Google Chrome Review…

UPDATE:

I have Java support working with Google Chrome.  I followed the video instructions left in the comments by Vladimir and I’m good.  Watch this video or just know that you need Java SE 6 Update 10.

 

Google Chrome…  I dig it, but it needs work.  I guess Google’s “out” is that Chrome was released as Beta.  It kind of bothers me that everything Google releases is Beta.  Has Google ever finished a product?

I think there is a ton to like about the design decisions Google made when beginning work on Chrome.  Google covered them all in a cool, hip comic book.  I guess they couldn’t get their hands on a tech writer, but found an out-of-work comic book illustrator.  Either way, the artist got all the important points across.  Chrome is multi-process by page/tab, they wrote a jvm for JavaScript called V8, they went with WebKit for page rendering, tabs are first-class citizens (not parts of the browser), and many other things.

One annoying thing was that Google Chrome proudly states that the browser won’t crash, just individual tabs.  Well, within an hour of using Chrome, it crashed on me.  I grabbed a screenshot to prove it.

Google Chrome crashes
Google Chrome crashes

Another thing Google Chrome needs to work on is it’s tab support. I know that I abuse browsers that support multiple tabs. I know I could bookmark a tab or two, or tag them with delicious a bit more frequently… but hey, if the browser supports multiple tabs, why should I ever close one. Right now, I’m running Chrome with 50+ open tabs. The screenshot below clearly shows that once you get a bunch of open tabs you can’t really tell which tab is which. I really dig how Firefox handles more tabs then fit a screen, they just turn them into a left-right scroll.

Google Chrome has problems with multiple tabs
Google Chrome has problems with multiple tabs

My last complaint, or maybe “improvement area” is where is Java support? Come on? Google is one of the biggest supports of Java out there. Get some Java support, please.

Google Chrome does NOT support Java
Google Chrome does NOT support Java