Google releases stable version of Chrome 12

By on June 7, 2011, 5:30 PM

Google has released version 12 of its browser. The update brings hundreds of bug fixes as well as many features that have been available on the Chrome beta and dev channels to users interested in using Chrome's latest builds. Chrome 12 also addresses 14 security vulnerabilities in the WebKit-based browser (a relatively low number compared to previous releases): five rated as High, six rated as Medium, and three rated as Low.

The new Chrome version adds features such as hardware accelerated 3D CSS, new Safe Browsing protection against downloading malicious files, and the ability to delete Flash cookies from inside Chrome (previously only manageable using an online settings application on Adobe's website). Google has also integrated Sync into the new settings pages, improved screen reader support, and added a new warning when hitting Command-Q on the Mac. You can now launch apps by name from the Omnibox but on the other hand, the search giant has removed Google Gears.

The latest stable build (12.0.742.91) is available now for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Those who currently have Chrome installed can use the built-in update function under the About Google Chrome menu item.

The release is light on new features because Google is not concerned about using version numbers to mark a significant development milestone. The search giant has promised to push out a new stable build every six weeks. Chrome 11 was actually released six weeks ago; Google is back on time with Chrome 12 after it slipped behind in its schedule for Chrome 11. Users don't mind these frequent releases: the browser is already used by 1 in 8 users.




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Wha...? Weren't we just at 9?

Guest said:

And STILL NO BOOKMARKS SIDEBAR. Unbelievable.

I want to abandon firefox asap but Google just doesn't anyone with a widescreen monitor using their browser it seems.

Cota Cota said:

Cant wait for Chrome 13.

Funny thing how i use the bookmark manager like a sidebar :\

be_patient said:

Do they have a changelog or anything like it listed anywhere? I'm curious as to what some of these bugs were.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Guest said: And STILL NO BOOKMARKS SIDEBAR. Unbelievable.

+1

bakape said:

Julio said:

Guest said: And STILL NO BOOKMARKS SIDEBAR. Unbelievable.

+1

Currently under development in the OS X dev channel.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Julio said:

Guest said: And STILL NO BOOKMARKS SIDEBAR. Unbelievable.

+1

What's even more unbelievable is that they are already at version 12. In a year we'll be at 20. This has to stop (or slow down).

Guest said:

A browser for me is much more than software to surf the 'Net; I do most of my word processing in a text editor producing HTML documents. So the browser has to do all the "File" functions that the conventional word processor does.

Like others here; I am trying to make the move from Firefox to Google Chrome but the lack of Page Setup (especially margins and headers & Footers, etc.) makes it very difficult. Imagine using a brand new standards compliant browser for everything other than printing. When I want to print I have to use Internet Explorer.

Regards,

Peter

Guest said:

What's up with the freaking bookmarks

Guest said:

Google wants to change the way we browse the internet. I thought they were about choice!

aj_the_kidd said:

Guest said:

Google want's to change the way we browse the internet. I thought they were about choice!

Not really sure where your going with this, how is Google restricting you in your browsing exactly?

coolazeem said:

be_patient said:

Do they have a changelog or anything like it listed anywhere? I'm curious as to what some of these bugs were.

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Arris Arris said:

When did they change it to do automatic updates? Last two times I've launched Chrome and checked the version it's already updated. They might have launched a stable version of Chrome 12 but it's made my testing environment unstable unless I disconnect my machine from the internet. Can't seem to find any option to disable this automatic background update either...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

When did they change it to do automatic updates? Last two times I've launched Chrome and checked the version it's already updated. They might have launched a stable version of Chrome 12 but it's made my testing environment unstable unless I disconnect my machine from the internet. Can't seem to find any option to disable this automatic background update either...
You need to hunt down "googleupdate.exe" and hit the recycle bin with it. But by all means, don't take my word for it, wait for a second opinion.

A browser for me is much more than software to surf the 'Net; I do most of my word processing in a text editor producing HTML documents. So the browser has to do all the "File" functions that the conventional word processor does.

Like others here; I am trying to make the move from Firefox to Google Chrome but the lack of Page Setup (especially margins and headers & Footers, etc.) makes it very difficult. Imagine using a brand new standards compliant browser for everything other than printing. When I want to print I have to use Internet Explorer.

Regards,

Peter

If this browser won't do what you want it to, and the browsers you already have do, why are you forcing yourself on it? That's sort of like going on a date, with somebody who hates your guts.

Guest said:

Arris, in order to disable chrome's automated updating and possibly statistics / data sending to Google you have to go in the windows adminstrative task schedualler. upon chrome installation it automatically adds two (if i'm correct) processes to the windows task schedualler which automatically sets a frequent time of execution, in other words, if Chrome wants to update tommorow, it makes changes to windows task schedualler and writes that windows sould execute the hidden Chrome update process tommorow at a given time.

i think it works in the same way on other operating systems, it wouldn't surprise me.

Arris Arris said:

Guest said:

Arris, in order to disable chrome's automated updating and possibly statistics / data sending to Google you have to go in the windows adminstrative task schedualler. upon chrome installation it automatically adds two (if i'm correct) processes to the windows task schedualler which automatically sets a frequent time of execution, in other words, if Chrome wants to update tommorow, it makes changes to windows task schedualler and writes that windows sould execute the hidden Chrome update process tommorow at a given time.

i think it works in the same way on other operating systems, it wouldn't surprise me.

Thanks, will go seek them out and possibly destroy

Guest said:

Chrome stable version 30 will be released by Google on December 28, 2011. :P

Guest said:

Arris, you can also use the portableapps version (portableapps.com)of chrome. So it will always be separate from your desktop version and it never updates until you're ready to do so. So updating a portable version is a manual process,currently and doesn't have automatic update capabilites. To manual update the portable version you have to DL the newer version and replace your previous DATA folder with the new DATA folder that was newly created in the newer version's directory. Update at your own pace, keep copy's of different versions of chrome this way if you want, for your testing in portable versions.

The only drawback, when google updates their browser for installed desktop versions portableapps.com might be 1 or 2 days late or so. BUT, If you can't wait I think you can take the correct data files that you need from an installed updated desktop version and implement the files into a copy of a portable version and try it out that way too. In the future if portableapps adds auto update, I'm sure they will implement the option not to auto update integrated.

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