Google upgrades Chrome browser for Mac OS X

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Google has finally released an updated beta version of its Chrome browser for OS X that offers support for over 2,000 extensions and bookmark sync capabilities.

"With this new version, you'll be able to install any of over 2,200 extensions (and counting!) currently available in Chrome's extensions gallery," explained Google software engineer Mark Mentovai.

"Extensions can add useful, informative, fun, or quirky functionality to the browser. You can manage your extensions by clicking on the Window menu and choosing 'Extensions.'"

According to Mentovai, the latest iteration of Chrome provides a "snappy, safe and simple" browsing experience for the Mac.

"Those of you who use several computers will now be able to keep your bookmarks synchronized between them.

"If some of your computers aren't Macs, don't worry: bookmark sync works in Chrome for Linux and Windows too. We also added bookmark and cookie managers in a way that feels completely at home on the Mac."

Mentovai added that existing Chrome users should be automatically updated to the new beta within the next day.

"Just check the About window and look for version 5.0.307," he advised.

It should be noted that the the first officially "stable" beta version of Chrome for Mac OS X was released on December 8, 2009.

Google had previously introduced extension and sync support for Windows PCs in January.