So, I managed to snag Google Chrome 8 minutes before noon PDT (the official release time). The link was live, and I downloaded it in a flash. Currently, people are reporting that the server is under extreme load and they are not able to download it.
– The installation imported my bookmarks automatically without my permission. It only notified me. I’m disappointed with that. If it was a confirmation, it didn’t follow the usability standards.
– The browser opened up quick, unlike most others which take time.
– The rendering of pages was quick, but the fonts on many pages were not smooth – they had jagged edges and were a strain to read. I checked sites like cnn.com, cnbc.com and even Google’s search engine. I’m using Windows XP SP3, on a Dell Latitude D820 with a resolution of 1280×800
– It was a bit difficult to find the task manager built-in to the browser.
– The Acid 2 test passed. The Acid 3 test failed, with a score of 61/100.
– Incognito browsing is a cool feature, similar to InPrivate browser of IE8
– I opened 100 tabs of the default page and it opened quick, and used only 75 MB of memory, and barely any noticeable CPU usage.
– DNS Prefetching to load pages faster is a nice option, but you might want to disable it if you have privacy concerns. Anything to do with prefetch has to be disconcerting for privacy advocates.
– The security information (when clicking on the yellow lock icon (indicating SSL) ) is user-friendly and easy to understand.
– If a popup is blocked, a nice notification is shown.
– Some of the plugins are not available for this browser, but that is understandable.
Overall, all the features have been borrowed from different places (as indicated in their comic strip), barring the built-in task manager, which I haven’t seen in any browser, current or BETA.
In my opinion, this was a premature release (probably to save themselves from the early comic book leak). However, this is definitely a Firefox killer. As a web developer, I hope this does kill Mozilla Firefox, otherwise it would one more to support, which is getting annoying with the growing popularity of Apple’s Safari to deal with as well. Internet Explorer 8 needs special handling from IE7, which in turn needed special handling from IE6.