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01 December 2010, 12:40

Flock 3.5 social web browser arrives

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The Flock developers have announced the release of version 3.5 of their social web browser based on Google's open source Chromium platform – versions previous to the 3.x branch were based on Firefox. Flock is a popular cross-platform browser that automatically manages updates and media from several popular social services, including MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Digg, YouTube and Twitter.

Flock 3.5 is based on the 7.x branch of Chromium and features updates to new account creation, as well as support for the business-oriented LinkedIn social networking site. Also new in this version is support for Mac OS X – the previous version (3.0) was only available for Windows systems. Version 2.6.1 still seems to be available for Linux users, but Flock does not promote or support it.

The company behind the browser says that it has reached a global installed user base of more than 9.5 million users. Discussing the news, Flock CEO Shawn Hardin said, "We’re seeing great overall growth in users and engagement, including 57 million new activities conducted within new Flock per day, and over 4 billion activities over the last four months," adding that, "Our growth is 100% user-powered: 83 per cent of our users say they have already recommended or intend to recommend the new Flock browser to their friends and family."

More details about the release, including a list of known issues, can be found in the company's official press release and in the release notes. Flock is available to download for Windows and Mac OS X from the browser's homepage. At the time of writing, although the "Download" menu choice from the home page does lead to the new version, on other pages on the site the Flock versions menu link still only provides download links to the previous legacy 1.x and 2.x branches.

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