The fourth version of Google’s own breed of open-source browser is already cooking in Mountain View. This week the search giant has bumped the version number of Chrome’s underlying project all the way up to version 4.0. Just to be clear, it’s not Google Chrome itself that has been upgraded, but Chromium. According to Google, “Chromium is the open-source project behind Google Chrome.”
In this respect, the updated Chromium 4.0, well, Build 126.96.36.199 (23302) to be more specific, points to the inherent evolution of Chrome itself. For the time being however, Google browser users will have to content themselves with version 3.0, if Chrome is indeed what they want to run.
“We've officially bumped Chromium to 4.0.x to reflect our code freeze point for 3.0. There is still a bit of work that needs to be done for 3.0 in terms of stability and fixes, and to that end we will be pulling changes into the 195 branch (what will become the stable release). Keep your eyes out for future updates on the beta channel,”
revealed Anthony Laforge, technical program manager, Mountain View, CA.
For the time being, users can continue to access Google Chrome 188.8.131.52 (developer release), Chrome 184.108.40.206 Beta, and the stable Build 220.127.116.11. However, the progress made with Chromium indicates that Chrome 4.0 is not that far off into the future.
Google has been little shy of jumping from one version to another. Chrome has had an extremely aggressive evolution pace, and aggressive is an understatement. It was just in the fall of 2008 that the Mountain View company was introducing version 1.0 of Chrome. Since then, the search giant has already produced Chrome 2.0 stable and moved to offering testers and developers v3.0.
* Bugs 16020, 16768, 17415, 17970, 17973, 18208, 18362, 18433, 18677, 18726, 18846, 19521: Many fixes for video and audio tags [r23037, r23038, r23067, r23255, r23274, r23455, r23471, r23598]
* Bugs 18471, 18720, 18722: Make more New Tab Page items themeable [r23081, r23205]
* Bugs 10706, 18697: Crash fixes [r23190, r23568]
* Bug 19200: Cannot enter HTTP auth credentials in Omnibox if password has an @ sign [r23403]
* Bug 9103: Import passwords from Firefox 3.1 and above [r23503]
* Bug 13065: Change Live Search to Bing (only for U.S. right now) [r23571]
* Bug 19353: Attempt to reduce memory footprint [r23584]
* Bug 19222: Uninstalling Chrome for one user should not delete default browser entries for another user [r23496]
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From dev channel: Early Access Release Channels (Chromium Developer Documentation)