Google Crankshafts Chrome speed, Web Store launched

By on December 8, 2010
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Google Chrome hits 120 million active users.

At Google’s conference yesterday, which saw the announcement of Google Chrome OS, the online giant also gave a peak into the future of its Chrome web browser.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s VP of Project Management, detailed several new features for Chrome, including: Google Instant for the address bar which is similar to the search engine that loads webpages instead of search results as you type. Chrome will also see improved speed in the built-in PDF reader and better WebGL integration. The most important feature is, however, Chrome’s new Javascript engine supplement called Crankshaft, which is touted to increase javascript speeds up to two times faster. These features will be implemented in future ‘final’ Chrome release, however, eager users can try some of them out by using the alpha and beta builds.

Google also spoke about the Chrome Web Store, which will act like an app store but for the browser. The Web Store will be filled with both applications and games which can be browsed, researched and purchased easily by users. All payments will be handled by Google Checkout. Names like NPR, New York Times, Amazon and EA Games have already partnered to put up their wares on the store.

Finally, Google said that Chrome has managed to hit 120 million active user – a feat he credits to Chrome’s speed and simplicity.

Source: Google Chrome blog.


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