Google Chrome Canary Builds Reach Version 11 - gHacks Tech News

Google Chrome Canary Builds Reach Version 11

It was Google who started to release minor improvements as major version upgrades. The browser has just reached version 11, less than two and a half years after its first beta version hit the Internet. That's about four major version bumps every year.

Google Chrome managed to close in on Opera which is currently available as Opera 11, and surpass Microsoft's Internet Explorer (version 9 is currently in development) and Mozilla Firefox (which is developing version 4), all version-wise of course.

The latest Google Chrome Canary build has just hit version 11. Canary builds are the bleeding edge version of the Chrome browser, followed by Google Chrome Dev, Google Chrome Beta and Google Chrome Stable builds.

google chrome 11 canary

It usually does not take long until the dev version switches to the version of the Canary build, followed later by the beta and stable releases.

Anything new in Google Chrome 11? The only thing that caught my attention was a select your search engine screen on first run which I personally had not seen before. This may have been in there for a longer time though, since I installed Chrome year's ago.

choose a search engine

I'm not sure if Google posts release notes for all builds. The Google Chrome releases blog for instance only posts releases notes of beta, stable and dev channel updates, and that only sporadically and often without essential information included.

Google recently announced that they would speed up the development cycle from releasing a major version quarterly to releasing a new version of the browser every six weeks. Expect Google Chrome 12 to hit the web in six weeks.

Update: New features that Google introduced in Chrome 11 include GPU-accelerated 3D CSS, speech-to-text feature that enables users to use the computer's microphone to get Chrome to transcribe the spoken words, and to translate the words in the process.

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Comments

  1. Dan said on January 31, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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    I think the search engine choice screen started in v9 (?). I switch between chrome channels in my PCs and I remember that ballot.

  2. Chris Nevill said on January 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm
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    One thing I’ve noticed is settings is now a tab…

    1. Dan said on February 1, 2011 at 12:05 am
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      Tabbed settings is already available (but off by default) in Chrome 9. In 10 it’s the default and you can’t change it. Personally I prefer the dialog window.

  3. Kyle said on January 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm
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    A speed up is from once every 3 months to once every 6?
    ” speed up the development cycle from releasing a major version quarterly to releasing a new version of the browser every six months.”

    1. Mushaf said on January 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm
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      Oh, he mistook there. It will be a new version every ‘six weeks’.

    2. Martin said on January 31, 2011 at 6:24 pm
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      It should have read six weeks. Sorry for the mistake, corrected it.

  4. Mushaf said on January 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm
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    So within 10 years we’ll have the 50th Chrome? Google developers aren’t known for their humour for nothing.

    1. Martin said on January 31, 2011 at 6:25 pm
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      We are actually then at Google Chrome 96.

  5. BobbyPhoenix said on January 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm
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    Is it just mine, or does everyones address bar not show the address. All I see is white. ?????

    1. Martin said on January 31, 2011 at 10:31 pm
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      Mine is displaying fine.

      1. BobbyPhoenix said on February 1, 2011 at 3:44 am
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        Yeah, I figured it out. Using speed dial did it. Typing in, or bookmarks, and it shows. Thanks.

  6. munish said on February 2, 2011 at 9:46 am
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    how can i download it???????????

    1. Martin said on February 2, 2011 at 10:25 am
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      You can download them here http://tools.google.com/dlpage/chromesxs

  7. kni said on February 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm
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    The first version of Google Chrome where I noticed search engine selector was 6.

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