Some information on Google Chrome was leaked today, primarily this comic. I’m looking forward to actually trying out the new browser when it’s released. For now, here are some things I find interesting.
Omnibar – This sounds a lot like Firefox 3’s awesome bar, but maybe with some improvements. It also serves as the search bar, something that all other modern browsers have placed to the right of the address bar. Not only that, but it looks like the browser will automatically pick up new site searches based on usage. It’ll also do in-line autocomplete, but only for URLs you’ve actually typed. That sounds like it could be nice.
Tabs – From the screen mock-ups, having the tabs on top does look a little more natural than the hanging tabs of other browsers. I don’t know how it’ll actually look/feel once they get the rest of the window frame around it. The new tab speed-dial feature looks like it could be helpful. Mozilla’s concept work looks a little more powerful. There’s definitely some room for improvement here.
Pop-up Handling – Instead of opening in a new window, pop-ups will open within the same window. I don’t know if there’ll be any difference between pop-ups that are generated from a mouse click vs. opening automatically. I’m really curious to see how this feels.
Multi-process – Each tab and plug-in gets its own full process. So, if one web page is misbehaving, it won’t kill the rest of your browsing experience. It looks like they may be giving developers multi-threading, but that may be the Gears feature.
Full Text Serach – You’ll be able to search the text of every page you’ve looked at and stored in your history. Hopefully this will automatically exclude secured pages (I’m sure it will). Firefox 3 already provides this for URLs and page titles, but I’d sure like it for the full page body too (I think).
Questions – Will it have add-ons like Firefox? Will different pages/web apps have their own browser toolbar buttons (for example, a Compose button for gmail)? How easy will it be to keep your info private from Google? How will it make web development easier (JS debug? DOM inspection? etc…)?
PS: I love the Dr. Horrible reference on page 1. 🙂