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Chrome 24 Released, Chrome Beta Channel For Android Added 99

An anonymous reader writes "Google has released Chrome version 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can update to the latest release now using the browser's built-in silent updater, or download it directly from The biggest improvement on the user side of things is the speed increase. Google's own Octane JavaScript test shows that this is the fastest Chrome release yet. When the beta came out in November, the company was touting that Chrome had become 26 percent faster on Octane than it was last year. Now it's even faster. Google also announced it is introducing a new Chrome beta channel for phones and tablets running Android 4.0 or higher. You can download version 25.0.1364.8 right now directly from Google Play (since this is a beta, it's not available via search; you'll need to use the link). The release of version 25 is significant because it means Google is attempting to bring Chrome for Android in line with the desktop version. The current release of Chrome for Android is version 18, last updated in November."
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Chrome 24 Released, Chrome Beta Channel For Android Added

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  • by micheas ( 231635 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @01:36PM (#42559481) Homepage Journal
    I am posting with from:
    Google Chrome 25.0.1364.5 (Official Build 174090) dev
    OS Linux
    WebKit 537.22 (@138211)
    JavaScript V8
    With silent update the meaning of these announcements is that it is time to check Can I Use? [] to see if any more css3 elements are now in widespread use so you can use them in web development.
  • by Dunega ( 901960 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @01:59PM (#42559737)

    You don't. You can force the update. Otherwise it will update with it's next scheduled check.

  • by Big Jason ( 1556 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @02:22PM (#42559961)

    I will concur though that some kind of tab overview would be great. Didn't early versions of Chrome have that?

    Hit Shift-Esc to bring up the Chrome Task Manager. It will give you a summary of each tab's memory, cpu, and network consumption as well as the ability to kill individual tabs.

  • Re:Chrome's attitude (Score:3, Informative)

    by ThatsNotPudding ( 1045640 ) on Friday January 11, 2013 @02:42PM (#42560197)

    Chrome's functionality sounds great, but I do not like its attitude: it establishes numerous connections "on the side" talking back to Google central all the time, almost constantly transmitting all sorts of information: Google intercepts and highjacks most of the traffic when someone uses Chrome, that much is obvious.

    Use Chromium instead.

  • Re:Chrome's attitude (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 11, 2013 @03:06PM (#42560471)
    If you don't want Chrome phoning home, disable that functionality. If you go to the settings, there's a "privacy" section with 4 checkboxes (at least in my version of Chromium):

    • Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
    • Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
    • Predict network actions to improve page load performance
    • Enable phishing and malware protection

    Uncheck all of them and it should stop contacting Google except for automatic updates (not sure how disabling those works; Chromium doesn't have them as updates go through my package manager instead).

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