Google Chrome for Mac

Google Chrome for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 129 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.375.55
  • Total Downloads:
    689,919
  • Date Added:
    May 25, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    51.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,690
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
    #2 in Web Browsers

Editors' Note: Now out of beta but appears to be the same version as the last beta release.

Editors' Review

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In slightly more than a year, Google Chrome has surprised users and critics alike by acquiring a skyrocketing percentage of the browser market share. That attention and heavy usage is not undeserved. Chrome 5 is blazingly fast, more stable than previous versions, and introduces support for extensions, better bookmark syncing and management, browser preference syncing, and further HTML5 innovations. Full-screen viewing also debuts for Mac users in this version.

Based on WebKit, the same open-source engine that powers Apple Safari, Google's Android mobile platform, and several other Web-browsing tools, but with a different JavaScript engine, Chrome's interface remains a drastic departure from other browsers nearly two years after it first debuted. Instead of the traditional toolbar, Chrome puts its tabs on top. Moreover, the tabs are detachable: "tabs" and "windows" are interchangeable here. Detached tabs can be dragged and dropped into the browser, and tabs can be rearranged at any time. By isolating each tab's processes, when one site crashes, the other tabs do not.

The search box and the address bar have been fused into a hybrid "Omnibox," which includes suggestions for URLs culled from your browser's history and search suggestions from your search engine. It remembers site-specific search engine results. There's also Application Shortcuts, a feature that lets you create desktop icons for Web-only applications, such as Gmail. The stealth mode, Incognito, lets you surf without the history-recording cookies, and can work with all of your extensions or just the ones you choose.

Unlike previous editions of the browser, version 5 feels fully baked in a way that they didn't. There are still complaints about wonky Web site support, but those tend to be the rare exception, and not the general rule. Minor problems aside, Chrome should be a serious option for anybody who wants a browser that gets out of the way of browsing the Web.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.7

    out of 6 votes

    • 5 star 4
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 0
  • All Versions

    3.4

    out of 129 votes

    • 5 star 36
    • 4 star 36
    • 3 star 17
    • 2 star 18
    • 1 star 22
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4 stars

"I love it, but...."

June 08, 2010  |  By garyfeister

 |  Version: Google Chrome 5.0.375.55

Pros

This browser is fast, sleek and very user friendly. I love the fact that it doesn't take over a large amount of screen (like Firefox does). It's very well thought out browser with speed and simplicity being the key features.

Cons

The problems for me are: 1) it doesn't always work with other sites and applications (it works with most, but not all); 2) it doesn't have Print Selection (major drawback for me). If you can't do it all from one browser, then it's no good...yet.

Summary

I am very hopeful for Chrome. If they work out all the bugs and shortcomings, I'll definitely use it as my #1 browser. But as long as I have to keep closing out of Chrome and going to another browser just to do simple tasks that are common to web surfers everywhere, I'll just keep using Safari and waiting for the ultimate Chrome version to be released.

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5 stars

"never crashes"

June 07, 2010  |  By RickOrtiz

 |  Version: Google Chrome 5.0.375.55

Pros

better than Opera

Cons

Bookmarks not identifiable off the bat.

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5 stars

"compatible!! best than Firefox.. and fast!"

June 06, 2010  |  By Osiris The Huginn Hermit

 |  Version: Google Chrome 5.0.375.55

Pros

Opens more web pages than Firefox... Faster... Love it!! go to the plug ins page so you can configure a little bit this web browser. I can open PDF, adobe flash video, can print some pages that firefox wont...

Cons

Sometimes you'll have to refresh a web page so that it can load some plugins... Doesn't has the option to configure buttons.. kinda what you see is what you have... Difficult, but possible to change or restore skins and to chage search engine...

Summary

Fast, compatible, light... plain & simple... Needs some fixes so you wont need to refresh web pages to a plug in runs... dont try to add or remove buttons.. you cant! jaja

USE IT ABOVE FIREFOX :)

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4 stars

"Not noticeably different from the Beta - but fast!"

June 01, 2010  |  By kshores

 |  Version: Google Chrome 5.0.375.55

Pros

1. Really fast (my opinion faster than Safari and Firefox)
2. Stable, when something crashes only affects one tab
3. Aesthetics are clean - comparable to Safari; I prefer to Firefox

Cons

Javascript handler is lackluster (e.g. chess.com is much worse on Chrome than on firefox)

Summary

I end up using Chrome 90% of the time and keep firefox running in the background so I can play chess online. If they get their javascript stuff going then it'll be my full time browser.

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5 stars

"Fast, can be skinned, lots of extensions, bye Firefox"

May 27, 2010  |  By armwood

 |  Version: Google Chrome 5.0.375.55

Pros

It is very fast, much faster than Firefox. I especially love the blue skin from the skin gallery. It has plenty of extensions. I am using the Adblock, Download. Weather channel and 1Password beta extension

Cons

None so far except that Open DNS shortcuts do not work with this browser.

Summary

have spent a few days with Google's new browser, Chrome, for Mac. My initial impression is that it is extremely fast, in comparison to Safari and especially Firefox. There are plenty of extensions and themes. One important extension for many Mac users is the 1Password extension. There is a beta version of 1Password available at Chrome Beta Extension version 0.6.2
It works well enough even though it has some feature limitations in comparison to its full fledged Safari and firefox counterparts.

In conclusion do not hesitate to download Chrome. It is a significant leap forward in the browser wars.

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5 stars

"Blazing Fast"

May 25, 2010  |  By mgray023

 |  Version: Google Chrome 5.0.375.55

Pros

By far the fastest browser I've used.
Smooth and crisp layout
Everything is great so far.

Cons

RSS Subscriptions are difficult to manage and are not integrated with Chrome.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.0.375.55
Google Chrome for Mac is being promoted out of beta to our stable channel. We believe that it provides not only the stability, performance and polish that every Mac user expects, but also a seamless native Mac application experience that Mac users will feel instantly at home with. Just like its Windows and Linux siblings, the stable version of Chrome for Mac comes with all the goodness of one of our biggest speed improvements to date. We've worked to make Chrome for Mac fast, fully-featured and extensible - with access to more than 4,500 extensions in the gallery. Some of Chrome for Mac's most-requested features are now available, including full-screen mode (just hit Command + Shift + F!), easy and powerful bookmark management, as well as the ability to synchronize not only bookmarks, but also browser preferences across computers.

    Security Fixes: Please see the Chromium security page for more detail. Note that the referenced bugs may be kept private until a majority of our users are up to date with the fix.

  • Medium: Canonicalize URLs closer to the Safe Browsing specification. Credit to Brett Wilson of the Chromium development community.
  • High: Possible URL bar spoofing via unload event handlers. Credit to Michal Zalewski, Google Security Team.
  • Medium: Memory error in Safe Browsing interaction. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (SkyLined).
  • Medium: Bypass of whitelist-mode plugin blocker. Credit to Darin Fisher of the Chromium development community.
  • Medium: Memory error with drag + drop. Credit to kuzzcc.
  • High: Incorrect execution of Javascript in the extension context. Credit to Andrey Kosyakov of the Chromium development community.
General
Publisher Google
Publisher web site http://www.google.com/
Release Date May 25, 2010
Date Added May 25, 2010
Version 5.0.375.55
Category
Category Browsers
Subcategory Web Browsers
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 51.28MB
File Name UNKNOWN
Popularity
Total Downloads 689,919
Downloads Last Week 1,690
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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