Google Chrome is a web browser developed by Google and based on the WebKit layout engine and application framework. On January 08, 2009 Google introduced a new release channels system, and now there are three distinct release channels - Stable channel, Beta channel, and Developer preview channel.
Google has released Chrome 1.0 on Dec - 2008, and now the company is all set to release version 2.0 (pre - beta version) of its web browser. From the release notes:
New version of WebKit. WebKit is the open source code Google Chrome uses to render web pages (HTML and CSS). 18.104.22.168 used basically the same version of WebKit as Safari 3.1, but the WebKit team has made a lot of improvements since that was released. 156.1 uses WebKit version 528.8 or, more precisely, revision 39410 from the WebKit source tree. In addition to fixing bugs and enabling features like full-page zoom and autoscroll, the new version also enables some nifty CSS features.
New network code. Google Chrome now has its own implementation of the HTTP network protocol (we were using the WinHTTP library on Windows, but need common code for Mac and Linux). We fixed a few bugs in HTTP authentication and made Google Chrome more compatible with servers that reply with invalid HTTP responses. We need feedback on anything that's currently broken, particularly with proxy servers, secure (https) sites, and sites that require log in.
Look like the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome are getting closer.