Google Web Browser Aka Google Chrome Sneak Peak

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Google appears to have soft launched this site for Google Chrome, its open source browser, which is slated for release on Windows tomorrow.

The site provides the screenshot above, plus a set of demonstration videos that can’t actually be played because they have either been removed or set to private. We’ve uploaded the splash screens to these videos so you can at least get a fuzzy sense of what Chrome’s features look like.

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138 thoughts on “Google Web Browser Aka Google Chrome Sneak Peak

  1. Zack - Amer1can Paratrooper

    If i could bet on one thing, the new browser should be verrrrrry powerful. However, I don’t think it will become an opera killer, since I can access just about anything google with my default. Should be interesting. Great find shoe!

  2. Storm

    Wow, expected but still caught me by suprise, at least this is good: “we are making all of our code open source as well”.

    Windows only (for now), might be my first reason to try boot camp hehe.

    Storm

  3. LGR

    How long before this turns into a person web OS? It will not matter soon what computer you are on. All you will need is the Google web browser and you will be able to do everything you need.

    1. Hustle Strategy

      That is what I was wondering. Seems they will have more control over the sites if they own the browser… It could be good for end users though. I don’t want ads on everything though.

  4. Money While You Sleep

    Ahh yes, Google Chrome! Of course.

    Reminds me of a scene from Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels… remember, where they’re introducing the villains… [ in a cockney accent] “Now this is Google. And Google doesn’t just have their thumb in a few pies, they have their thumb in every tech pie there is.”

    Now of course, I’m not suggesting that Google is a villain; just that they have their thumb in a lot of pies. It was just the first metaphor that sprang to mind… ;)

    They’ll have their own satellite soon. And a colony on mars before NASA…

      1. Goran Website

        This is Google we are talking about, they can do anything they wish and the benefit to them is having all the apps nicely packaged into the browser it makes perfect sense now that it is out or on the cards.

  5. Corey Geer

    This is a great advancement for Google in their ever growing field but I honestly believe that Mozilla’s Firefox will never be beat out. Sure it has it’s up and downs but I guess we can’t say for sure until it’s actually released.

    Also Gossip, this is what will encourage further development of Firefox, because competition only leaves room for improvement and further advancement. To Mozilla, they only see this as a chance to better their service and to beat out Google.

  6. Big Ben Patton

    One thing Google learned early is to not play around, go for the jugular and finish the job fast. This could very well be the fatality for Microsoft if this pans out to be as big as everything else that google has done to date.

    Only Time Will Tell…

  7. Goran Website

    A google browser, hmmm… Well I have a good feeling about this, Google most definitely delivers excellently in everything they produce. I think this browser will have several tricks up it’s sleeves that will surprise us all and push the benchmark of browsers. Let’s wait and see…

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  12. Susan

    I love google. I do. But I hate that mac versions are always ‘to follow’. I accept reality that Windows dominates, but really – why not work on both and release BOTH” at the same time :(

  13. Minnesota Attorney

    Chrome looks like it will have some great security measures in place (sandbox isolation of processes). It’s user interface could be an improvement too (but Firefox is already so easy and intuitive). I can’t wait to try it out.

  14. David

    This is awesome but will it render as beautifully as Safari? Yippppeeee…. just one more web browser for web designers to design for, how fun for them.

    Google usually simplifies a process so I am excited to see how this idea turns out.

  15. cheap used cars

    just downloaded and installed it, definitely very slick. one of the best features is the ‘most visited’ home screen, but I am one of those paranoid guys that deletes all browser data every time I close it so not very relevant for me. :-P

  16. Craig

    Installed pretty quickly, looks great and first thoughts so far is that it’s pretty good. I really like the “Inspect Element” freature when you right click on the page, it’s handy when you are debugging and need to do find something in a huge page.

    1. Acrucia

      Yeah i’m really quite impressed with alot of the features, i’m not sure if there available on other browsers but here are just a few that i like:

      Incognito mode (basically stealth mode, i know ie8 now has it this).
      Taskbar manager with the nerd mode (memory break down including other running browsers).
      Most visited sites page.
      Create application shortcuts (create desktop, quick launch)

      I’ve got to say, for a new release it seems to offer some very nice features, that i’ve personally not found in other browsers, i’ve not looked, so they may be in there somewhere.

      I can’t wait till more developers start getting their into it. Go google! :)

    2. Steve

      Agreed. Very slick for a first release. I’m impressed with the speed most of all. Page loads seem to be much better w/ this vs. opera or ff. As far as I’ve seen, it hasn’t broken any of my sites. Woohoo! it’s at least moderately standards compliant.

    1. Acrucia

      Firefox imo is getting too bloated :( I did a test running the three browsers and the same msn.com webpage:

      Chrome 0.2.149.27 56,020k
      IE 7.00.6000.16386 93,644k
      Firefox 3.0.1 70,428k

      I’ve not got around to upgrading to IE8 as you can see.

  17. LetUsReviewIt

    I am going to stick to firefox for now. I just don’t feel like changing up browsers on release because I have bad memories switching over to Vista so quickly.

  18. Nicholas Chase

    Jeremy, just drove down to LA to meet with Warner Brothers. (my ‘real job’ is video systems engineering, an senior techical project management), that is until I hit a home run on that skin care campaign…

    Saw your post once I got net-connected. Did you know that Google just broke The Firefox SEO ranking capabilities? In fact none of my ranking tools are working for Google. Evidently, Google wants it’s social networking plans to include not only your YouTube habits, but also they want to target ads based on the social sites you visit… hmmm another pre-Christmas Google-slap to the Affiliates out there?
    “It seems like Google implemented a feature (which is transparent to searchers) but really messes up tools that are used to check your rankings in Google.

    From the forums in cyberspace…

    “WebPosition Gold, as well as other ranking report tools (scraper based tools – including the SEO Firefox plugin) have been impacted.
    “Some are predicting the end of reporting on Google rankings is near!”

    Google does not want us to know HOW their social features affect search rankings.
    Why? Because they WILL be the basis for their new search algorithms.
    Google is already integrating your Google profile with local search.
    Google is already integrating YouTube with your Google profile.
    We already know that Google has integrated your Google Reader, Gmail, a Friends list and your profile.
    Google will know everything about us, what we like and be able to deliver bullseye advertising everytime.
    What is in this for you and me?
    The greatest viral marketing engine on the planet and just by using it you will build advantage on your competition.

    Respectfully, Nicholas

  19. youfoundjake

    Downloaded it, installed it. pretty slick, nice and quick, really clean..
    user agent is Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.2.149.27 Safari/525.13

  20. Nick Sullivan

    I’m using Chrome as we speak. It’s already better than FF. It’s quicker, smoother, everything seems to load fluid… great browser. Also, the simplicity and look I think will be it’s biggest asset, like Google’s search engine; the look of simplicity allows them to dominate I think, people like simplicity. This browser is class.

  21. patrick

    i’m willing to try it out just to see if it works more efficiently than FireFox… if it’s faster than Firefox and isn’t IE, then i’ll use it

  22. Nicholas Chase

    Jeremy, Chrome looks like a great way to extend the indexing of web surfers / users like Google Desktop did.

    Now they will integrate data from YouTube videos and what you are watching, with GMail, and Chrome will tie Google’s social maketing statistics to serve the user with ‘relevant ads’. A freaking ‘VIRAL-Marketing’ home run for Google, and you? Respectfully, Nicholas

  23. Wendy

    I have been playing around with a browser called Flock (flock.com). It is supposed to make it easier to add things to your blog if you find something interesting on a site you want to include. I would be interested in other people’s opinions on this browser and if it is really useful or not.

    It seems that many browsers are created equal as far as what they can do but for some reason I have a problem with IE just closing itself without warning and it is based on some plug-in that is installed. I read that Flash is giving more browsers problems these days.

    Maybe the Google browser will solve this?

  24. Online Dividends

    Google of the early 2000′s is much like Microsoft in the 1990′s getting a complete monopoly in the internet market. I wonder which company will be the leading internet tech player of the 2010′s..

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  27. jack

    it will be awhile before google chrome can take over , personally I use both firefox and IE , IE is for everyday browsing it’s just much more efficient and works a lot faster in my computer than firefox.. I use firefox and I like it mainly because of the add-ons.

  28. Atlanta wedding photographer

    i really like chrome…the problem….it still doesn’t work for mac. the other commenter was right that windows still dominates but google has the resources to put teams on this thing. well, it seems that that way. Luckly i have parallels. But since Google is trying to be innovative why not start with mac first? if it is a difficulty issue then once the mac version is available then the pc side will come through pretty quickly.

  29. Chris Johnson

    Looks like everone has an opinion on their favourite browser however bear in mind IE 6/7/8 + firefox are enough headaches for webdesigners to deal with let alone Chrome – Google might be a bit late convicing designers to do even more work – chris – web design cheltenham

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