Chrome v5.0 released; stable versions for Mac and Linux included

According to the Google Chrome Blog, the latest version of the world's speediest browser is ready for the masses. In its fastest iteration yet, Chrome, with its new V8 JavaScript engine improvements, boasts a 30% to 35% speed improvement over the last version. This makes Chrome v5.0 between 213% and 305% faster than the debut release of Google's foray into the browser market.

In addition to this build dumping its beta tag, Google has officially unleashed stable releases for both the Mac and Linux platforms. Chrome v5.0 brings many new enhancements to the table. Flash integration, unfortunately, did not make the cut. However, Google states that once Adobe releases Flash 10.1, they will add it into the browser. This will make the manual installation of Flash a thing of the past. The notable changes in Chrome v5.0 are:

  • Redesigned Bookmark Manager (pictured below)
  • Geolocation APIs
  • App Cache
  • Web sockets
  • File drag-and-drop

Chrome v5.0 Bookmark Manager

If you're already running Chrome on your Windows, Mac, or Linux machine, expect an auto-update soon. As always, you can force an update by going to the tools menu and selecting About Google Chrome; from there you can tell it to apply the latest update. If you don't already use Chrome, you can give it a try by visiting google.com/chrome.

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Chrome is quite the best. it does use a fair bit of RAM when you have more than 10 tabs open but thats all good for the rest of its performance

I've tried this thing just about every time it's been updated. Just can't make myself get used to it. Not usually much into how something simply "looks", but this things interface is just to plain and missing to many buttons I'm used to in ALL browsers.

I DO agree it's quick as sh**, but that's NOT everything.

Definitely hate all the phoning home it does too.

Using v6 through the dev channel. I'm still not too keen on the look of the browser, but its speed is what makes me use it as my default browser.

Just when I was settled on opera, chrome is begging for my attention

Certainly the snappiest browser around...

Really like this version, shame there isn't a full blown Firebug for it yet or I'd never open FF. Definitely the quickest browser from my experience, especially with JS.

I throw out new versions like hot rolls which is good xD

I personally still prefer Firefox, yes, because of the addon's, I just remember Chrome having none and even though I heard it has some good ones now, I just can't make myself to leave my fully customized firefox.

I use it as my main browser since version 3, but I still use FireFox because of FireBug for developing web applications... Chrome's debuger is weird

Fantastic browser IMO. I've recently switched from IE (which I used loyally since the Windows 95 days) and am very impressed with Chrome. Its like the iPhone of browsers.

Do you guys have the option to sort your bookmarks alphabetically? Like in Firefox or IE where you just right click anywhere in your bookmarks folder and click "Sort by Name". I can't find that option in the Linux version of Chrome.

CoMMo said,
Do you guys have the option to sort your bookmarks alphabetically? Like in Firefox or IE where you just right click anywhere in your bookmarks folder and click "Sort by Name". I can't find that option in the Linux version of Chrome.

Yep but its under a button rather than right click, just go to the wrench, bookmarks manager. Now in Bookmarks manager, next to the words Bookmarks manager there will be a button that says organize, click it and you will see sort by title.

Edited by Aaron7pm, May 26 2010, 3:13am :

Anyone here using Chrome on 64 bit?? Does Google updater get installed with Chrome?? Because it doesnt with 64 bit here. I see if I go to about it says update server not available error 3 (I take it this option is so you can update, if there's an update)? Which, by the looks of it an entry is missing in the registry. Which in my case, doesnt exist in the registry. So, how exactly can it update if you cant see if there's an update for it?

PaulAuckNZ said,
Anyone here using Chrome on 64 bit?? Does Google updater get installed with Chrome?? Because it doesnt with 64 bit here. I see if I go to about it says update server not available error 3 (I take it this option is so you can update, if there's an update)? Which, by the looks of it an entry is missing in the registry. Which in my case, doesnt exist in the registry. So, how exactly can it update if you cant see if there's an update for it?

No problems here. Although I don't see any Google Update services running in the Task Manager.

KavazovAngel said,

No problems here. Although I don't see any Google Update services running in the Task Manager.

Hmm ok ta. Wonder if its because I've disabled UAC? Because it says the same thing on Vista x64 and Win7 x64. And I've disabled UAC on both

The Linux version still doesn't have the option to report a broken page, other than that it's hella faster than Firefox.

While its better than previous versions, still lacks many everyday features I use. But competition is nice, once FF4 and IE9 get out, I think we will have the winner.

My guess is Chrome will be the last to use any type of GPU acceleration. They're pretty damn fast using just the CPU. It'd be nice to have directwrite though That font is so nice.

ObiWanToby said,
My guess is Chrome will be the last to use any type of GPU acceleration. They're pretty damn fast using just the CPU. It'd be nice to have directwrite though That font is so nice.

For me is it the scrolling, Firefox 3.6 and Chrome (although less) lagg when scrolling, while with FF3.7 - there is no lagg.

Udedenkz said,

For me is it the scrolling, Firefox 3.6 and Chrome (although less) lagg when scrolling, while with FF3.7 - there is no lagg.

Yeah indeed that is true. Not sure why it has been such an issue lately. Opera used to be pretty damn smooth when scrolling, it has gotten much worse. 3.7 nightlies definitely are better.

Come to think of it, perhaps we should report a bug or suggestion concerning scrolling performance. It isn't horrible, but it should be more fluid for sure.

I wish I could switch to chrome but I can't live without my fingerprint reader, which is only supported by Firefox and IE.

Whats with the version numbering Google is using here...

Original release was September 2008... so its not even been out for 2 years and its at version 5?
How can google expect wide-spread adaptation if they change the browser so much each time that it warrants a major version change?

Conjor said,
Whats with the version numbering Google is using here...

Original release was September 2008... so its not even been out for 2 years and its at version 5?
How can google expect wide-spread adaptation if they change the browser so much each time that it warrants a major version change?

They don't refer to numbers anyway. Like when you say you get IE8 or Firefox 3. You just say you need Chrome. Not Chrome 4 etc.

But the numbers help as there are newer features each time.

1 - Original Stable
2 - New Tab Page Changed,Faster
3- Themes + Extensions
4- Bookmark sync,Mac + Linux Beta
5 - Better sync,new bookmark manager, Mac + Linux Stable
6 - Beta + Dev = Current upgraded UI

Conjor said,
Whats with the version numbering Google is using here...

Original release was September 2008... so its not even been out for 2 years and its at version 5?
How can google expect wide-spread adaptation if they change the browser so much each time that it warrants a major version change?

It's just marketing. Firefox is only at version 3, but Chrome is version 5 so it's better.

TRC said,
It's just marketing. Firefox is only at version 3, but Chrome is version 5 so it's better.

Nonsense. Google does not advertise the version number anywhere. Go the to the Google Chrome homepage and try to find it. Only technically interested people are aware that Chrome has a version. Google wants that there is only one Chrome and always in the latest version for all users (hence the silent automatic updates).

TRC said,

It's just marketing. Firefox is only at version 3, but Chrome is version 5 so it's better.


Firefox is only at 3 because their development schedule keeps lagging.

If you pay attention, Chrome has definitely had feature improvements that warrant the version bumps. Most recently due to *much* better HTML5 support, synchronization of browser settings + zoom settings across computers, and to release a stable build for Mac and Linux. Mozilla is bumping their version number too... when they release new features.

Chrome 5 is definitely more like where Firefox 4 will be... Last thing I heard was Mozilla taking the tab pinning feature of Chrome for Firefox 4, haha.

Edited by Northgrove, May 26 2010, 11:04am :

WOOT! Gotta update all my machines.
Honestly I was using the trunk builds for a few months already. It never felt like a beta product, tbh. Well, except when there was one issue with the Aero borders and buttons. But that was fixed pretty quickly.

Pharos said,
WOOT! Gotta update all my machines.
Honestly I was using the trunk builds for a few months already. It never felt like a beta product, tbh. Well, except when there was one issue with the Aero borders and buttons. But that was fixed pretty quickly.

It isn't solved. They've just disabled it.

Actually I'm not talking about the Aero Peek functionality. They disabled it so fast I skipped that build when updating. It was a minor cosmetic bug in the Aero titlebar.

Chrome ftw. I just don't want the integrated Flash! For some reason Flash 10.1 is really laggy for me. I can't watch a youtube video or live tv without mega lag

TechDudeGeorge said,
Chrome ftw. I just don't want the integrated Flash! For some reason Flash 10.1 is really laggy for me. I can't watch a youtube video or live tv without mega lag

Sorry to hear that.

Navigate to about:plugins in Chrome, then disable the Shockwave Flash 10.1 entry.

Anyone know where to download a stand-alone version for Mac that doesn't include all the background crap that gets installed? I know the Windows version has this, but I've yet to find a Mac version.

Tom W said,
Nice. 5.0 saves sites font size, finally!

And even synchronizes those zoom settings to other computers you may use, haha. They really did it right this time.

Edited by Northgrove, May 26 2010, 10:59am :

I think now is the time to switch from Firefox, been holding out for a while but with Mozilla dragging their feet on 4.0 I think now is the perfect time to try out Google's take on a web browser.

rrode74 said,
The only good browser on OS X. Safari is such a clunky browser. FF on OS X is lame compared to FF on Windows.

Its just a shame that they won't release a Universal build for older Macs. Its not like most of the rendering code isn't already available in PowerPC native form (from Safari/Webkit).

street wolf said,
Now it will snatch up your data even faster. Why anyone would use this browser is beyond me.

I believe it is because your opinion doesn't make it fact. While some data is taken by Google Chrome, the same can be said about every major browser (Firefox, IE, Safari, Opera) whether they admit it or not is up to them.

Chances are any data being collected is something Microsoft already has. Google Chrome is a great browser, its also quick. I'll continue using it until theres something better and faster available.

street wolf said,
Now it will snatch up your data even faster. Why anyone would use this browser is beyond me.

Yay for FUD. Its a good browser - if you don't like it then don't use it

street wolf said,
Now it will snatch up your data even faster. Why anyone would use this browser is beyond me.

Not that e.g. IE, Firefox or the Google.com page is doing anything else if you want features like search suggestions. I'm not sure what "data" you're talking about if you don't mean page visits (IE + Firefox due to phishing filter) and search words (IE + Firefox if suggestions are enabled, which can be disabled on Chrome as well)?

Yes, there's some data that can't be disabled like anonymous browser usage data so that Google can track how well spread their browser is, but come on...

Edited by Northgrove, May 26 2010, 10:12am :

6205 said,
Have they finally fixed broken Windows Aero borders and buttons position?

I'm not sure what you're talking about... I'm running Windows 7 and Chrome on a dozen or more computers and I've not had any issues...

What are you talking about? It looks fine, actually it's even better that its that way. It gives me ~2 pixels of more browser space

Edited by Tekkerson, May 25 2010, 9:12pm :

Tekkerson said,
What are you talking about? It looks fine, actually it's even better that its that way. It gives me ~2 pixels of more browser space

So inconsistency is better?

Besides, it does give you more pixel space because you can always stretch the window to as large as you want, and when you maximize, the border disappear anyway so it doesn't take away from the space. The close buttons could be positioned all the way to the edge and it wouldn't affect browser space. I agree that the issue should be fixed, though not too much of a concern.

Tekkerson said,
What are you talking about? It looks fine, actually it's even better that its that way. It gives me ~2 pixels of more browser space

You'd be surprised at how little things like that can be incredibly annoying. I used to get frustrated with Win7 because the context menu for menu bar items appears above the start bar rather than next to where you clicked. Normally to close things I would just right click and move the mouse ever so slightly to hit close. Having to move it farther was annoying (as I was used to how it was in XP) but I guess I am used to it now.

6205 said,
Chrome is badly rendering Windows Aero borders and caption buttons which are way too much on right.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/9923/cgrrrr.png

1. It renders exactly the same as the background window you have open, as well as every other Window I've currently got open (I'm looking at you, Outlook)... I see absolutely no difference whatsoever.

2. If you maximize Chrome, the border disappears, again, just like every other Application.

I've switched over from Safari. I'm loving the speed. I do wish Chrome had the same Top Sites feature as Safari which lets me know when new content has been published on those sites. I'll probably be switching back to Safari when it gets updated. I'm not loyal to any particular browser. One browser I won't use is Firefox. I'd slum it with Opera first.

asdavis10 said,
I've switched over from Safari. I'm loving the speed. I do wish Chrome had the same Top Sites feature as Safari which lets me know when new content has been published on those sites. I'll probably be switching back to Safari when it gets updated. I'm not loyal to any particular browser. One browser I won't use is Firefox. I'd slum it with Opera first.

they have an addon for that

still1 said,

same

+1... I actually was able to download it half an hour before the official launch.

On a side note, I've been running Dev 6.x for a week or two already, and 5.x was on Dev and Beta for like the past 3 months, so this is a big step up for the Stable channel.

Tekkerson said,
Same here too!

30minutes before launch? How?

I think they got tired of me hitting F5. The page was known for a few hours before the announcement, it was just a matter of them flipping the switch... I'm sure it was intentional to let those of us that were chomping at the bit to try it download it early and take some of the strain off the servers when the massive way from the announcement hit.

apn3a said,
it is indeed the fastest/snappiest one. i use it since day one; never switching it.

I'll switch to it when they can properly implement adblock/noscript (or a suitable alternative). Right now chrome uses far more memory than Firefox with those addons, but yeah Chrome is considerably faster.