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Google update makes Chrome browser stronger and faster

by Steven Mostyn - Feb 9 2012, 22:10

On the up. Image: Google.

If you’re not already a Chrome user, perhaps now is the time to dump your current browser of choice and run Google’s speedy and streamlined platform through its (really quite impressive) paces.

Moreover, the official Chrome Blog has this week confirmed the release of the latest stable version of Chrome, which brings with it enhanced performance and security tweaks designed to improve the overall browsing experience.

According to Chrome software engineer Noe Lutz, the new iteration pre-renders target pages based on predictive URL completion and Web habits, which causes Chrome to display pages much faster—“sometimes even instantly”—as soon as the user presses Enter. 

Beyond the benefit of even quicker page loads, Chrome’s security features have also been improved to provide an extra level of valuable protection against malicious downloads.

“In addition to checking a list of known bad files, Chrome also does checks on executable files [i.e., .exe and .msi],” outlined Lutz in his blog post.

“If the executable doesn’t match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you’re accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads,” he added.

Also seeking to push the capabilities of the Chrome OS (operating system), Google has said updates released “in the near future” will further simplify the Chromebook experience thanks to a new image editor and an improved Verizon 3G activation portal.

In related news, Google yesterday announced the availability of its ‘Chrome for Android’ software app, which finally brings the increasingly popular browser to smartphone and tablet devices powered by the Android operating system (currently only those running v4.0).

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