Google Chrome: hot or not?

Today Google is not just the best search engine in the world. It provides hosting for domain mail, on-line office, web mail service, RSS reader and much more. That’s why nobody was surprised when Google announced its web browser Chrome. Taking into account the quality of existing services people expect Chrome will be faster, more stable and more user friendly then Firefox or Opera. And it seems that their expectations come true:

I would say the greatest advantage of Chrome over Firefox is its ability to handle tabs in independent processes which means a browser or plugin bug, or an incorrectly coded web page can’t take down the whole browser, but just that tab or plugin alone.

and more:

It scores a 79/100 in the Acid 3 test (ahead of Firefox 3 (75/100) and behind Firefox 3.1 nightlies (85/100)). In the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark, it clearly beats Firefox 3.0.1: 3700ms vs 5100ms in my Dell Inspiron 6400 (2GHz Centrino Duo, 2GB RAM).

I was a bit disappointed Chrome’s licence agreements:

11. Content licence from you
11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights that you already hold in Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. By submitting, posting or displaying the content, you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content that you submit, post or display on or through the Services. This licence is for the sole purpose of enabling Google to display, distribute and promote the Services and may be revoked for certain Services as defined in the Additional Terms of those Services.

I don’t write something special. But I’d like to grant all right to Google for all my content. I don’t know why but Google fixed the agreements:

11. Content license from you

11.1 You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.

P. S. I think that it’d be much better to release Chrome for Linux first and use invitation for beta testers. In that case Google would receive more professional feedback.

New mozilla-based for N810 browser much faster then MicroB

Fennec vs MicroB

Good news. The Firefox 3 is gonna be released soon. There is a big list of improvement such reducing of memory usage, increasing of performance etc. In parallel developers are working with mobile version of web browser based on Firefox 3 beta 4 source code. It’s named Fennec. According to tests it 5.9x faster than MicroB which is based on Firefox Alpha 1 (see chart). Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You can try Fennec now. Go to that page and install it. It’ll appear in the Extras category on your N810. Note that Fennec still doesn’t support soft keyboard. So, it isn’t recommended to install it on N800. But on N810 it should work fine.

I’m gonna try Fennec on my N810. It doesn’t replace default browser (as MicroB does). So, it’s a good opportunity to have a fast web browser and help to test it.

[via Christopher Blizzard]