Thursday, May 05, 2011


A few days ago, the fastest growing web browser in the world, Google Chrome has stepped up the game by updating the web browser into version 11. A quick check few days ago, I have seen my web browser has been updated to 11.0.696.60.

The latest version - 11.0.696.60

Now, what's new about the version 11? A quick look into the whole world wide web revealed some info that I would like to share. First of all, could you go back to the picture above and tell me anything been a little different, particularly? No? Well, look carefully at the Google Chrome icon and chances are you will spot the differences. Yes, while it is not a new stuffs for some of us, the new icon features a sleek, clean and notorious look. I guess it is also been tweaked and re-angled slightly.

Which one is better?

The new version of Google Chrome features a few notable updates. First of all, the version-10 has previously been reported to crash frequently due to bugs and breaking loading issues, which the new version has addressed and fixed them. Security issues have been upgraded too. Yes, I have been experiencing severe crash last week while accessing notable sites like Youtube and Facebook. It seems fine now.

Equally, the new version will allow web developers to access a few new stuffs to play with. For instance, the new Google Chrome version will have much support for HTML5 speech input API. This new feature, using API, allows the developers to integrate the ability to transcribe a text into voice and visa versa. When I said visa versa, it simply means transcribing voices into words. Yes you heard me right.

If you have a microphone attached to your computer right now, you are highly recommended to try this feature yourself! (I don't have one so I cannot try it out myself) Go to Google Translate (it is at this link if you are not from this era) and you will notice a 'small microphone' icon on the bottom-right of the usual text-typing box. Said loudly and clearly into your mic, chances are Google Chrome's HTML5 APIs will transcribe what you have said into words. At the same time, click the normal 'Listen' button and you will hear what you have typed. Alternatively, try this feature in the HTML5 Presentation at this link.

GPU-accelerated 3D CSS is also been upgraded to allow web developers to add 3D effects to their web building.

Ignore the number of Chrome apps I am opening but
clearly stated here is GPU Process and Google Gears are running

The next update for the Google Chrome version will be unveiled in a month or two. Things that I have read so far pointed out to a major changes for the web browser itself. Currently, Google Chrome version 12 is available through the site sharing Chromium project for web development.

Google Gears is good but it crashes on my side easily

Some of the key issues like the Chrome Gear is most likely will be removed. Gears "enables more powerful web applications, by adding new features to your web browser. It allows some online files to be used offline". However, there are issues revolving it as it tends to cause unnecessary crash (at least for me)