Google has announced a series of updates to its Chrome browser and application store, claiming that the browser engine is now 100 times as fast as Internet Explorer was in 2008.
"The single biggest customer feedback is that Chrome is fast. Speed has been our biggest focus since Day One. Speed is not something that you can layer into the product later," said Sundar Pichai, vice president of product management at Google.
The browser's graphics have been improved by getting more performance from the GPU for some web applications, and Google has added 3D APIs that take advantage of the extra processing power.
On the security side Google is to extend the use of sandboxing for Adobe applications. PDF sandboxing is already installed but the company has similar technology for Flash and other third party plug-ins.
The Chrome Web Store has gone live today, meanwhile, designed to improve the link between buyers and developers. Around 500 applications have been added to the store, and Google hopes that more HTML5 applications will be added shortly.
"Users and developers are not connecting," said Pichai. "People want to get paid for applications but users don't trust small sites and end up going for big names they know."
Google showed off new applications being developed for the store, including an offline New York Times reader that allows people to customise the design of the news page, and a new application from Amazon to allow web users to buy Kindle content for viewing online.
Over 120 million people now use Chrome as their primary browser, up from 70 million six months ago, according to Pichai.
The browser is gaining strongly in emerging markets, and has a share nearing 25 per cent in India and Albania.
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