Firefox Watch Out! Chrome Gets Extension

Google’s Chrome has been in existence for quite some time now. While the browser was quick to move out of beta, you might be interested to know that Chrome has three release channels targeted at different segments. The stable release of the browser (currently at V 1.0.154.65), a beta release version and the Developer Preview Channel.

It is the developer channel that gets all the new features first (for obvious reasons) and provides developers a testing ground to check instability, bugs and other issues. These versions are not intended for “normal” users as it is highly unstable to work with. However, most of us are interested in this version just because of the fact that this is where almost all the upcoming features of the browser can be seen, way before they ever each the stable version.

So, in a recent update the Developer Release of the browser has graduated to version 2.0.180.0 with a much “look forwarded to” extensions support. Chrome’s competition Mozilla Firefox thrives on its comprehensive extensions support and has only due to this option that it has managed to become the second-most widely used browser on the planet. Although there is a long way for Chrome to reach the sophistication levels of Firefox’s extensions, this is a good start nevertheless. There are some sample Chrome extensions samples already available on the developer channel. Continue reading

Chrome extensions draw near, but advanced HTML 5 features recede

A new developer version of Chrome takes some significant strides to adding the top-requested feature–the ability to accommodate extensions that customize what Google’s browser can do–but programmers also pushed back support for a collection of significant advanced Web features.

Google Chrome 2.0.180.0 emerged Tuesday night for people willing to try the developer preview version. The new version installs some of the plumbing necessary to support the feature, according to the release notes.

A lightweight sample Chrome extension shows how many Gmail messages you have.

“The extensions posse would like to point out that as of today’s dev channel release, extensions are starting to be a bit more useful. We can now put little bits of UI (user interface) in the chrome of Chrome, and some of the APIs (application programming interfaces) are starting to come together,” said Google programmer Aaron Boodman in a mailing list post Tuesday. “There is still quite a ways to go, but if you’re interested in building extensions for Chrome, this might be a good time to start taking a look.”

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Google fakes out Hotmail for Chrome support

Google has added a patch to its latest beta and stable versions of Chrome to make the browser work better with Microsoft’s Hotmail site.

With the patch, Chrome tells Microsoft’s site it’s actually Apple’s Safari browser, sidestepping a compatibility issue that had caused problems using the site.

“While the Hotmail team works on a proper fix, we’re deploying a workaround that changes the user agent string that Google Chrome sends when requesting URLs that end with mail.live.com,” Chrome Product Manager Mark Larson said in a blog announcement. It also fixes a problem sending mail from Yahoo Mail, he said.

The patch is in Chrome 1.0.154.46, which also fixes a severe security problem.

Matt Cutts, Google’s chief Web spam fighter and a high-profile company blogger, was less delicate about the Hotmail issue. “Normally you think of Web pages being faster to update than client-side software downloads. In this case though, Chrome updates near-weekly, much faster than Hotmail did. Another illustration that velocity and speed of iteration matter,” he said in an online comment about the matter. Continue reading

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released.

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released.
You will automatically get updated in the next few days. You can open About Google Chrome (from the wrench menu) to get the update at any time.

This release fixes the top issues we’ve heard about from people using the Beta release, especially with plugins (the programs that show video on sites like YouTube).

This is a roll up of fixes that have previously been released to our Dev channel users. See http://dev.chromium.org/getting-involved/dev-channel/release-notes for details on the changes that have been made since 0.2.149.30.
Security Update
  • This release fixes an issue with address spoofing in pop-ups. A site could convince a user to click a link to open a pop-up window. The window’s address bar could be manipulated to show a different address than the actual origin of the content.
    Security rating: Medium. This flaw could be used to mislead people about the origin of a web site in order to get them to divulge  sensitive information.
    Disclosed by: Liu Die Yu of the TopsecTianRongXin research lab. Continue reading