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Google releases new beta of Chrome 10 with lightning-fast V8 engine

Just how fast does a browser have to be when it comes to interpreting JavaScript codes and commands from a web page? Well, it would seem that Google's answer to such a question will be 'never enough', especially if its Chrome browser has got anything to do about it. How does a 66% speed increase over a previous version of the browser sound like to you?

Google's Chrome might already be the fastest browser in the world on the desktop and notebook front, but one can be sure that the team of developers working under the search giant's payroll are not the kind to rest on their laurels. At least, not when the competition for browser market share is starting to heat up with the advent of HTML5, especially with established powerhouses like Microsoft, Opera and Mozilla keen to fight for a larger share of the pie with markedly improved performance levels and support for both existing and new web standards.

As usual, Google has once again attempted to test the grounds and score a little headstart over the competition by releasing a new beta build of yet another version of the Chrome browser which it dubs Chrome 10. However, unlike the current version of Chrome which was centered around delivering new features such as webGL, Chrome Instant and Chrome Web Store, Chrome 10 is seemingly built around the premise of sheer performance, with the updated V8 JavaScript engine taking centerstage of the new beta release.

According to a blog posting made by Jeff Chang, Product Manager and Min Li Chan, Product Marketing Manager, the updated V8 engine is so fast the browser is now capable of rendering JavaScript 'as fast as a bunny'. Obviously, the team was still in somewhat of a Lunar New Year mood when the post was made, but the results more than speak for themselves.

In addition to Chrome 10's updated V8 engine sporting performance gains of up to 66% over the current stable release, Chan and Min claim that the beta build of Chrome 10 features rudimentary  support for GPU-accelerated video that is supposedly capable of reducing CPU loads by as much as 80%. However, no mention about the type of codec the new browser would support was made, which leads us to assume that both Chan and Min had to be referring to either hardware-accelerated WebM or Flash video, since the search giant had made the decision to drop H.264 support from the source tree in order emphasize the importance of an Internet that does not rely on proprietary codecs.

Last but not least, it would seem that Chrome 10 would receive a slight UI tweak which allows tech-savvy users to directly modify their browser settings by keying in a specific URL instead of navigating through a bunch of windows, as shown in the video below:

If that sounds good enough to warrant a test run on your own PC, feel free to head down to this page and hit up the download link to retrieve the beta build of the Chrome 10 browser. Google has confirmed that all three major operating systems are supported in this particular beta release, so getting a compatible binary for your OS of choice should not be an issue. That being said, the usual disclaimers about beta software applies: we are not responsible if your PC seizes up after installing Chrome 10 Beta.

And don't worry about bugging Google if issues do crop up: this is the company that promised not to be evil, right?

Source: Google Chrome blog

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