Finally it’s out in the open. The ultimate weapon in Google’s powerchest to combat desktop applications, render the need for a specific platform meaningless - the browser. I guess this has been in the making for the last decade, and here it is. A browser by a company that downloads pretty much most of the internet every day.
If you are still reading this, you shouldn’t be. Get outta here and read this. (Actually just open in a new window, and continue reading this).
I guess it makes a lot of sense for a company like Google to have an install base of their own, and what better way than, what has become the primary application on most computers, the browser. With Google’s data processing and storage capabilities, I can’t begin to imagine the things that could be done with a browser like this.
Some unique things about (I stand corrected, David) Key features of Google Chrome (such a lame name .. come on guys you can be a bit more creative than that – too many Mozilla hackers @ Google?!), as mentioned in their cartoon booklet (if you care to read thru 40 pages), include:
- Tabs to the top (ignore that - such a cosmetic change) - Aparently this has been around for a while in Opera - thanks David Sheen
- Tabs as separate processes (that’s good in a way, but I’m not so sure about older machines)
- New garbage collection engine.
- Apparently, they have a huge testbed, that can test each browser build automatically using a hundred monkeys. (I don’t care too much about this, I just think this is over-engineering, but hey, this is me).
- Uses Webkit for page-rendering.
- Persistant tab state, and the tab can be detached as well, into a new window.
- Standard auto-completing address bar (Firefox 3)
- Personalised start page with your browsing history, google info etc.
As a write this, a huge array of ideas come to mind, that will surely come to be common-place in next few years. I’m throwing out some general ideas here, and maybe I’ll come back a few years and tick some of them down.
- Personalised homepages with per-user google content (this is already present in their beta vision)
- Single sign-on using open id and o-auth using google account information (read as identity management)
- Social networking (submit to orkut etc), location aware
- Voice calls from the browser (gtalk, jaiku etc)
- Content tagging services, using collective intelligence (this could make google searches much better than they already are - something like mahalo + google, just that every click could potentially give google data, thereby bettering the result match for you.)
That’s my five things google could do. What do you think? What could Google add to their browser, that willl change the way we use it in the next 5 years?