Google Chrome – Day 2

September 3rd, 2008 | by OsoMarron |

The first thing to remember is, this is still beta. That said, the browser seems decent. It holds true to Google’s pursuit of starting with minimalistic features and building up from there. The interface is clean and responds fast. Threw an acid2 test on it for the hell of it. Passed it fine (as any other nowadays browser worth mentioning). A few issues I’ve noticed would be the noticeable lack of an ad-blocking feature (much needed in today’s internet browsing), and the fact that the installer was not proxy-friendly. Not an issue for me at home, but at work I had to resort to an offline setup file (not provided by Google yet).

And from what I’ve read around, there’s already a new security bug for it (or rather an old bug that resurrected due to Google Chrome being based on an old version of WebKit. Nothing to worry about if you’re smart enough not to fall for silly social engineering tricks.

All in all, this is a good first step for Google into the browser world, but there’s still a long way to make it a viable alternative to Firefox, Opera, and that other browser that once hogged almost all the market. :P