Innovation today occupies a prominent position in the growth strategies employed by lot of companies. Innovation and innovative approach have made Google what Google is today. Google’s most successful products and services have scored over their rivals with their innovative approach. Built on an open source platform Google Chrome, the new browser from Google to be launched soon in over 100 countries, packages a lot of features required for a browser in an innovative way.
Update: Google Chrome has been released. Download Google Chrome here.
Using components from Apple’s Webkit and Mozilla’s Firefox the new browser from Google could give a new twist to the browser war, change the way browsers are built and used.
So how different is Google Chrome? The most interesting and innovative aspect is the way the browser treats the tabs. Unlike other browsers, Google Chrome will create independent processes for each website or tab opened in a browser. This will allow users and the browser itself to control the tabs more efficiently for reducing the memory requirements and also ensure that the browser is more stable. Similar to a task manager found on most Windows Operating Systems, Chrome will allow users to close a tab without affecting the other tabs and importantly prevent the browser from crashing—a very important aspect for browsers.
Google Chrome essentially will be an interface that will allow users to view websites or tabs opened in a browser as independent applications that are independent of each other and come with their own controls, customisations, settings and features.
In short Google Chrome will be a collection of browsers in a browser. No matter what happens to Google Chrome, the approach certainly is commendable. The open source browser will allow developers to add more features and improve it further.
A list of the few important features and innovations in Google Chrome.
Improved Stability – A very important aspect for any browser. Google Chrome will try to improve the stability of the browser by making the tabs and resources used by the browser independent of each other.
Efficient Memory Use – Will reduce and make efficient use of memory needed to run the browser and all the tabs opened within. Chrome uses Webkit to optimise the memory usage.
Manage Tabs and Plug-ins – Will allow the users to monitor and control the resources (importantly the memory) occupied by tabs and plug-ins in the browser.
Security – Provides a privacy mode and protection from phishing and malware.
Lightweight Application – Uses optimised code (Java Virtual Machine and Gears) that make efficient use of memory.
UI Improvements – Provides tab specific controls and URL box and also a list of the most used / visited websites.
And for people who are anxious to see how the new browser looks like here a few Google Chrome screenshots. For more information on how Google Chrome works check the comic book.
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(All Images courtesy of Google Chrome)
Sounds interesting. I look forward to using it.
I can’t wait to use it, i am mac user, i need to wait long time 🙂
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I have chrome! (for 30min now) but I can’t get it to run Java apllets!
Thanks but I;ll wait for it to ‘stabilize’ before trying it out. (even the Beta, if one does come out soon!).
Factors such as extensability, usability, compatibility (with diff. sites i.e), portability, look & feel etc are prime necessities and remains to be seen how Google handles those in Chrome.
Oops! The above should be read as ‘May try the Beta’. Since that’s what I’m doing now 😛
Nice write-up BTW.
It will be interesting to see how other browsers react to this development. I am sure this innovation will seal the fate of IE. Nice write-up Santhosh.
@Lazybug: Do try it. The interface is really simple and easy on the eyes.
@Toma: You need not worry, Google is going to release a version for Mac and Linux soon.
@Jnaneshwara: Thank you.
@Arek: The Google Chrome team should be busy by now with the feedback.
@Chittaranjan: I am already using it, though haven’t tried it extensively on all the sites I usually visit. Currently using Chrome and love the interface and insight into the working of the browser.
@Sriniani: Thank you. As we had discussed earlier, you can create applications from chrome that will allow users to use Google’s products. For example: You can create an application shortcut for Gmail or Google Maps on your desktop from Chrome. Chrome will strip away all the browser interface and give you an application similar to any desktop application. This is a potential threat to Microsoft now. However, Google Chrome will need to include more features and functionalities into the browser.
It’s not yet available for Linux, so I’ll wait and see. Will try to install it at the workplace 😉
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There are a few more things that it doesn’t allow you. I was not able to change the order widgets on the right hand side.
hmmm..anyway, check out the terms and conditions of using google chrome: http://tapthehive.com/discuss/This_Post_Not_Made_In_Chrome_Google_s_EULA_Sucks
Update: It has changed the EULA now.
Maybe it sends the stuff we post to its servers…without our knowledge!!!
Google has removed the objectionable terms from Chrome’s EULA.
it will be interesting to see if Chrome can get as much market share as Firefox; for now they seem to have leveled off…