Google's desktop browser is also getting a makeover; Chrome 9 should be available by early January. It will have a shortcuts feature in its updated Chrome 9 desktop Web browser that lets you use one-letter strings to call up favorite links, as well as fast PDF rendering and a new API called WebGL for 3D media that taps into the computer's graphics processor. A new adaptive compiler called Crankshaft can render pages 50 times faster, Google claims. The new browser has simplified the UI; automatically installs security updates; eliminates interrupting modal dialog boxes; can put some Web plug-ins into sandboxes so that they can't transmit malware to other areas in the browser; and can sync user-determined content such as bookmarks across all your computers. (That syncing also works with Chromebooks.)
In addition, Google said 120 million users now use Chrome as their primary browser.
Google also showed off its Chrome Web Store, which was launched today. It has Web-based apps for sale à la Apple's App Store. Many of the apps work offline, once loaded, due to the Chrome browser's support for HTML5's offline storage capability. Apps in the Chrome Web Store work in the desktop versions of the Chrome browser, but not in the version used in the Android mobile OS.
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