Google Chrome for Mac and Linux released

The wait for Google to bring their browser over to the Mac and Linux platform is finally over, with a new release of Google Chrome today. Google Chrome for Mac is still in beta, so users should still be cautioned that the build may not be completely stable.

Google Chrome 4.0 beta offers gallery support for users that want to customize the look and feel of their browser; the gallery support is identical to the Windows version. However, Google Chrome for Mac relocated the toolbar buttons to the top in the OS X version.

Google will be releasing regular updates for not only the Windows client, but now the Mac and Linux platform. Google Chrome for Windows is said to graduate to 4.0 and be out of beta on January 12.

Chrome 4.0 supports extensions, a similar function to Mozilla Firefox add-ons, something that helped with the wide adoption of Firefox.

Extensions for Windows and Linux are all now live in Google Chrome 4.0 beta. Users can browse more than 300 extensions in their gallery; Mac extensions should be beta available soon, once all the kinks are worked out.

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I've been using this for the last day or so and I rather like it. It could do with a search box though. The interface differences in OS X are not something I really noticed ..

Laura said,
I've been using this for the last day or so and I rather like it. It could do with a search box though. The interface differences in OS X are not something I really noticed ..

What is wrong with a combined address bar/search area? Unless you like to 'hold' searches for some reason.

Still no bookmark manager it seems. Or drag and dropping bookmarks in the bookmark bar from the Other bookmarks folder. Won't use it until it gets that.

I agree that it doesn't look good on OSX.

rpared01 said,
firefox better watch out on the linux platform, it might get replace as the default browser


Man, I HOPE so!!
Epiphany would be a better default browser, for Linux, though, IMO.

Seems nice, runs smoothly. Fits better with the system than Fx at least.

Hopefully more stable than Safari 4. Though a shame it ins't 64bit.

Both Chrome and Safari are WebKit-based browsers and much faster than Firefox 3.5. If not, you're doing something wrong... This has been documented everwhere on the web. :-p

Chrome is unique in that it doesn't conform to the traditional UI of any operating system, going out on it's own to make a simpler interface.

It's difficult to get used to, but genius once you are.

DeltaFalcon said,
Chrome is unique in that it doesn't conform to the traditional UI of any operating system, going out on it's own to make a simpler interface.

It's difficult to get used to, but genius once you are.


Yeah, I defintely see how Chrome is overwhelmingly superior compared to Safari 4 (below picture) in this aspect... That level of simplicity is something you just can't achieve using default Aqua. Google made an amazingly great choice there going with their own non-standard interface that doesn't integrate well with any OS. I especially love how Chrome's close/minimize/zoom widgets are lowered by two pixels as well compared to the rest of Mac OS X and all of its applications. Pure Genius!

I wish they would do something about the extra space in the titlebar above the tabs. On Windows and Linux this goes away when you maximize, but on OSX it seems to always be there.

.Neo said,
Yeah, I defintely see how Chrome is overwhelmingly superior compared to Safari 4 (below picture) in this aspect... That level of simplicity is something you just can't achieve using default Aqua. Google made an amazingly great choice there going with their own non-standard interface that doesn't integrate well with any OS. I especially love how Chrome's close/minimize/zoom widgets are lowered by two pixels as well compared to the rest of Mac OS X and all of its applications. Pure Genius!

lol

DeltaFalcon said,
Chrome is unique in that it doesn't conform to the traditional UI of any operating system, going out on it's own to make a simpler interface.

It's difficult to get used to, but genius once you are.


To be honest, I think it looks great in Windows 7 (with transparency on obviously)

djesteban said,
To be honest, I think it looks great in Windows 7 (with transparency on obviously)

I agree. Chrome does look good on Windows 7 but **** on OSX.

I think the Chrome's toolbar looks equally as bad on Windows as it does on Mac OS X. Of course the Windows XP theme is the biggest joke of all.

Stetson said,
I wish they would do something about the extra space in the titlebar above the tabs. On Windows and Linux this goes away when you maximize, but on OSX it seems to always be there.

OS X doesn't believe in maximizing so...

DeltaFalcon said,
Chrome is unique in that it doesn't conform to the traditional UI of any operating system, going out on it's own to make a simpler interface.

It's difficult to get used to, but genius once you are.


Yeah, like the way you HAVE to devote space to a separate bookmark toolbar just to have access to a dropdown menu of your bookmarks. How simplified and minimal.

For all the people who think IE is gross and ugly, they sure as heck figured out the single best way to present your favorites menu without a menubar.

P.S. Seriously, would it have killed Google to drop the star add-bookmark button in favor of a bookmarks dropdown with "Add to Bookmarks" at the top or something?