Google has recently announced the official release of its Chrome 5 versions for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. This has happened less than a month after the new version was made available through the beta channel and it reflects Google’s commitment for advanced Web technology and better performance, as well as the rapid rhythm of evolution of the product.
The cloud synchronization framework of the browser has been enhanced and browser preferences & themes are now supported in addition to bookmarks. Flash plug-in is included by default as a result of a recent partnership between Google and Adobe.
The new release represents a significant milestone for the browser and is the first official stable Chrome release for Linux and Mac. Chrome was previously distributed for those platforms only in beta and developer builds.
According to a statement on the official blog of Google, the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome were worked out to remove bugs and build new features, in order to catch up with the Windows version.
The first version of Chrome was launched in 2008 and was available for a single operating system – Windows. Versions for Linux and Mac were made available only in 2009, but they quickly reached parity with the first release.
Building Chrome for Linux was a real challenge, but developers succeeded in their difficult task to deliver a product with a complete feature set. Nowadays, Chrome development seems to be at par on all three major operating systems and cross-platform releases for the following versions are highly expected.
Chrome and its open source variant, Chromium, are very popular on Linux and Mac OS X. Well-known Linux websites like OMG! Ubuntu presents statistics where Chrome and Chromium are detaining almost 40 percent of the market share among Linux fans.
Chrome was quite a hot topic at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, early in May. The Ubuntu developer community decided to have Chromium as the default browser when the next major version of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition is released. The excellent performance and a highly responsive user interface recommend it to be a very good choice for net books. However, it would not replace Fire fox as the default browser when it comes to the conventional desktop version of Ubuntu.
Google also intends to use Chrome as the kernel of its own mobile operating system based on Linux. This one is potentially scheduled to start appearing and equip devices sometime later this year. The idea of having a browser-centric Chrome operating system may have seemed difficult to achieve when it was announced last year, but now it is appearing to be more & more attractive, and feasible! What the future holds for Google’s Chrome-is yet to be seen!