Chrome 27 and the BLAM! Factor
The latest version of Chrome (version 27 beta) has been released. Google is promising that their popular browser will display web pages 5 percent faster, a significant leap. Read on to find out what else is new in this release, and whether or not 5 percent makes any difference in real-world web surfing...
What's New in Chrome 27 Beta?
If you like to live on the cutting edge of Internet tech, you can download the latest Windows version of Google's Chrome web browser now. The Chrome 27 Beta claims some significant speed improvements, a few user interface tweaks, and some under-the-hood goodies for web developers.
Although web content is not actually downloaded any faster, the order in which page elements (text, images, videos, etc.) are processed results in a page that appears fully functional much faster. Google has tweaked the “resource scheduler” module of Chrome to be more aggressive about using an idle connection and “demoting the priorities of preloaded resources so that they don’t interfere with critical assets.” Or something.
Setting aside the geekery, mere mortal users need only know that Chrome 27 Beta is significantly faster. To be perfectly honest, when I heard the 5 percent figure, I snickered. But it's my job to take these things for a test drive. I wasn't using a stopwatch, but in my testing, the speed improvement seemed like much more than 5 percent. After installing Chrome 27, and loading up a few pages, the first word out of my mouth was "BLAM!" :-)
Other improvements include a “more elegant” interface for entering dates on web forms; support for live audio input using the Web Audio API; and minor enhancements to the Chrome developer’s toolkit.
The date features involve the little calendar that pops up when you are asked to provide dates and times. It’s easier to flip through calendar or schedule “pages” and important dates such as national holidays can be located very quickly.
The Web Audio API is an HTML5 feature that enables users to input live audio from their microphones and other local audio sources to a Web browser. This enables applications such as sharing your karaoke with online friends. It was introduced to the Windows version of Chrome in September, 2012; Chrome 27 Beta improves the developer and user sides.
Coming Soon to a Browser Near You
Another addition that awaits developers’ implementation is the Sync File System API, which enables automatic synchronization of data files across multiple devices through Google Drive. Chrome 28 (coming in a few weeks) will be the first release to incorporate the "Blink" code base, which signifies Google's fork of the WebKit code that has been the foundation of both Chrome and the Apple Safari browser. By removing over 4 million lines of unused code, and making other changes that better accomodate multiple browser processes, Google is promising even more advances in Chrome's speed and security.
I switched to Chrome as my everyday browser over a year ago, after becoming frustrated with how Firefox would hog memory and slow to a crawl. According to StatCounter, Chrome is tops with a 38% global market share. Internet Explorer (29%) and Firefox (21%) have both been declining in popularity for over three years.
Chrome, IE and Firefox have all evolved greatly over the past 5 years, often leap-frogging one another in terms of speed, security, features and available addons. Chrome may be the fastest browser of the Big Three right now. If that’s enough to make you switch, give it a try.
Your thoughts are welcome on this topic! Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 12 Apr 2013
|For Fun: Buy Bob a Snickers.|
Should You Invest in Bitcoins?
The Top Twenty
GOING FREE: Replacing Your Paid Software
There's more reader feedback... See all 30 comments for this article.
Post your Comments, Questions or Suggestions
Free Tech Support -- Ask Bob Rankin
Subscribe to AskBobRankin Updates: Free Newsletter
Copyright © 2005
- Bob Rankin - All Rights Reserved
Article information: AskBobRankin -- Chrome 27 and the BLAM! Factor (Posted: 12 Apr 2013)
Copyright © 2005 - Bob Rankin - All Rights Reserved