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Google Chrome 2.0 takes on IE8 and Firefox 3

Google web browser gets speed and stability boost

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Google has released an update for its Chrome web browser claiming improved speed and stability. 

The updated browser, dubbed Google Chrome 2.0, has been released almost eight months after the original launch of Google Chrome, when Which? gave Chrome a first look review.

According to the Google Chrome blog, the updated browser adds some of the features most requested by users. These include an improved ‘New tab’ page that enables users to remove thumbnail previews from their ‘Most visited’ section. 

A new ‘Full screen’ mode hides the Chrome window title bar and the browser toolbars and expands the web content to fit the full size of your monitor. And to make form-filling easier, an autofill function suggests information you may want to enter into fields of a form, based on information you’ve entered on previous occasions.

The speed claims for Google Chrome 2.0 reflect changes to the code, as Chrome now includes a new version of WebKit and an updated V8 JavaScript engine. According to Google, what this means in real web browsing terms, is that ‘interactive web pages will run even faster… even when you have lots of tabs open.’

Mac users will still be disappointed however and have to remain with Opera, Safari or Firefox, as Google Chrome is not yet available for Mac OS X, and is currently only compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Vista.

Google Chrome integrates with GMail, Google Docs and YouTube

Which? tech expert Al Warman said: ‘Since Chrome launched it’s fair to say that it hasn’t set the browser world alight or significantly dented the dominance of Internet Explorer or Firefox.

‘But if you’re looking for a simple, fast alternative browser, well-integrated with Google products such as Gmail, Google Docs and YouTube then the latest version of Chrome is certainly worth a try.’

Which? has advice on the best ways to use Google’s tools, including Google Street View, Google Sites and Google Maps.

Google Chrome 2.0 is available as a free download from google.co.uk/chrome, or if you’re already using a previous version of Chrome, your web browser should be automatically updated if your update settings allow this. 

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