Google's Bandwidth Problems Over, Devs Get Chrome Update
Article by George Norman
On 13 May 2009
Last week was not a good one for Google as Gmail suffered yet another outage, and to top things off, the Mountain View search engine giant of all companies ran out of bandwidth and could not release a dev update for the Chrome web browser. At the time Program Manager Mark Larson promised a dev update will be issued early this week.

“We were not able to issue a Dev channel release this week. Our test team did a great job in qualifying two Stable updates and a Beta update this week, and we just didn't have the bandwidth to push a Dev channel release. We'll get an update out early next week. Stay tuned for some exciting new features we hope to land in the Dev channel,” said Mark Larson at the time.


The update he mentioned is Chrome and it has been rolled out to the Chrome dev channel as of Tuesday, the 12th of May. It comes with the following changes:
- WebKit 530.9 and V9
- Support PgUp/PgDn in Omnibox for "first entry/last entry.”
- The user can choose to allow pop-ups from certain sites; the user is informed when Chrome is not set as the default web browser.
- Numerous bugs have been fixed; a detailed list is available here.

In related Google news, it must be said that Google Earth 5.0 was recently updated as well. While Google Earth version 5.0.11733.9347 is meant to be a security, stability and performance update that does not bring new features to the table, it does bring one interesting change to light. Google Earth 5.0 no longer carries a Beta tag in its title, something that Gmail for example has not been able to do for 5 years now (details here).

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