Bookmark sync and more speed in the latest beta release

November 2nd, 2009

Fresh from a Halloween weekend, we’re excited to introduce a brand new beta for Google Chrome, which includes a few new treats and cool tricks for our users.

For those of you who use several computers — for example, a laptop at work and a desktop at home — you’ve asked for a way to keep your Google Chrome bookmarks in sync across multiple computers. Today’s new beta release allows you to do just that! You can keep your Google Chrome bookmarks synchronized and up-to-date across the multiple computers you use, without needing to manually recreate your bookmarks every time you use a different computer.

For more on how to use bookmark sync, check out the video below from one of our team members, Anthony LaForge:

Once you’ve activated Google Chrome bookmark sync on each of your computers, any changes you make to your bookmarks will appear on all synced computers in just a few seconds. (For those of you who are curious, this bit of magic is made possible by the same XMPP-based servers that power Google Talk).

As with every release, this new beta comes with many speed improvements. In particular, as web applications we use every day become increasingly dynamic, browsers like Google Chrome need to be able to construct and change elements on web pages as fast as possible. We’ve improved performance scores on Google Chrome by 30% since our current stable release, as measured by Mozilla’s Dromeao DOM Core Tests, and by 400% since our first stable release.

The beta channel provides a sneak preview of things to come with occasional rough edges and before most users see them, but it’s a great way for us to quickly churn out new features and get your feedback. To try out bookmark sync and other beta features, download the beta version of Google Chrome.

Posted by Idan Avraham and Anton Muhin, Software Engineers