Google Chrome – First impressions

Yestrday google released their own browser called Chrome.  You can download it from www.google.com (link under the search box)

Goolge also have a comic to explain some of the new features of the browser at http://www.google.com/googlebooks/chrome/

The first thing I noticed was how stripped down and uncluttered the interface is. Google has also integrated the address bar with the search bar.  So instead of going to a search engine site or using a search bar, you can simply type your search terms in the address bar and it will return your results in the main window.  The search engine it uses for this is selectable by you and you can change it at any time.

Another nice feature is that the default homepage contains thumbnail links to your most visited websites, and your most recenlty used bookmarks are on the right hand side.

Default Homepage
Default Homepage

You can enable the bookmark bar and add your bookmarks directly to it.  You can also group it in folders.  All your other bookmarks will be kept on the right hand side in a folder called “other bookmarks”.

Bookmarks bar
Bookmarks bar

Like most browsers these days it also supports tabbed browsing.

On the right of the address bar is the page and settings icons.  With the page icon you can open new windows or tabs etc. 

Page options
Page options

You can change your default settings using the settings icon.

Settings icon
Settings icon
Settings
Settings

Chrome also has a nice advantage in that every tab runs in its own memory space – this means that if something in a tab crashes, only that tab will go down and not the entire browser.  Chrome also has its own taskbar where you can monitor how much resources a particular tab uses.

 

Chrome Taskbar
Chrome Taskbar

On the privacy side it also has a feature –incognito mode- where you can browse a page and it will not show up in your history.  It will not save any of your searches in this mode.  It will also wipe the cookies once you close it.  You can open an incognito window from the page options or rightclick on a link.

 

incognito mode
incognito mode

I’ve only used Chrome now for a few hours, but so far it seems like a nice alternative to the others that are out there.