Liveblogging the Google Chrome announcement

Liveblogging the Google Chrome announcement

Summary: I'm tuned in to the webcast press briefing and demo of Google Chrome and will live blog any interesting points from the briefing here.

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I'm tuned in to the webcast press briefing and demo of Google Chrome and will live blog any interesting points from the briefing here.

Note: All times PDT.

  • 11:08 - Google Chrome will go live 10:00 PDT.
  • 11.09 - Sundar Pichai, VP Product Management on stage
  • 11:11 - "We believe that browsers should evolve more ..."
  • 11:12 - Google Chrome influenced by Google Search ... keeping things simple
  • 11:12 - This is Google Chrome ...

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  • 11:14 - 70% of browsing is going back to things you've seen before ...
  • 11:15 - Chrome uses WebKit so Google has not added another rendering engine to the world, so keeping things simple for developers
  • 11:16 - Chrome is multi process to isolate tabs, increasing robustness, makes the browser faster and enhances security

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  • 11:18 - Emphasis that Chrome has been developed from scratch
  • 11:19 - Talking about V8 JavaScript engine - faster so will encourage new innovation

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  • 11:19 - Chrome will initially be for XP and Vista, Mac and Linux to follow
  • 11:20 - Will launch today in 100 languages
  • 11:21 - Better web better for Google
  • 11:21 - Announcing Chromium developer docs
  • 11:22 - Next up on stage, Ben Goodger, UI (formerly from Mozilla)
  • 11:23 - Tabs are titles for windows
  • 11:23 - Tabs are draggable and movable

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  • 11:24 - Where's the serch box? there isn't one! Address bar doubles as a search box, elminating confusion - Omnibox
  • 11:26 - "It's a little bit psychic"
  • 11:27 - Very similar to the Firefox Awesome bar except that the address bar is pre-filled
  • 11:28 - Chrome detects search boxes so that you can search other sites directly through the Omnibox - no setup required.
  • 11:28 - The Omnibox seems like a really cool, flexible feature
  • 11:30 - Tab Page ... seems a lot like Speed Dial on Opera ... reinvents bookmarks
  • 11:31 - Tab page is default page
  • 11:31 - Introducing Incognito mode ... eliminates the need to clear history and thus revert tab Page to default

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  • 11:33 - Incognito designed to keep information off your PC
  • 11:34 - Chrome makes handling downloads easier
  • 11:34 - Downloads seem a lot simpler - no having to click on OK, no having to worry where the files go ... seems quick and simple
  • 11:36 - Web apps break free of the browser, removes unnecessary chrome ... web apps look and feel like desktop applications
  • 11:36 - Next up, Daren Fisher, Tech Lead
  • 11:38 - Web pages and web apps shouldn't be able to affect one another - many benefits - stability, performance (especially for multi-core CPUs), and security
  • 11:40 - All rendering engine privileges taken away - bad guys have to find a bug in the rendering engine and get out of the sandbox
  • 11:41 - Process listing - showing memory, CPU, network usage ... handy
  • 11:41 - Plugins run in a separate process - prevents misbehaving plugins
  • 11:43 - Simulating a hang demo ... you can still switch tabs during a hang or close a tab ... ending a process shows the "Sad Tab" ... also easy to recover ... even scroll position is saved!
  • 11:45 - A crashed plugin can be recovered jsut by refreshing ... neat
  • 11:45 - Performance
  • 11:46 - Speed demo - WebKit about 3x faster than IE on static pages
  • 11:47 - Chrome is live - http://www.google.com/chrome
  • 11:48 - Now onto V8 ...
  • 11:48 - I have Chrome running!
  • 11:50 - JavaScript compiler, not interpreter
  • 11:50 - Efficient memory management
  • 11:51 - Here's Chrome running under Vista ...

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  • 11:53 - V8 increases the performance bar
  • 11:55 - Chrome has no tie-in to Google services - if you used another search provider this is transferred over when you install Chrome
  • 11:56 - Larry Page on stage ... been using Chrome for some time, on older hardware
  • 11:58 - Discussing benefits of open source ... how Mozilla could choose to make use of, say V8
  • 12:00 - Q&A ...
  • 12:03 - V8 will be ported to ARM and Intel CPUs and to a variety of OSes.

I'm now going to end live blogging and go to play with Chrome ...

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  • The Chrome Effect

    If three-quarters of people are using IE, no wonder so
    many people are so exciting. It's about time someone
    re-hauled the browser dinosaur. This <a
    href="http://www.atelier-us.com/e-business-and-
    it/article/googles-new-browser-chrome-revitalizes-
    browser-war">interesting article</a> talks about the
    effect on Windows and Microsoft.
    sarahoneill
  • Google can take over the world...that is what I say

    I have not pounded it with all the web apps possible
    yet...but it just keeps humming along.
    Javaello