Google Chrome browser unveiled, download it tomorrow

So here I was minding my own business and wham, I get messages like “zomgh4xgoogle” and “Are you following this Google stuff?”. Okay, fine. Let me just secure my prototype anti-Pirillo laser… Now, lets see what we have here…

Okay, so on the company blog, Google made mention of a new browser. What sets it apart from the million other “Mozilla wrappers” is that this one is actually based on Apple’s WebKit, the technology behind Safari. Paul Thurrott has a nice glance of some features already, let God bless his fat fingers and the poor keyboard that had to endure his frantic typing. I can’t but notice the feature list reads like the release notes to Internet Explorer 8.

Two interesting features:

  • Dynamic tabs
    You can drag tabs out of the browser to create new windows, gather multiple tabs into one window or arrange your tabs however you wish -- quickly and easily.
  • Simpler downloads
    No intrusive download manager; you see your download's status at the bottom of your current window.

For those interested in writing browser detection code (you know, to annoy users with alerts), the user agent will read:

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/0.X.Y.Z Safari/525.13

You can check out the feature list (taken down already on Google’s servers) and the original comic stills in all their digital glory (not some scanned in crap). I find it funny I was able to get a copy of these stills, yet wasn’t on the original Google mailing list. Obligatory crying emoticon follows: T_T