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Chrome celebrates four years with timeline, iOS bug fixes

updated 06:59 pm EDT, Tue September 4, 2012

Fixes for various issues, user feedback, more

Google's own Chrome browser celebrates its fourth birthday, and the company has chosen to observe the milestone with an interactive timeline of Chrome development that allows users to scroll backward or forward through Chrome's history. In addition, the company released an updated version of Chrome for iOS that addresses numerous bug fixes -- including an issue with Yahoo Mail, blank "Most Visited" pages and other improvements based on user feedback.

The Chrome timeline mimics the "back in time" effect seen in Apple's Time Machine software, allowing the user to control the flow of the timeline and flying through the development process in the "Chrome Time Machine." Clickable pads of stories and other developments across the four-year history of the browser (most frequently headlines proclaiming that Chrome has gotten faster, but also marking several April Fool's jokes) fly in as users scroll through, returning them to the timeline when they are done reading any stories or images they've opted to click on.

Google has also updated the iOS version of Chrome with numerous improvements, resolving issues when logging into some sites; adding the ability to share webpages via email, Google Plus, Facebook or Twitter; stability and security improvements, and "many bug fixes addressing user feedback." The new version, 21.0.1180.80, is now available on the App Store and is one of a dwindling number of alternative browsers to Mobile Safari.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Chongo

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    Still not 64bit.

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    Still not for anybody who finds deep usage tracking creepy.

  1. Geoduck

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    Safari is nice. Firefox is good enough. Opera is good. Tried Chrome a couple of times now and I HATED it. I hate Chrome more than IE and that's saying a lot. Not sure why either. Maybe it's the feeling that Google is watching every keystroke. Maybe it's the way when I do anything it seems to want to do it in a clumsy bass ackwards way. Maybe it's the IE inspired URL bar that's also the Google search bar that makes my skin crawl. Not sure why but I really can't stand Chrome. I've lived with a lot of browsers and some I like and some, well meh. Chrome is the only one I absolutely can't stand.

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