Google announces new and improved Chrome 3.0

Stable, public-friendly version of the browser unveiled

Google has announced the arrival of the latest version of its web browser – dubbed Chrome 3.0.

Many improvements have been made to browser, including the boast that it is now 25 per cent faster than before.

This means it's now one-and-a-half times speedier than the very first incarnation of Chrome.

While a lot of the changes have been made under the bonnet – there's been 3,505 bug fixes in the last year – visual tweaks include a neater version of the browsers tabs. The New Tab section has been completely re-designed and offers better customisation.

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Another improvement is the site's 'Omnibox'. This is the 'uber' web address bar, which also acts as a search bar. New icons and a better presented drop-down menu have been added to this.

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Google has also taken a leaf out of Firefox's browsing book and is now offering themes, so you can now customise Chrome like never before.

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Couple this with the addition of video HTML5 capabilities to the browser, without the aid of a plug-in, and what you have is a viable alternative to the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Find out more about Chrome by visiting the Google Blog or pointing your browser to www.google.com/chrome.

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