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Google Chrome Browser Gets V8 Crankshaft Booster

Yesterday's Google event in San Francisco was all about Chrome and Google's own data says that Chrome, the browser, is being used by 120 million people, which according to it, equates to one in three internet users.

The demos yesterday not only showed how fast Google Chrome was and how speed was primordial to the web experience on Google's browser, but it also showed some new features that may help Chrome grab even more marketshare.

The browser's Javascript engine, V8, has been "enhanced" with the addition of Crankshaft, which Google says, will make it twice as fast as before or 100 times faster than what IE was two years ago.

Google Instant for example is now in Chrome's omnibox, eliminating the need to go to The browser also integrates PDF viewing, which is great but a tad useless if you want to actually SAVE the PDF file beforehand.

Another notable addition is native hardware acceleration support which allows the browser to make full use of a computer's GPU which allows for significant performance boosts.

The downside is that if your computer comes with an integrated graphics module, then improvements are likely to be negligible.

Other improvements include Google Sync, Auto-updates for Chrome and plug-ins sandboxing (in case Flash goes berserk). Google Chrome 8 can be downloaded here (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.