Google Launches Chrome 5 for Mac, Windows and Linux

Google has announced the full release of its Chrome 5 web browser for Mac, Windows and Linux platforms, moving the browser's status from a beta to a final, stable version.

According to a post on the company's official blog by Google Chrome manager Brian Rakowski, the new web browser is the fastest browser ever developed by the company.

The web browser, which made its debut in December 2009 in a beta version, has received several updates and modifications since launch, with the latest announced only three weeks ago.

The new version boasts several upgrades, including better support system for HTML5, an improved video technology to compete with Adobe Flash and the ability to synchronise browser preferences.

The new Chrome 5 is said to be 17 per cent faster than Chrome 4.

Keeping up with the trend for application stores launched to accompany rival browsers Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, Google announced a dedicated and improved "apps store" for Chrome 5 at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco.

Chrome 5 is available for Mac OSX, Linux and Windows users for at Google's official Chrome website.

Existing Chrome users will have their browser upgraded automatically to Chrome 5.