Open-source browser gets some updates, including a new version of WebKit, and early adopters can now pick from three levels of stability.
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A born browser of dictionaries and a lifelong New Englander, Jon Skillings is an editorial director at CNET. He honed his language skills as a US Army linguist (Polish and German) before diving into editing for tech publications -- including at PC Week and the IDG News Service -- back when the web was just getting under way, and even a little before. For CNET, he's written on topics from GPS to 5G, James Bond, lasers, brass instruments and music streaming services.
With Google Chrome, we want to release fewer features more often instead of making you wait 12 months for the next Major Dot-Oh Release Jam-Packed With Features. We can get your feedback faster, fix things faster, and release new improvements as soon as they're ready. We want Google Chrome to stay nimble so it can keep pace with changes in the sites and web apps you use.
Early adopters can subscribe to one of three update channels:
• Stable channel, which delivers features and fixes only after they've been tested. This is the default channel when someone first installs Chrome.
• Beta channel, which delivers features from the Dev channel that are "stable and complete" but "may lack the polish one expects from a finished product."
• Developer preview channel, which is "where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled."