Google Chrome – Test Driving The New Browser

Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser

The news is all over the place, even on CNN as I was watching the news last night but I was tired and couldn’t be bothered to try it out.

This morning, as I was doing my usual routine of whipping asses at my regular forum hangout, someone provided the link to Chrome so I decided why not I keep my whip and give Chrome a try. πŸ™‚ Normally I don’t review browsers but I think Google Chrome is worth highlighting.

Last year I wrote the article …..

Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser

So as you can see, I like browsers that interpret browsers based on web-standards and Internet Explorer is not one of them. I have no idea whether Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or whatever new version would cut the cake but I lost of hope in them.

For Chrome, I’m not going to expect much from it since it’s new and frankly I think they (Google……. with all the moolah they have!) did quite a good job.

How’s the new browser?

Installation was a breeze, there’s a small file for you to download to initialize setup. The file is around 500Kb in size, upon running it, the installer will then download more files from Google. The installation was very fast, I didn’t time it but it felt like less than 5 minutes on DSL connection.

Here’s how the browser screen look like (look!, there’s Maya Karin! πŸ˜€ ) Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser

It’s clean, it has quite a huge area for viewing. And it also comes with a default home page that showcases a host of thumbnails of what you browsed……… WHAT?!??!

Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser

Yes, it does that. While Google thinks it’s a good idea, it won’t be a good idea for anyone who wants privacy – no naughty browsing for you!!

Google Chrome - New Browser Released So if your computer is accessible by others, then you better take note of this. πŸ™‚ Sure, even on other browsers, any busybody would be able to browse the HISTORY to have an idea where you’ve been but how many would know what Secret Sally is? They’ll have to load one-by-one, to see if you’re browsing any naughty stuff.

On Google Chrome – it’s all handed over on a silver platter! With thumbnailed screenshots too! As if that’s not bad enough, there’s a pane that shows your recently closed tabs. πŸ˜€ I tried looking into the options to disabled these reports but it’s not there. So too bad, you can’t tell it not to do those tracking.

Oh and here’s the thing, you can’t clear a particular entry in History either. Unlike Firefox where you could browse the HISTORY list and delete entries individually, the only Option I found for Chrome is to delete the history for the entire day. πŸ™

Ok well, there is the INCOGNITO mode though πŸ˜› So yeah you can surf porn actually.

You’ve gone incognito. Pages you view in this window won’t appear in your browser history or search history, and they won’t leave other traces, like cookies, on your computer after you close the incognito window. Any files you download or bookmarks you create will be preserved, however.

Going incognito doesn’t affect the behavior of other people, servers, or software. Be wary of:

  • Websites that collect or share information about you
  • Internet service providers or employers that track the pages you visit
  • Malicious software that tracks your keystrokes in exchange for free smileys
  • Surveillance by secret agents
  • People standing behind you

Just an additional step if you want privacy.

Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser Another thing I didn’t like was that I can’t use the middle mouse button for more controlled scrolling. I have no idea why Google left this out, is it like the new generation of Internet users don’t use middle mouse button for scrolling anymore?

And where’s the HOME button? I hate it when there’s no HOME button. πŸ™ You can enable it from the OPTIONS but is it necessary? It’s like everyone else in the world have been using browsers with HOME button on toolbar then suddenly see it missing. Not everyone knows how to meddle with settings, most users would prefer just to install and use.

One thing that kinda irritates me is that if you close the final single remaining tab, the browser will close itself. Arrgghh annoying. It’s not like Firefox when tabs will disappear from the browser when there’s only 1 site left on the browser.

To make it more clear, tabs don’t appear on Firefox until you initiate it to open a new tab. In Chrome, the tab is immediately visible and by closing this single tab it’ll close the entire browser as well instead of like returning you to the main / default page or something.

Web Standards Test

Acid2 is a test page for web browsers published by The Web Standards Project (WaSP). It has been written to help browser vendors make sure their products correctly support features that web designers would like to use. These features are part of existing standards but havenÒ€ℒt been interoperably supported by major browsers. Acid2 tries to change this by challenging browsers to render Acid2 correctly before shipping.

Acid2: The Guided Tour

Google Chrome passed the ACID2 test…….
Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser
Let your browser take the ACID2 test.

But failed the ACID3 test…….. Well this is a new test anyway, even Firefox 3 and many others fail it.
Google Chrome - Test Driving The New Browser
Let your browser take the ACID3 test.

The ACID3 part is just for additional information. πŸ™‚ Take note that ACID2 focuses on CSS while ACID3 focuses on other newer technologies as highlighted in the Wiki source below and also the ACID3 site.

Acid3 is a test page from the Web Standards Project that checks how well a web browser follows certain web standards, especially relating to the DOM and JavaScript.

It was in development from April 2007,[1] and released on 3 March 2008.[2] The main developer was Ian Hickson, who also wrote the Acid2 test. Acid2 focused primarily on Cascading Style Sheets, but this third Acid test focuses also on technologies used on modern, highly interactive websites characteristic of Web 2.0, such as ECMAScript and DOM Level 2. A few tests also concern Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), XML and data: URIs. It includes several elements from W3C CSS3 working drafts that have not made it to candidate recommendations yet.

Source | ACID3 official page

Google Adsense and Firefox

I had a thought while writing this, as a Google Adsense user, I remember that Google had a Referral program that introduces Firefox. For each Firefox download through referrals, you get some referral fee out of it.

So I thought, wouldn’t Chrome be conflicting with the referral program? I did a check and here’s what I found out…..

What happened to referrals?

During the last week of August, the AdSense referrals feature will be retired for both AdWords advertiser products and Google products. After careful consideration, we believe that we can best serve our advertisers and publishers through two alternative offerings, AdSense for content and DoubleClick Performics Affiliate.


Can I still refer Google products?

We are currently reevaluating the Google Referrals program to ensure that it is providing the best possible monetization opportunity for our publishers as well as meeting the needs of Google. At this time, we have suspended the Google Referrals program.


πŸ˜€ On the other hand, while Google abandoned the Referral program, they’re now introducing DOUBLECLICK PERFORMICS. Feel free to check them out.

Parting Thoughts

It’s lightweight and easy to use. It’s definitely faster than Firefox, I find that it seems to load pages fast too.

Will I use it? No. Being lightweight as it is, it’s not as useful to me as Firefox 3 is but if you want something light and don’t have any Firefox extensions to use – Chrome is great!

For those of you who would like to download Chrome, here it is.

For those of you who are using it, or at least tried it out – what are your thoughts? Perhaps you discovered things that I’ve yet discover, please do share. I’m sure many would like to know more about this new browser in the market.

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  1. Try acid3 on is worse than Firefox3

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    Doesn’t matter la. As long as fail is fail already. πŸ˜€

  3. hehehe…its a nice browser with alot of bug..biasa la …beta :p

    neway, facebook dun really like it…maybe the java problem that i heard alot with chrome ..dunno la..i noob !

  4. Been using it for a few days and love it! Before that i was using opera. Damn another small step by Google to take over the world!! XD

  5. i believe i am a clean-and-simple-application supporter, like it very much.
    i need a browser only to browse the net.
    but, it can’t back up my bookmarks! ish…

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    So far I like it too. I just miss the middle mouse button and some Firefox extensions. Firefox is still my main development browser where the tools are there.

  7. I still think firefox is better.Firefox is more useful.
    The problem with chrome is well history problem you mention and it clear cookie itself when clear history.
    But it seem to load page faster through.Backup browser for me and firefox is still my main browser.

  8. hm, discover the new browser is convenient to use also!
    but i dont switch to it completely, just use firefox+chrome…
    Later i will write a review on it also… maybe after my exam!

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    @)OC4/3 – yeah, backup browser – unfortunately there’s no MAC version so my backup is Safari. πŸ˜€ Page loads fast on Chrome, I use it when a lot during the site downtime. πŸ™‚ It resolves sites IP (from DNS) differently from Firefox, which is rather helpful.

    @joshuatly – Yes, I doubt many of us will switch completely. It’s still new but definitely it’s not a bad product. I like it for its light weight nature. And good luck to you in your exam.

  10. I try chorme too, when it shown all over google’s main search page.
    last week ago.
    i tried it, it works vrey FAST. but i don’t like it.

    So i uninstalled it. Wasn’t used to the… BIG huge features thingy.

    BUT I REALLY LIKE , that is fast.. the only ting I like about it was that.

  11. I like it because it’s clean and “light-weight.” But of course, I miss all the extensions that come with FireFox πŸ˜€

  12. really fast for surfing, other than that, better wait for full version release…

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    @pelf – wahh long time no see you la. how are you doing? Yes, i miss the FF extensions if i go Chrome.

    @albuah – we’ll see what Google has up their sleeves and pants. they got the funds!

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    Safari has been great so far. I’m not sure about Avant, as far as i know it’s based on IE.

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