Google launches Mac Chrome beta

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Google has finally launched an official beta version of its popular Chrome browser for Mac OS X.

According to product manager Brian Rakowski, Chrome for the Mac features a clean design with subtle animations and effects that create a "snappy and satisfying" browsing experience.

"We've been working hard to deliver a first-class browser for the Mac — it took longer than we expected, but we hope the wait was worth it," Rakowski wrote in an official blog post.

"As you might expect, the speed of Google Chrome for Mac is something we're very proud of. If you have a Mac, try installing the beta and see how fast it launches — there's hardly even time for the icon in the dock to bounce!"

Google software engineer Mike Pinkerton explained that Google had taken a "hefty dose of goodness" from the Windows iteration to develop a "fast and polished" browser.

"73,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later, we're excited to finally release Google Chrome for Mac in beta. [The browser includes] features such as the Omnibox (where you can both search and type in addresses), themes from artists, and most importantly, speed," said Pinkerton.

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

It should be noted that Google has also released a beta version of Chrome for Linux. The Mountain View-based company described the application as a "high-performance browser" that is tightly integrated with the open-source Linux ecosystem.

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