Menu
Google nears Chrome Mac beta release

Google nears Chrome Mac beta release

Only eight bugs block beta, but several features will be AWOL

Google is closing in on a beta for the Mac version of its Chrome browser, according to a list of still-to-be-addressed issues.

Just eight bugs are holding up the release of Chrome for the Mac, Google's bug tracking database showed Monday morning. Of the eight, only two are marked as Priority 1: Both involve crashes when the browser tries to render content for Adobe's Flash media format.

Three weeks ago, a product manager on the Chrome team said that Google would deliver a beta for the Mac in early December .

But several features available to Windows users of Chrome will not make it into the Mac beta. As TechCrunch first reported in a story published Monday, they include the bookmark manager, App Mode and bookmark synchronization. The beta will also not include support for extensions, a feature enabled in the Windows edition, although Google has yet to take its official extension gallery public .

"No extensions for beta," tweeted Mike Pinkerton, a technical lead for Chrome on the Mac late Sunday. "But we'll get them soon. Must draw the line somewhere." Besides working on Chrome for the Mac, Pinkerton also contributes to Camino , the Mac-only browser built atop the Gecko rendering engine created by Mozilla that's also the foundation for Firefox.

According to a comprehensive list of bugs that won't be addressed in time to put fixes in the beta -- which is tagged as Milestone 4 -- Google will add features such as in-line PDF rendering, the Task Manager and an interface for browsing and removing saved passwords in the next milestone.

Google brought the Windows version of Chrome out of beta in mid-September, but has not produced a beta for either Mac or Linux. Self-styled "developer channel" editions of Chrome on Mac and Linux were released last June, but Google has warned off casual users from those potentially-unstable versions.

In October, Chrome accounted for an estimated 3.6% share of all browsers, according to Web metrics company Net Applications. Net Applications will release its November data tomorrow.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags AppleMac OS XbrowserGoogle Chromeweb browsersiMac

Featured

Slideshows

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners

More than 500 channel leaders gathered in Auckland on 21 October at the ​Reseller News Innovation Awards ​2020 to celebrate the achievements of the New Zealand technology industry's top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Channel gathers to celebrate the Reseller News Innovation Awards 2020 winners
Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards

Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 500 technology leaders in Auckland on 21 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, start-ups, vendors, distributors and individuals.

Meet the winners of the 2020 Reseller News Innovation Awards
Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Show Comments