Chrome 4.1 Graduates out of Beta, Offers Privacy and Translation Functionality
Article by George Norman
On 19 Mar 2010
Google’s take on the web browser has seen another small version bump on the stable channel. This is to say that Google Chrome 4.1 for Windows is now available for download as a stable, final version. The exact version number is v. 4.1.249.1036.

The stable version of Chrome 4.1 comes with the same features we’ve seen in the Beta release. For example content settings that let the user control whether various websites can load images, store cookies, run JavaScript, use plug-ins, show pop-ups, and so on. All these content settings can be accessed by clicking the wrench icon -> going to Options -> Under the Hood -> Privacy.

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“[Chrome 4.1 for Windows] comes with some new privacy features and a tweak to our Google Update technology. For example, you can block all cookies except for the ones from sites you trust. We’ve also implemented a new approach to our Google Update technology, which allows us to remove the unique ID from Google Update while still preserving our ability to determine the number of active users and keep everyone up-to-date with the latest security updates and speed improvements,” explained Software Engineer, Darin Fisher.

Just like the Beta, the stable version comes with built-in translation capabilities. Chrome 4.1 for Windows can perform automatic translations of webpages. Whenever the web browser detects that you are viewing a webpage that uses a language different from the language of the user interface, an infobar appears and asks the user if he or she would like to translate that webpage. The translation is obviously done via Google Translate – consequently the translation feature provides support for a total of 52 languages, all the languages that Google Translate supports.

“Google Chrome’s translation feature is the latest step in the evolution of translation tools across Google. Just a few years ago, Google’s translation tools consisted of a site where you had to copy and paste text into a box — and it only worked for a handful of languages. Today, our translation technology works across 52 languages and can automatically detect and translate entire websites in less than a second,” explained Engineering Direcotr with Google Munich, Wieland Holfelder.

The latest version of the Google-developed Chrome browser is available for download here.
If you have any problems using the translation feature, check out this Help Center article.



Tags: Google, Google Chrome, Google Translation, Chrome 4.1 for Windows
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