The Google Chrome OS conference today is focused exactly on Chrome OS and Chrome as a whole. First thing up, is that Chrome has hit 120 million users who use it as their primary browser. Upcoming Chrome 9 features were demoed, which include Google Instant in the Omnibox, and when typing the first letter in a site you frequently visit, it will load in the same manner that a search does in Google Search.
Another improvement to the Chrome browser will be PDF viewing, which as demoed, could load the entire Health Care Reform bill in its 1000+ pages in no more than a second. As for graphical elements, WebGL is the engine used for GPU support in Chrome for extreme graphical operations, including a demo with sharks and eyes as lasers (!). And one more thing: the focus of Chrome is more speed. Speed.
The V8 engine has also been upgraded with CrankShaft (yeah, that name), which provides 2x speed increase depending on the benchmark used.
Google is also worried about security, and Chrome now focuses on it. Full auto-updating is now enabled, to ensure that users are using the latest version and patches. Secondly is the “sandbox security boundaries”, which contains a virus inside of Chrome, and does not allow the malware to escape to the hard drive of the user’s computer, thus creating a smart way of stopping viruses.
Lastly is the Chrome Web Store, which allows developers and users to connect. The Web Store will contain apps such as games (as well as boring and casual), apps, and extensions. A problem explained by Google is apps and developer reputation, which makes it nearly impossible for the average web users to trust a web dev to pay and use his/her app. Thus with the Web Store, apps can be bought, be subscribed to (at a cost) and get trials, get reviewed, have reputation, and is a secure way to deliver software to the browser.
Partners like EA and their flagship game PopIt, Amazon with Kindle For The Web, NPR, ESPN, and others will be some of the very large publishers included in the Chrome Web Store, which will total about 500 apps to start. The store launches today, and will be rolled out slowly at http://chrome.google.com/webstore/. Via: Chrome Live Stream