiesel Well-Known Member

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    #13
    I love FireFox, but I may take a peek at Chrome.
     
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    My Theory:

    I believe google ranklings and algorithms will be altered with the new Google Browser... Why do I say this? Google should now be able to monitor direct visits to websites and will have a better idea of the most visited websites.. I think the new browser is just another tool to help Google produce the most accurate search results, what do you think?
     
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  14. metromark

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    #15
    I've got to hand it to Google ...

    If you want to capture user data - collecting data from the browser is an awesome way to do it.

    That said though, can they REALLY compete with IE of even Firefox?
     
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  15. MakeThatDollar

    MakeThatDollar Notable Member

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    #16
    What new browser?
     
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    I think you might be right on that, I'm wary of using their new browser and will take a wait and see attitude before I would even consider using their browser.


    I don't want any possible spware tracking my surfing habits etc:cool:
     
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  17. MikePrice

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    Waiting for the moment and will try and compare to FF.
    So far FF is my favorite.
     
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    I will stick with FireFox until Chrome is well polished.
     
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    #20
    Ill stick with firefox also, its so good
     
    zurpit.com, Sep 1, 2008 IP