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Google Chrome to reach v4 before Firefox? Work begins on Chromium 4.0

Version numbers probably mean more to the general public than to regulars at DownloadSquad. When it comes to Chrome, however, Google seems like they're hoping to catch up with Opera by the end of next year.

After doing an install from Buildbot's snapshots, I checked Chromium's about screen. Lo and behold, build 23129 is tagged as 4.0.202.0. While it's just a number, it means, of course, Chrome will likely hit v4 long before Firefox ever does.

Other than the version number I haven't noted any obvious changes as of yet.

Technical Program Manager Anthony LaForge posted a note to the Chromium-dev board announcing that the move was made to reflect the code freeze on Chrome v3. "There is still a bit of work that needs to be done for 3.0 in terms of stability and fixes," he wrote. "To that end we will be pulling changes into the 195 branch (what will become the stable release)."

This isn't the first quick version-to-version jump Chrome has seen. Chrome 3 hit the dev channel less than a week after Chrome 2's release back in May. Looks like I was off the mark about Chrome hitting version 8 or 9 before Google ditched the beta tag on GMail...

Tags: browsers, chrome, chromium, google-chrome-4, nightly-build, opensource, snapshot, version-change

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