Category: Google Chrome
Google has recently published an interesting release cycle slideshow for Google Chrome web browser that reveals some interesting points.
Here are some points that can be drawn from the presentation:
Google Chrome is treated as an online service rather than actual software, explaining the reason for such release cycles.
Instead of wasting time on feature branches (that can take weeks of debugging), Google Chrome team works on a centralized trunk, allowing to release more frequent updates.
The current release pattern is based on a six week release cycle.
Features are designed in a way to be disabled with a single patch (if required).
For the full list, see the slideshow above. Doesn’t work? Try direct link.
It looks like Google’s WebM VP8 hardware decoder IP is now available for the chip makers. According to the recent announcement, they can now start working on a WebM playback support for their chipsets.
Same report also states that Oulu team is set to release a VP8 video encoder in the first quarter of 2011 as it’s currently ran in an FPGA (Field-programmable gate array) environment.
It looks like the search giant will soon remove a H.264 video codec from the upcoming Google Chrome web browser release.
“Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies,” said Mike Jazayeri, the product manager at Google Inc.
According to the blog post, changes will occur in the next couple months and this is just a notification encouraging content publishers and developers to make necessary changes.
Don’t forget that you can receive points for asking/answering questions and redeem them for cool prizes.
Here is a quick and painless way to find out, who deleted you from the friends list, ignored your friend request, etc. You may also remove your friend sending request. The best part: no seamless Facebook app installation is required.
All right, it’s time to check the browsers market share stats for the last month of 2011 that is December.
Internet Explorer continues to fall and is now approaching 50% level, dropping from 58.44% to 57.08% (1.36 point decrease).
Firefox the first time in 3 months, Firefox has increased its market share by 0.05 point, from 22.76% to 22.81%.