It’s been a year and a half since the release of the first version of the Google chrome. It has come a long way since its release and has almost all the features of other established browsers. Google will now shortly release the Chrome 5 which is expected to give the other browsers a run for their money.
Chrome 5 is presently available in beta for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The Chrome releases are called “milestones ephemeral waypoints along a long journey to being the best browser around.
Here’s a short insight into, what will be the all new Google Chrome 5.
Chrome will now support Geolocation, which is one of the very few settled elements of HTML5. This feature basically informs a Web site of the user’s location only when the user consents to give the information. This feature is useful for finding nearby services or contacts, varying the content of a website or only telling a global Web site what the best server would be for the user.
Obtaining the geographic location of a user is a complicated affair. It is broadly judged by the user’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, but Google adds to this basic data with radio signals from wireless networks and mobile phone networks and also sometimes by the help of GPS on the phones with GPS.
These days it is not uncommon to see people using many browsers which could be on more than one computer and on mobile phones. To help create a smoother experience, Chrome 5 now gets broader synchronization abilities beyond the measly bookmark sync that came with Chrome 4. Expected to come bundled with Chrome 5 are syncing abilities for themes, entries, passwords and a specially designed autofill feature.
This feature is of special significance to those who hate filling out forms, Chrome 5 gets an autofill feature that remembers names, addresses, phone numbers, and other personal details that are often typed over and over again.
Google is also expected to add feature that no other browser till date has tried, built-in Flash Player. Specifically, Chrome has incorporated the next beta version of Flash Player, 10.1, which is due to be completed this quarter. And apparently, it’s not just Flash. PDF support also is arriving as an internal plug-in that ships with the browser.
Chrome also supports WebGL. WebGL is the feature that helps create, low-level, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics from a Web application, a feature that is expected to lead to elaborate interfaces and better online gaming graphics. However, this does not mean that we can now play first-person shooters online.
To sum it up Chrome 5 will be a welcome update for the existing user base. But it still has a long way to go before it can actually challenge the likes of Safari and Firefox.