Google Chrome update features improved spell checking

Google has rolled out a Chrome update that includes, among other changes, a better spell check.

Most notably, the company refreshed all of its dictionaries and added the Korean, Tamil, and Albanian languages.

For added value, the search giant also boosted its "Ask Google for suggestions" spell check feature to support grammar, homonym, and context-sensitive spell checking in English, powered by the same system that keeps Google search in check.

According to Chrome software engineer and self-proclaimed savvy speller Rachel Petterson, the new spell checking engine, also available in Google Docs, understands proper nouns that even some of its users don't, like "Justin Bieber" and "Skrillex."

So fear not: the embarrassment of mixing up "affect" and "effect" is no longer an issue, and the hassle of searching for a word to ensure its spelling is long gone, thanks to Google's suggestions.

Additionally, custom dictionary settings will now be synced across devices, so, as Petterson pointed out, "there is no need to teach your new Chromebook how to spell your name."

The enhancements are expected to roll out to users on Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS in the coming weeks; Google is still working on Mac support.

Other stable channel updates launched recently include desktop shortcuts for multiple Windows profile users, as well as asynchronous DNS resolver on Mac and Linux.

Despite this month's merging of Chrome and Android teams, Google CEO Eric Schmidt vowed to continue developing the products separately, saying that each serves "different purposes and will remain different products."

Chrome 26 is available for download online.