Version chaos; That's what many web users call Google's fast paced version jumping when it comes to the Google Chrome web browser.
The stable release was Google Chrome 2 for some time, the stable developer build Google Chrome 3 and the latest build Google Chrome 4.
Google Chrome 2 was the version that was offered on the Google Chrome website up until now. Tech savvy users were able to download dev builds of the Google browser which came with all kind of improvements that made it a better browser.
Today Google finally released Google Chrome 3 to the public. Users who are currently using Google Chrome 2 will see an update prompt soon to update to the new release.
Everyone else can simply go to the Google Chrome website and download the latest official public release of the browser right there.
The official Google blog has published some benchmarks and other information that may help convince users to switch to version 3 of the Google browser.
The benchmarks show the performance of different releases of Google Chrome with Google Chrome 3 being the fastest and most powerful yet.
Users who have only used Google Chrome in the past will be able to access several new features besides the performance, compatibility and stability gains: this includes a new tab page which is shown when the user opens a blank new tab in the web browser. Other changes include HTML5 capabilities, additions to the Omnibox (the address bar of the browser) and theme support.
Best of all, the confusion is reduced as there are only two versions of the web browser out there currently.
The stable Google Chrome 3 which is offered publicly and the developer version that has already reached version 4 and is therefore called Google Chrome 4. It is likely that the confusion will grow again once Google decides to release developer versions of Google Chrome 5.
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