Google releases Google Chrome for Mac beta

“73,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later, we’re excited to finally release Google Chrome for Mac in beta,” so sayeth John Grabowski and Mike Pinkerton via the Official Google Mac Blog. “We took a hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version to build a fast, polished browser for Mac — with features such as the Omnibox (where you can both search and type in addresses), themes from artists, and most importantly, speed.”

MacDailyNews Take: “Hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version?” Sounds like Word 6. Yuck.

“We also took great care to make Google Chrome a native application for Mac,” Grabowski and Pinkerton report. “For example, we integrated the Keychain into Google Chrome for Mac, and incorporated Mac-style animations when you open the Bookmarks bar.”

For more details on today’s beta release of Google Chrome for Mac, check out the video below:

Direct link via YouTube here.

Full article here.

More info and download link for Google Chrome for Mac beta here.


  1. I agree with Dave. Google IS evil.

    This isn’t just a reflection of a meme I picked up on.

    While it’s idealistic certainly look at a book (horrors! a printed book!)
    called Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher but if you skip the book here’s the wikipedia entry

    What is happening is that Google WANTS to keep growing, trying to be everything to everyone all the time, everywhere.

    That’s a natural urge but it really needs to be controlled. It leads to a loss of genuine human scale understanding. They’ve already lost that of course…but at some point the founders need to seriously get a clue and hire someone to be a “growth review controller” whose job would be to say…”This has a strong potential for being too big, too impersonal, too corporate, in short…evil.

  2. Smiled at the Unhappy Mac reference in the crashed tab. Nice touch.

    However, if Google is still harvesting and claiming ownership over all the data the user passes through Chrome, I’m saying thanks but no thanks.

    At the end of the day, competition is still good. May the pressure from Chrome push the speed and usability of Firefox and Safari even further.

    (I didn’t include IE. Microsoft isn’t even trying.)

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