Google Chrome for Mac
Google doesn't want everybody to start downloading this early version of Chrome for Mac
- Still incomplete
Overall, this early preview version of Google Chrome for Mac looks and feels just about right, although it has quite a long way to go before it can make it mainstream or become your default browser. Keep in mind that this version is not for general use.
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The Google Chrome team is delivering on its promises to deliver Mac users a native version of the company's browser. A developer version of Chrome for both Mac and Linux users was released recently, but Google doesn't want you to download the software.
That's right: Google doesn't want everybody to start downloading this early version of Chrome for Mac, the latest prerelease edition, because it is incomplete. How incomplete? Read on.
The installation process is as straightforward as with any Mac application. You download the 29.7MB .dmg file and then drag the Chrome app icon on to your Applications folder. Upon opening, a warning message lets you know this is just an early development version.
We were glad to see that the Windows XP blue bar at the top disappeared in the Mac version, and got replaced with a sleek silver one that resembles Apple Safari 4 (or vice versa; you decide). Besides that, it all looks and feels like Google Chrome for Windows: same most visited sites on the first page, a history search box and recent bookmarks.
Opening Gmail, Hotmail, and any general website was seamless, and Chrome actually felt speedier than Safari 4 Beta and Mozilla Firefox 3.0. This is by no means a rigorous calculation, but just an indication of how Chrome for Mac feels.
So far so good; but that's about it for Chrome for Mac. As the product managers say on the release blog post, you can't (yet) watch YouTube videos, change privacy settings, or change the default search engine. Printing web pages does not work either, and the option to make a Google app (like Gmail) an application on your desktop is not available (greyed out).
When we opened an Incognito window, it got locked to the centre of the screen and we weren't able to type anything in the address bar of that window whatsoever. We weren't able to close that window, either, so a "force quit" of Chrome was necessary to get it back up and running. Besides that, during the time we played with Chrome, we haven't experienced any other crashes.
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