Google Chrome goes beta again, releases new version

Mountain View (CA) – Today, Google announced the latest beta of its Chrome browser. The update provides primarily speed and stability increases, though it does add new features like form autofill, full page zoom, autoscroll and the ability to drag tabs into a side-by-side view.

The setup utility is still called ChromeSetup.exe and operates only in Windows XP SP2 or Vista. However, it is not the same application as before, now 34 KB larger at 535 KB.

Once the executable is launched, the Google Chrome Installer downloads the full installation in the background and then continues. However, when the installer runs it is silent and completes without dialogue or prompting. Existing Chrome users can click on About Google Chrome from the tools menu icon to see the “A new version of Chrome is available” and click the “Update Now” button. WinMerge 2.0.12 reported the End User License Agreements are identical for the previous stable release version, and the new beta.

According to Google, the original beta was just under 50% slower than the current beta, which is about 30% faster than the current stable release. Christian Zibreg will be doing a full Google Chrome beta review tomorrow.

The relative speed of the new beta is shown in red. Google writes in their blog: “The best thing about this new beta is speed — it’s 25% faster on our V8 benchmark and 35% faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version.”

See the Google Chrome beta page, or the current stable release version. Google also maintains a Chrome blog for updated developer info.