Friday, January 09, 2009

Test Out Google Chrome Beta Features Early

Release early, release often, according to Google's Chrome blog that is Google's new motto for Google Chrome. Google wants to release fewer features more often instead of making us wait several months for the next "Major Dot-Oh Release Jam-Packed With Features."

By subscribing to Google's new automatic update channels you can automatically get early access the latest updates as well as test out new features before the rest of the world. You can subscribe to one of three update channels:
  • Stable channel. Everyone is on the Stable channel when they first install Google Chrome. The Stable channel is updated with features and fixes once they have been throughly tested in the Beta channel. If you want a rock solid browser but don't need the latest features, the Stable channel is for you.
  • Beta channel. People who like to use and help refine the latest features subscribe to the Beta channel. Every month or so, we promote stable and complete features from the Dev channel to the Beta channel. The Beta channel is more stable than Dev, but may lack the polish one expects from a finished product.
  • Developer preview channel. The Dev channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome.
To check it out follow the instruction found here. The program will change Chrome's subscription to your choice of either the Dev or Beta channel. After that, you'll automatically get early access updates.

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