Monday, May 9, 2011

Chrome Beta Update

The Google Chrome team is happy to announce the release of Chrome 12 to the Beta Channel for all platforms.  Chrome 12.0.742.30 includes a number of new features and updates, including:

  • Hardware accelerated 3D CSS
  • New Safe Browsing protection against downloading malicious files
  • Ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Chrome
  • Launch Apps by name from the Omnibox
  • Integrated Sync into new settings pages
  • Improved screen reader support
  • New warning when hitting Command-Q on Mac
  • Removal of Google Gears
Find out more about Chrome 12 at the official Chrome Blog.  The full list of changes is available in the SVN revision log.  Interested in switching to the Beta channel?  Find out how.  If you find a new issue, please let us know by filing a bug.

Jason Kersey
Google Chrome

33 comments:

William said...

Legit! haha, thanks Chrome team, love new milestones!

Chris said...

what is a screen reader?

blahmoomoo said...

But... will Offline GMail be ported to use HTML5 in the future? I actually use it, even though it's a bit shaky right now.

Chris: As explained in the Chrome Blog, a screen reader is used to read the contents of a web page to a blind person via voice or braille.

jasonvaritekfan said...

Has this been added to a release?

http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=78261

I'm still seeing the bug in this release.

BTW, I'm glad to see that bookmarks w/out a favicon now have the Omnibox icon. Much better!

Charbel Nicolas said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Charbel Nicolas said...

Now everytime that chrome is not in focus and I open a new chrome window, chrome won't take focus back... window just starts minimized... this is one of the reasons why I went back to using beta from developer... This is not when using CTRL + N... this is opening a new window from the quick launch bar or the desktop icon

This bug needs to get fixed... If I open a new chrome window it should have focus right away and be ready to type a new URL...

Norbert said...

What the hell happend? Just let 12.0.742.30 install and qurouis as I am, gave html5test.com a go. I weas expecting that this vversion would score better than 11.x.x.x (293 points), but, WTF, it only scored 291
points.

Brett said...

Great update! Things to be working well. I still can't wait till Tab Sync is integrated in sync.

Kay S.T. said...

Failed to fetch http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/pool/main/g/google-chrome-beta/google-chrome-beta_11.0.696.65-r84435_i386.deb 404 Not Found

Philipp said...

Hi,
how can I activate the confirmation dialog when pressing CMD+Q on Mac?
The flag in about:flags is gone but I can not find the feature anywhere else.

Jason Kersey said...

You can find an entry in the application menu on the Mac for Chrome (Warn Before Quitting). Selecting it will trigger it on (or off).

Rob said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Rob said...

Removing Google Gears is not an upgrade! For me offline Gmail is a vital tool, which I use all day, every day.

I am switching to the stable version of Chrome now in order to avoid this "upgrade". When the stable version gets upgraded as well, I'll have to start using Firefox again. This is really sad.

The MAZZTer said...

@Norbert I'm getting 276. The makers of the test may be tweaking it.

database error... said...

ever since the last dev before this recent one
12.0.742.30 dev-m
my googlechrome eventually fails to check for updates in the about dialog box (windowsxp 32bit). i had to manually close whole googlechrome and fetch the dev-channel manual .exe installer from the googlechrome page and install the dev version of 12.0.742.16 i think, and then it upraded itself via the about dialogbox to the current dev: 12.0.742.30

right now the about dialogbox again fails with error 3, no update servers available. everything else is fine browsing surfing downloading. i am not using any proxy whatsoever.

what is wrong with googlechrome lately? its too buggy in fetching the updates via its builtin mechanism. this sucks :(

it was error 3 updateserver not available with the former 12. dev build as well.

what on googleearth is going on here? please look into this and fix. thanks.

Brinke said...

Got ERROR SEVEN DOWNLOAD FAILURE when initially updating.

Worked the second time.

How about the constant showckwave crashes, dudes.

Lanel said...

Seems as though this isn't for Mac: "Ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Chrome" :(..

Lanel said...

Bookmarks also have a new type of highlight on mouseover and animation when clicked on. :P

Brinke said...

@ Lanel:

They do?

Dhruva said...

Is it just me or Chrome is using at least a hundred megabytes less RAM?

Philipp said...

@Jason Kersey Thank you for the hint.
I think you should reconsider putting the Warn Before Quitting option in the application menu on Mac.
As a Mac user, this is the last place I would have looked for it, as I can not think of one other application that puts an item there that can be toggled.
I think a better place would be to put it into chrome://settings/browser Why don't you show a dialog that allows the user to choose to turn the feature on the first time he presses CMD+Q?

Sebastian said...

Please give us GMail Offline back!

Toff said...

For people wondering why Chrome 12 gets 2 less points than Chrome 11 in HTML5 test, this is because WebKit has removed support for the onformchange and onforminput events, following the change in HTML5 specification (http://html5.org/tools/web-apps-tracker?from=5927&to=5928).

mabuk said...

Hardware acceleration no longer works on youtube. Big Buck Bunny 1080p now maxes out my cpu and stutters. (ATI HD4650 (AGP))

Like others, I keep getting update server not available - error 3 with previous versions. I think it's due to googleupdate attempting to alter a file in Norton Internet Security 2011.
ACTOR: program files\google\update\googleupdate.exe
TARGET: program files\norton internet security\18.5.0.125\ccsvchst\.exe
ACTION: unauthorized access blocked (open process token)

XPservicepack3

database error... said...

mabuk: i dont have norton. i use avg free antivirus 2011. i havent had these error 3 and update errors in about dialogbox now for a long time. whats happening with googlechrome? is is way to bugged. :((((((

ara rezaee said...

for the love of god chenge the UI I am beging you!this so boring no colors no graphical icons or nice animations...

Will said...

Please, please don't push print preview/settings to the next release again.

f1297d4c-4102-11e0-9e59-000bcdcb8a73 said...

@Will: you can still activate Print Preview by typing about:flags in the address bar, then find the Print Preview feature, enable it and restart Chrome 12 beta.

I have to admit that Print Preview is nearly complete but not yet finalized (nor perfect) in Chrome 12 beta AND not even mentioned in this Chrome 12 beta blog. But at least Print Preview in Chrome 12 beta works to some extent, even though it's still experimental.

Jarrad said...

With this release, css skews are not anti-aliased any more...

Olivier said...

Complete downloads in the download tab seem "canceled" once you close and reopen Chrome. What the hell?

Tokes said...

Chrome always uses a cached version of javascript files now? even after a refresh of the site, this is very annoying when developing a website. having to clear cache every time is too time consuming.

snozwoz said...

when will we get print preview, the versions keep flying by and still no progress on this basic feature.

Without that we cant print company documents such as invoices, or delivery labels since it shows a URL and date in the header and footer.

This simple issue, is a big draw back for chrome. otherwise well done.

f1297d4c-4102-11e0-9e59-000bcdcb8a73 said...

@snozwoz: like I said in my previous comment with will, print preview in chrome 12 is there but you just have to enable it from the "Experiments" tab when you type "about:flags" in Chrome's address bar.

they just don't want to finish it in chrome 12 but print preview is nearly working in version 12.