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05 May 2010, 10:56

Google Chrome beta update integrates Flash Player plug-in

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Zoom Chrome 5.0.375.29 on Mac OS X 10.6.
Google has announced the availability of version 5.0.375.29 of Chrome for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, the latest betas of its WebKit-based browser for each platform. According to the developers, the latest Chrome betas incorporate the "most significant speed and performance increases to date" over the previous beta channel releases and include a number of new features.

Based on its own V8 and SunSpider JavaScript engine benchmarks, Google says that the 5.0.375.29 betas have improved by up to 30% and 35%, adding that they are more than two or three times faster than the very first Chrome beta. New HTML5 features added to the betas include support for geolocation APIs, application caching, web sockets and file drag-and-drop capabilities.

Bookmark sync, which allows users – via their Google Account – to synchronise their bookmarks across all of their computers, can now also sync browser preferences, such as themes, homepage and start-up settings. Other changes include the ability to install and use extensions while in incognito mode and initial integration of the Adobe Flash Player plug-in for Chrome. The developers note that, for security and stability reasons, the Flash Player plug-in will automatically be kept up to date with the latest security and feature updates via Chrome's auto-update mechanism.

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they encounter. All beta users are advised to upgrade to the latest release.

More details about the release can be found in the release notes and announcement blog post on the Google Chrome Blog. Chrome 5.0.375.29 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Users that currently have Chrome installed can use the built-in update function by clicking Tools, selecting About Google Chrome and clicking the Update button.

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