Google released their first browser: Google Chrome.

Below is a quote from Chrome's website about their motivation of building a browser - probablly is just a nice invented story, most sure it is marketing behind :-)

At Google, we spend much of our time working inside a browser. We search, chat, email and collaborate in a browser. And like all of you, in our spare time, we shop, bank, read news and keep in touch with friends - all using a browser. People are spending an increasing amount of time online, and they're doing things never imagined when the web first appeared about 15 years ago.

Since we spend so much time online, we began seriously thinking about what kind of browser could exist if you started from scratch and built on the best elements out there. We realized that the web had evolved from mainly simple text pages to rich, interactive applications and that we needed to completely rethink the browser. What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that's what we set out to build.

So today we're releasing the beta version of a new open source browser: Google Chrome.

Even though it is a beta version it is quite stable and it has some interesting features. Some of them are described below.

The first thing almost anyone will notice is the skin. The blue interface remembers about the Gnome theme from Linux Fedora.

There is no explicit window title. The name of the tab gives the window name. Having the tabs placed on the title bar is an amazing thing because there is more space for the actual webpage.

The interface is minimalistic and, surprisingly, it has all it needs: tabs, back/forward buttons, refresh, bookmark button and options. Optionaly a bookmarks bar can be displayed.

I would rate the interface 10/10. I like it a lot!

Compared to Firefox or Internet Explorer 7 there is no search bar. The address bar has a double role, type what you need and search results, history and bookmarks are displayed.

A cool feature are the dynamic tabs. Tabs can be reorderd, drag one of them from the title bar to create a new window with it and, most fascinating, drag a window to another's title bar and it will become a tab.

A lot of features for safety and privacy are offered. Any web page can be opened in a so called Incognito window. Any page opened like this will not leave any cookies on your computer and will not appear in browsing/searching history.

Crash control is a module that allows the user to view how much memory every page is using. There are also "Stats for nerds" :-) which display much more information but mostly sure will confuse inexperienced people.

I don't know why but the browser reports that I am from Germany and I am not using any proxy or something like this (see the download screenshot below).

The download manager is minimalistic. When something is available for download the browser will not ask you what to do and will start downloading. After this you can choose what to do. Weird...

There is no explicit history button. When you open a new tab the most recent pages, history, closed tabs and bookmarks are displayed.

Configuration options are almost missing. You can choose the home page, the download directory, font, whether to save passwords or not and a few security options. Mostly sure, in a future version, the number of options will increase.

If I should describe this browser in one word that would be "minimalistic". It is a good start, Chrome is a fast browser with an ergonomic interface and what I would love would be a mobile version of it.

PS: One more thing. This blog entry was posted from Chrome :)