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Google to release Chrome, browser based on Webkit


Google has confirmed that tomorrow they will be releasing their own web browser called Google Chrome, a Webkit-based browser that will include features like:

  • Built-in support for Google Gears for taking web applications offline
  • V8, a multi-threaded Javascript Virtual Machine that will accelerate Javascript performance.
  • An Opera-like dashboard page.
  • Privacy mode to allow surfing with out leaving behind cookies or browsing history.
  • Built-in malware and phishing protection.

According to Google:

So why are we launching Google Chrome? Because we believe we can add value for users and, at the same time, help drive innovation on the web. All of us at Google spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends — all using a browser. Because we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if we started from scratch and built on the best elements out there.

We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build. On the surface, we designed a browser window that is streamlined and simple. To most people, it isn’t the browser that matters. It’s only a tool to run the important stuff — the pages, sites and applications that make up the web. Like the classic Google homepage, Google Chrome is clean and fast. It gets out of your way and gets you where you want to go.

We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we’re committed to continuing on their path. We’ve used components from Apple’s WebKit and Mozilla’s Firefox, among others — and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.

As you might already know, Apple’s Safari browser is also based on Webkit, but I’m assuming that Google Chrome will have some newer Webkit features not present in Safari at the moment.

Guess we’ll find out Monday…

[Via GigaOM]


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