First Look: Chrome still shines, 10 versions later
First Look: Chrome still shines, 10 versions later
4:43

First Look: Chrome still shines, 10 versions later

Culture
-Google exploded on to the browser scene with the open source Chrome in September 2008 and interest in the browser has continued to skyrocket. Chrome's hook has always been its speed but there's far more to the browser than just fast rendering. Hi, I'm Seth Rosenblatt for CNET and in this First Look video, I'll be taking you on a quick tour of what's what in Chrome 10. There's a lot going on under that minimalist interface so I'm going to talk about just the key features. Check out CNET's how-to videos for more in-depth look at how Chrome's features work. Google has been touting Chrome 10 as 66% faster than Chrome 9 even with its limited hardware acceleration implementation. There's no doubt that Chrome benchmarks at incredibly fast speeds. Full benchmarks are available at my download.com review of Google Chrome. What's almost as important, though, is that it feels fast. Page load times, especially when only a few tabs are open, feel like there's less than a split second delay from hitting enter to win the site is usable. I have noticed, though, that Chrome does tend to slow down noticeably with more than two dozen tabs open. Your browsing habits may vary but if you're a tab junkie like me, that can be a really big problem. It can often lead to crashes, too, although that's actually one of Chrome's better features. Plugins like Adobe Flash are sandboxed, so when they crash, they only take down the tab and not the entire browser. Chrome also comes with its own task manager so you can see the impact of each tab on your system. When you fire up Chrome for the first time, it will take you to your preferred search engine. You can change this in the options menu to your new tab page which is where a lot of Chrome's action happens. The new tab page has links to Chrome webstore for Chrome-based apps, thumbnails of your most visited sites, and a list of recently closed tabs. You can tear off tabs to make them their own windows and drag them back into the browser. Right click on a tab to duplicate the tab, pin it permanently to the left of the tab bar, get multiple closed tab options, reopen a closed tab, or bookmark all your tabs at once. The interface is simple and extremely effective. Navigation controls live on the left. Google's unified location bar and search box, which the company calls the Omnibar, quietly displays search results from your preferred search engine, your history, and instant URL lookups. Extensions get added to the right as icons. You can toggle always displaying the bookmarks bar or having it show only when you open a blank tab in options. Chrome's extension gallery has grown dramatically since its introduction and now has more than 10,000 extensions and themes. Both are restart lists which means that when you install them, you won't have to restart the browser. Sync is a big part of Chrome and if your life is heavily tied to your GMail account, you're going to find Chrome extremely convenient. You can sync apps, autofill, bookmarks, extensions, themes, passwords, and preferences, and you can set it for a lower level of security using your Google password, or set up your own higher security sync pass-phrase. On the safety front, Chrome allows you to disable Javascript, cookies, images, and will autoblock websites that are known for promulgating phishing attacks and malware threats or are otherwise unsafe. The usefulness of this depends on Google's ability to flag websites as risky, so it's recommended to use an add-on like the Web Of Trust. There's also the incognito mode for private trackless browsing, although there's no options menu choice for always opening into incognito. Chrome now comes with a nascent Google Cloud Print which will allow you to print from the browser to any printer over the air, a useful tool, when it works, for those few times when you have to print and you're not near a printer. You'd think Google would be greener than enabling you tree killers but what do I know. The downloads menu isn't particularly robust, but it does expose the download source link and opens in its own tab, keeping the browser tidy. Overall, Chrome's speed remains the kingpin feature along with growing support for future web tech like HTML 5, hardware acceleration, and advanced standard support. People like the browser because it's fast, well supported, and automatically updates frequently with new features. Potential concerns about Google, privacy, and data mining, can't withstand the juggernaut of convenience, and for a deeper look at some of Chrome's new features, be sure to check out the how-to videos at cnettv.com. With your first look at Chrome 10, I'm Seth Rosenblatt for CNET.

Up Next

Real Estate Pro Breaks Down Property for Sale in the Metaverse
experts-react-11

Up Next

Real Estate Pro Breaks Down Property for Sale in the Metaverse

Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo and the Future of Video Games
gmt20220518-190025-recording-avo-1280x720-00-15-09-11-still001

Reggie Fils-Aimé on Nintendo and the Future of Video Games

I Lost My Mind on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster
1202231812667975-b8hrndwonamcg2sdaf5l-height640.png

I Lost My Mind on Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster

I Went Shopping in the Metaverse and Tried On a Gucci Bag
shopping-1

I Went Shopping in the Metaverse and Tried On a Gucci Bag

How to Download Kanye West's 'Donda 2' for the Stem Player
donda-for-site

How to Download Kanye West's 'Donda 2' for the Stem Player

MoviePass will be back this summer -- this is how it'll work
moviepasscnet

MoviePass will be back this summer -- this is how it'll work

Watch ferrofluid turn into art
ericmesple

Watch ferrofluid turn into art

How Black Friday is very different this year
htdia-blackfriday-v2

How Black Friday is very different this year

Scrambled Eggs James Bond, the perfect meal for a Bond movie
james-bond-cooking-final-00-08-26-03-still083

Scrambled Eggs James Bond, the perfect meal for a Bond movie

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home
biohome-2

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home

The Most Exciting Phones I Want to See in 2023
screenshot-2023-01-27-at-15-42-00.png

The Most Exciting Phones I Want to See in 2023

What We Expect From Samsung Unpacked 2023
galaxy1

What We Expect From Samsung Unpacked 2023

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR
cnetstillvr

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network
hive-cms-image

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network

Audi Activesphere: EV Coupe That's Also a Pickup
a230504-large

Audi Activesphere: EV Coupe That's Also a Pickup

Most Popular All most popular

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money
yt-reduce-your-utility-bills-v3

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home
yt-money-rent-buy-v1-1

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows
trans-solar-panels-seq-00-06-11-19-still001

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network
hive-cms-image

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR
cnetstillvr

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR

Latest Products All latest products

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini
macbook-pro-and-mac-mini

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90
google-booth-seq-00-08-05-25-still002

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen
c0270-mp4-02-36-54-21-still001

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices
ces-disneyalexa-00-01-11-14-still001

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away
ces-dolby-00-00-55-13-still001

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away

LG Display Shows Sweet Racing Setup with 45-Inch Curved Screen
lgdisplays-3

LG Display Shows Sweet Racing Setup with 45-Inch Curved Screen

Latest How To All how to videos

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC
pc-vr-5

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser
cast-2

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam
1203246975312353-pnmdl8bwygpxcjffhlcf-height640.png

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account