Google Chrome: Is Google planning to release a web browser?
But Philipp Lenssen at Google Blogoscoped has posted a comic book which he says comes straight from Google which seems to indicate that the search engine giant will indeed release a browser soon. Reportedly called Google Chrome, the browser will be based on the open source Webkit rendering engine. So what would Google Chrome have that you can't find in other web browsers?
- Tabs wil go above the window, not below the address bar
- Location bar will support auto-complete functions and suggests web pages you've previously visited as well as suggested sites you haven't
- Upon launch, you'll see an Opera-like speed dial with bookmarks and thumbnails for up to web sites
- There will be a privacy mode that allows you to surf without saving any personal history (Microsoft is building a similar feature into Internet Explorer 8)
- The browser will constantly download up to date information about web sites with malicious code
While I'm surprised to see Google getting into the browser space, I can't say I'm disappointed. It'll take a lot of work for any company to take market share away from Microsoft and Mozilla. But if anyone can do it, or at least offer some innovative ideas for the competition to copy, it's Google.
Update: It's official. Google is releasing a beta of Google Chrome for Windows tomorrow.