New Google Chrome v4 released


As you should know by now, I favour Google’s Chrome browser and today (finally), Google have released their latest stable build of the Chrome browser, 4.0.249.78. And as you can see from the screen shot above (if you’ve not already used their beta releases of v4 already) extensions and bookmark syncing are now available.

After my previous problems with the latest beta builds and instability on my laptop I was hesitant to stick to the beta builds and opted to wait for the stable version to be released.

Now, finally, I too can enjoy the benefits of over 1500 extensions and bookmark syncing.

Below is a list of the extensions I’ve just installed and tried out (you can click on any of the images below to go to the relevant extension download page):

Since I use Google Reader to keep up with all my various news/RSS feeds the first extension I’ve installed is the Google Reader one. It downloads and installs in, literally, seconds. If you’re already logged into Google the icon will already show you how many unread items there are. Clicking on the icon shows you unread items at a glance which you can click on the title to read the article or open Google Reader in a new tab.

Next on my list of wanted extensions is the 1-click Weather extension provided by Weather.com which gives you a toolbar icon showing the current temperature in your city and clicking on the icon will give you a detailed weather map as well as a mini forecast. If you’re using Windows Vista/7 you’ve probably already, like me, got the Windows Weather widget on your desktop but this is always using Chrome.

Like many other people, I too have and use my Gmail account, especially when sending emails when away from my own laptop and when sending interesting posts to friends. With this extension I can quickly keep a tab of any new emails arriving and the unread email count in my Gmail account right from my browser toolbar.

If you have a Google Wave, Google Voice account as well as Gmail and use Google Reader you can always opt to use the One Number extension which uses a single toolbar icon to monitor all your Google accounts together.

Even though I read most of what I’m interested in via Google Reader, I occasionally search for something through Google or click through to view the full post on the website, since it may be limited in the feed article. I’m so used to where ads appear and how they appear that they don’t really bother me, but others may enjoy the AdBlock extension (works similarly to Mozilla Firefox’s ad blocker – and it’s customizable too).

Update: for developers and designers out there – I’ve just seen the following post recommending 15 must have Google Chrome extensions.

These are just a few extensions that I’ve showcased here like I said there are over 1500 extensions to choose from. Go and have a browse, try them out, if you find an interesting one and it works well, let me know in the comments. Happy surfing!

PS: Remember you can manage your installed extensions (and their respective options) by selecting Extensions from the Tools menu or type in chrome://extensions/ in the address bar.

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6 Responses to “New Google Chrome v4 released”

  1. Babis Gakis says:

    Mmmmm…I am a Firefox disciple but maybe I will give this one a go from what you say here Demitri. I will download it now and see.

  2. Koukla says:

    Very nice! I’m happy to see all those extensions. :-)

  3. Deems says:

    Since I know both of you are FF fans, I’d be interested to know what your experiences are like after using the latest version of Chrome and equivalent extensions (to which you are familiar with and use with FF).

  4. Steve Crane says:

    Why don’t you use the ZA Weather extension by @shauntrennery? Local is lekker.

    The only extension I really miss from FF is COLT. There is something similar in Chrome but it only copies the page URL and title when you click a toolbar button. Seemingly there is an extension framework limitation that currently prevents grabbing the text and URL from any link via the context menu, as COLT does.

    I’m going to Skype you the list of extensions I’m using so far.

    • Deems says:

      @Steve – thanks mate – that extension works much better and is quicker too – indeed, local is lekker :) Thanks for the list too, got a few there I need to try out too.


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