The company has stressed that Chrome 2, which it announced on Thursday, is not a major release with a host of updates. It is named '2' mainly as a metric to help Google keep track of changes internally, it said. Chrome 2 does, however, include some new features and a speed boost.
Chrome, like rival browser Opera, displays a panel of most-visited site thumbnails on each newly opened tab. One feature of Chrome 2 is the ability to remove certain of those thumbnails, if the user does not want particular ones to be displayed.
Another new feature is a full-screen mode, which entails hitting F11 to maximize a video or presentation by hiding the title bar and the rest of the browser window. Chrome 2 also introduces form autofill to the browser for the first time.
The new release, build 188.8.131.52, is the final version of a beta that was given to testers in March.
This article was originally posted on ZDNet UK.