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Google Chrome 27 Beta now available, promises faster web browsing

Boasts added HTML5 features for web developers
Fri Apr 05 2013, 11:30
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SOFTWARE HOUSE Google has launched Chrome 27 Beta, promising five percent faster webpage loading times, improved memory management and more HTML5 features for web developers.

Google software engineer Kinuko Yasuda said in a Chromium blog post that the firm has ramped up the web browser's speed by changing its resource scheduler, making it "more aggressive in using an idle connection and demoting the priority of preloaded resources so that they don't interfere with critical assets". Essentially, this means that web content will appear five percent faster, Yasuda claimed.

"We've also added Speed Index values from to the list of metrics we use to measure improvements in page load time," he added.

As well as stepping up Chrome's web browsing performance a notch or two, Google has also improved HTML5 input forms by adding month, week, and date input types, making them simpler so calendar forms should look a bit cleaner.

Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) also gets further support so you can use live audio as input to the Web Audio API for low-latency local audio manipulation and playback. This works only in Windows and Mac at the moment, however, and not Android.

Chrome 27 Beta also includes a new "Sync Filesystem API" that allows developers to sync app data. "The files are stored in private sandboxes and can be manipulated with the HTML5 File API and FileSystem API," Yasuda said.

Developer tools have been overhauled as well to allow customisable columns, including a new "domain" one.

"Dock-to-right supports vertical split view, and you can now right-click resources in the Network tab to 'Copy as cURL'," Yasuda said. "Finally, console messages can be filtered by source and impl-side painting events are properly displayed in the timeline." µ


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