6 Things About Google Chrome 5 Beta

Google launched its latest [Chrome 5 Beta via a blog post yesterday](http://chrome.blogspot.com/2010/05/pedal-to-chrome-metal-our-fastest-beta.html). The new browser is touted to have 30% speed improvement for its V8 JavaScript engine. Here are the six things about the new Google Chrome 5 beta:

1. Speed improvement. The Google developed V8 JavaScript engine has 30% and 35% improvement on V8 and SunSpider benchmarks respectively. Google has been “tuning, testing, and polishing the V8 engine to give Chrome a hefty boost in speed.”

2. On top of bookmarks sync to Google Docs, you can now sync your browser preferences including themes, homepage and startup settings.

3. You now use and install Chrome extensions in incognito mode (private browsing).

4. New HTML5 features: geolocation APIs, App Cache, web sockets and file drag-and-drop.

5. Integration with Adobe Flash Player plug-in, including auto updates for Flash Player with Chrome’s build in auto-update mechanism.

6. As with a number of Google products, Google Chrome seems to be always released with a beta label. And the version number is increasing at a comparatively fast rate compared with the other browser. The version is now more than Firefox’s 3.x and Safari’s 4.x, and we will not be surprised if Google Chrome 9 is released before Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9.0.

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