Google polishes another Chrome beta

Still no sign of Mac OS X version, though


Google has added support for HTML 5 video in its latest beta for the Windows-only Chrome browser it first released last autumn.

Mountain View has also loaded a slew of tweaks into Chrome 3.0.195.4, including a redesigned new tab page and an overhauled Omnibox for searching and inputting internet addresses.

Many of the features found in the latest beta were tested extensively by developers who had been handed a preview of this iteration of the browser.

Google has also added a few more themes to Chrome that allow users to customise their browser with colours, patterns and images.

The company also made a song and dance about the browser's credentials to load faster-than-a-speeding-bullet. Well, not quite...

"As always, we continue to focus on speed, and this beta release shows over 30 per cent improvement on both the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over our current stable channel release," claimed Google's software engineer Glen Murphy.

However, Google Chrome for the Mac OS X remains missing in action. Currently, it only supports Microsoft Windows XP and Vista.

An early developer test version of the browser created for Apple's platform can be downloaded here. ®

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