Time flies, it’s been 4 years since Google Chrome browser first launched in 2008. I was one of those users who installed the tried the debut browser in 2008. But many of the current Chrome users may be new comers, this is why Google launched a Chrome Time Machine to let us review the development history of Chrome. The links that show up send you to individual blog posts on the Google Chrome Blog.
Chrome is definitely one of the most successful product of Google. It is now a major player in the web browser market, in some areas it is even the biggest one with over 50% market share.
Interestingly, this Time Machine seems to be a fan-only celebration of the 4th anniversary. I loaded the URL into two other browsers, and got a blank page in Internet Explorer 9 and a “This site was designed with Chrome in mind and is unable to render properly in your browser” message in Firefox 15.
Google just announced the release of Chrome 21 stable release of the popular web browser. Apart from a long list of bug and security fixes, there are a few new features.
The first new thing is the introduction of the getUserMedia API, which allows web apps to directly access your web camera and microphone without a plug-in as long as you permitted it. In the past many web apps use Flash to connect to the web cam but this could slow things down. This new API makes realtime communcation through web app faster and easier. It also brings creative use to the web cam, such as taking a photo of yourself, uploading to Chrome Lab, converting it into a line drawing and asking a robot in London to draw out your portrait in a patch of sand (this is actually possible in the past using Flash but now you can play this without Flash plug-in). Google also suggested you to try these two web apps: Webcam Toy and Magic Xylophone.
A few other new features of Chrome 21 include expanded support for gamepads, support for Mac Retina high resolution screen and deeper Google Cloud Print integration, you can learn more about these from Google’s official release.
Chromestory reported that Google may giveaway free 100GB storage space on Google Drive to Chromebook and Chromebox users. This offer is, however, said to limited to second generation Chromebooks and Chromebox by Samsung only.
François Beaufort, our learned friend who had discovered many Chrome OS/Chromebook secrets from Chrome OS codes, had once again unearthed something interesting. The text string ‘Get 100 GB free with Google Drive’ was found in the source code of Chrome OS. It was also found that this offer may be available to second generation Chrome devices only. So Cr-48 Chromebook users like me, or first generation Chromebook owners may be out of luck this time. The value of 100GB Google Drive storage $4.99 / month according to current price.
Second-gen Chromebook users, are you excited about this news? First-gen owners, would you be disappointed to know that you are not taken care of?
The Google I/O 2012 is over. Which is your favorite part of this developer conference? There are just so many new products, technologies and services announced that we may be unable to read and know them all. If you want to have a second chance to look at them, this playlist by Google would be a good starting point: