Google Release Chrome 4.0 With Extensions & API Set

Just a few days after Mozilla released an update for Firefox, Google has announced release of “stable” version of its flagship browser Chrome for Windows, throwing in some security features and adding some much needed features.

The update to the browser, dubbed “Chrome 4.0”, includes added support for extensions along with bookmark synchronisation capabilities.

In addition to this, the new update also plugged as many as 13 security holes in the browser, of which six were rated as “high” by the search engine giant in its threat rating system.

Although the beta iteration of the browser released last month incorporated support for extensions and bookmark syncing features, this is the first time that the company has released these features in the “stable” channel of the browser.

The search bellwether is further touting that the extension gallery of its browser has been bumped up massively by 500 percent, now including 1,500 add-ons as against the previously available 300.

Discussing the same, Nick Baum, Chrome Product Manager, wrote in a blog post: “To those using Google Chrome on Linux, extensions are enabled on the beta channel. And for those using Google Chrome for Mac, hang tight--we're working on bringing extensions, bookmark sync, and more to the beta soon”.

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However, Mac and Linux users would have to wait for the stable release of Chrome 4.0, as the browser version would still be in beta phase for an unspecified time. Furthermore, while support for extensions has already been released for Linux, Mac beta users have to wait longer to enjoy the feature.

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