Browser wars heat up as Google releases Chrome update

Posted May 21, 2009 by Brenton Currie
Google has overnight released an upgrade to its Chrome web browser, bringing speed and a few new features to the table in the fight against competitors such as Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
The update -- which all users can now download by clicking the "Spanner" icon then "About Google Chrome" -- adds up to an increase of speeds on Javascript-heavy websites of up to 25-30%, says Google, adding huge improvements in speed to what many already called the fastest browser around.
Also included in the update are new features such as the long awaited ability to customise what web pages display on the website wall, as well as form auto-fill in. Users can now also make the browser full screen - a feature seen in IE and Firefox for some time now.Google totals the amount of bug fixes at over 300.
None of the features seen in the new update are totally unique to Chrome, but they will come in handy to those who rely on the browser for their internet browsing. Chrome is still missing the ability to add extensions, something that has so has given Firefox a leading edge, but Google is working on adding this feature soon.
And the jump to version 2.0? According to Google, that's because:
“that’s mainly a metric to help us keep track of changes internally. We don’t give too much weight to version numbers and will continue to roll out useful updates as often as possible.”
Chrome is already gaining ground against competitors after signing deals late last year with computer manufacturers to pre-install Chrome on their computers. This prompted Google to remove the beta tag from the browser, something which still remains on other Google services such as Gmail and Google Docs.
The release comes as Mozilla readies its new update for Firefox which also adds speed improvements as well as some handy new features.