Google releases Chrome beta for Linux and Mac

Google has released beta versions of its Chrome web browser for Apple Mac and Linux users more than a year after the Windows version.

Google has released beta versions of its Chrome web browser for Apple Mac and Linux users more than a year after the Windows version.

The development team has been working hard to deliver a first-class browser for the Mac, but it took longer than expected, said Google product manager Brian Rakowski in a blog post.

For the Mac version, the team focused on combining a clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X, he said.

For the Linux version, Rakowski said the team focused on speed, stability and security as they did with the Windows and Mac versions.

"But we also wanted a high-performance browser that integrated well with the Linux ecosystem. This includes tight integration with native GTK themes and updates that are managed by the standard system package manager," he said.

Rakowski said more than 50 open source contributors have worked on Chromium and they have been especially helpful on delivering our Linux version of Google Chrome.

Google has also released over 300 extensions for the Chrome Windows and Linux betas to enable users to customise the browser, but Mac users will have to wait a little longer.

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