Update Available on the Beta Channel: Chrome 4.0 with Bookmark Sync
Article by George Norman
On 03 Nov 2009
Google releases versions of the Chrome browser on three different channels: the developer channel, the beta channel and the stable channel. A new version is first rolled out to the dev channel; as the bugs and issues are worked out of the software it moves to the Beta channel; when all the issues are solved the software moves to the stable channel. This is precisely what happened with Chrome 4.0. At the start of the week it moved out of the dev channel and to the Beta channel.

“The Beta Channel is being updated to which is our first Beta release for 4.0. This release includes many bug fixes and for the first time Bookmark Sync is enabled. Extensions are disabled until the final API changes arrive. Please use the dev channel for the latest extension API. You can join the Beta channel here,” announced Engineering Program Manager, Jonathan Conradt.


The Bookmark Sync feature in Chrome 4.0 is meant for the Chrome user that frequently changes computers. For example the person that uses Chrome at the office, at home, and at his girlfriend’s house. Keeping all the bookmarks synchronized could prove to be a daunting task. Not with Chrome 4.0 and Bookmarks Sync. With a few clicks you can keep all your bookmarks synchronized and up-to-date. A detailed video on how to use Bookmark Sync has been posted to YouTube here by Program Manager with Google, Anthony Laforge.

Google Chrome 4.0 also comes with a significant JavaScript performance – compared to Chrome 1.0 Stable, Chrome 4.0 is 4 times faster. Compared to Chrome 3 Stable, Chrome 4.0 Beta is 30% faster.

“As with every release, this new beta comes with many speed improvements. In particular, as web applications we use every day become increasingly dynamic, browsers like Google Chrome need to be able to construct and change elements on web pages as fast as possible. We've improved performance scores on Google Chrome by 30% since our current stable release, as measured by Mozilla's Dromeao DOM Core Tests, and by 400% since our first stable release,” explained Google Software Engineers Idan Avraham and Anton Muhin.

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