Our good friends at Google have been working on a browser elegantly named Chrome. This open-sourced browser boasts features that are fairly new to the browser scene. Google’s blog post introducing Chrome emphasizes the importance to starting over new with a web browser because the web has evolved from simple text html pages to rich, interactive applications. In order to better illustrate how the idea came about, and what has gone into creating this application, Google’s Scott McCloud has created a comic book available for reading here.
The address bar in Chrome, dubbed the Omnibox [Editor’s note: sounds ominous], works like a normal address bar, but with the added functionality of the search box on the Google Toolbar, integrating Google Search, browsing history and even page suggestions based on the Ranking system. Also, when you complete a search on sites like Wikipedia, NewEgg, and Amazon, the search boxes from those pages are captured on your local system, so future searches on those sites will take less time, again, much like the Google Toolbar.
A new innovative feature that I am excited about is the New Tab Page. It features thumbnails of your nine most visited pages, and search boxes for the sites on which you use the search feature the most (i.e. Wikipedia, Imdb, YouTube, etc.). And, if Google is true to their pattern, this will be 100% customizable.
There are many new and upcoming features on Google Chrome, and I am looking forward to seeing what it will become. Most everything I do on the internet is tied to my Google account so it only makes sense to have a Google-made browser as well. However, even if you aren’t a Googler, I am sure there will be many reasons for you to install Chrome whether you start at the Beta, or whether you pick it up at a later release, because this browser was built from scratch with the current web in mind.
I will definitely download Chrome and give it the rundown. I invite you to do the same. Come back and leave your comments about what you think about it. The beta version will be available for download tomorrow here: http://gears.google.com/chrome/?hl=en.
UPDATE: Google Chrome will not be available for download until 18:00 GMT
UPDATE 2: Google will host a press conference at 18:00 UTC (11:00 am PDT). So does this mean it will not be released at that time? We’ll wait and see I guess.
UPDATE 3: Google Chrome is now available for download at the link above!