Chrome for Mac coming any day (or hour) now

The first official public beta of Google's Chrome browser for the Mac should be out any minute now. What's to like?
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http://amarok.kde.org/blog/uploads/chromium-logo.pngTechCrunch reports that sometime in the past few hours, the Mac Detailed Status page on the Chromium's Web site has been changed to the “Mac OS X Roadmap.”

The change is because Google's Chrome for Mac team has squashed the last of the blocker bugs that were holding up the beta release.

Google shows it hand and (accidentally?) pre-announces The Mac version on the Roadmap page by saying “Now that we have an initial beta release under our belts.” Whoops!

However, the official Google Chrome page still only offers the opportunity to "sign up" for news about the Mac beta, stating that Chrome is currently available for Windows XP, Vista, and 7. So no official announcement yet, but it's expected to be unveiled any day now, possibly even today.

If you're impatient, the current nightly build of Chromium for Mac (33770) works pretty well. It plays Flash, syncs your bookmarks with Google docs and scores 100/100 on the Acid 3 browser test.

Pictured above are Chromium's Incognito mode and themed browsing. It remains to be seen if build 33770 will become the first official Mac beta.

Geez. Any pent up anticipation for this thing?

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