Google Chrome 4, Now With Bookmark Synchronization

By | November 3, 2009 | 14 Comments



The latest beta release of Google Chrome 4 has received a bookmark sync feature. Now you will be able to synchronize bookmarks across multiple computers.

In addition, this release performs 30% faster than it’s predecessor (Google Chrome 3) in Mozilla’s Dromeao DOM Core Tests.

Google Chrome 4, Now With Bookmark Synchronization

Download Google Chrome 4 Beta.

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  • Steve

    This feature is so similar to Opera Link…

    • Ove

      Of course it’s so similar to Opera Link. This is another one of the features that will be stolen from Opera and accredited to someone else.
      You should see this article describing every feature that other browsers has stolen from Opera: http://log.dustinwilson.com/articles/2009/02/24/The_Great_Feature_Train_Robbery/

      • Foo

        Except it were available in other browsers before Opera even mentioned it.

        “You should see this article”

        I see a whole lot of three features listed that he doesn’t confess himself already existed in other browsers prior to Opera.

        1. A crappy rendition of a ‘my top bookmarks’ list.

        2. Subjective placement of tabs. The decision whether controls are part of the content or not. I personally think that placing tabs on top is the worst thing happening to browsers these days.
        Either way, it’s not a feature, it’s a design choice, just like the placement of other GUI elements such as the buttons in the title-bar.

        3. I never understood the use of ‘full page zoom’, is it that common for websites to use images instead of text? All I’ve ever had to do is set a global minimum font size, which means I won’t even have to mess with per-site font size adjustments.

        • Thoe

          1. No, Opera actually had a star which showed you the 10 most visited sites.

          2. Regardless of whether you like it or not, Opera was leading the way there.

          3. Apparently everyone else gets full page zoom, since the other browsers are once again following Opera.

          And don’t forget the standard Speed Dial feature which is in Safari, Chrome and soon Firefox as well.

          BTW, Netscape did roaming back in the 1990s :D

          • Foo

            1. No, Opera actually had a star which showed you the 10 most visited sites.

            He’s clearly talking about the dial and why did they degenerate ‘the star’ into the dial?

            2. Regardless of whether you like it or not, Opera was leading the way there.

            They weren’t leading the way anywhere. They just choose to consider the navigation etc. to be part of the content were most others consider it to not be. It’s a choice of personal taste, not a feature in any way.
            It could have been worse though, they could have placed the menubar below the tabs too.

            3. Apparently everyone else gets full page zoom, since the other browsers are once again following Opera.

            Probably because there’s more of a market for ‘small display browsers’* now; where I can agree that it’s helpful to have ‘full page’ zoom, in other words I partially retract my previous comment on that, though I can’t see a use for it on the desktop. Also they want to be able to say that they are feature complete.

            * ‘low resolution browsers’ might have been better here :-/

            And don’t forget the standard Speed Dial feature which is in Safari, Chrome and soon Firefox as well.

            Really ‘innovative’ there, taking what users have been doing for years, replacing the normally empty new tab with it. At least Chrome, and the possible future feature in Firefox, shows you something that couldn’t be replaced by a simple bookmarks toolbar and allows you to restore recently closed tabs and windows.

            BTW, Netscape did roaming back in the 1990s :D

            I can sort of understand why they choose to call it ‘roaming’, but it certainly doesn’t sound very good in comparison to ‘synchronization’.
            Still, looks like it were very full featured. You could synchronize settings, bookmarks, history, cookies et al. and you could set up your own server for it too.
            Thanks for some interesting info.

    • Foo
      • Jefri12

        Xmarks/foxmarks and google browser sync are extensions to firefox, firefox didn´t implement them.

        Maybe the first BROWSER in implementing bookmarks sync is aolexplorer.

        • Foo

          You where talking about features available in a browser. The links I posted clearly show that these features were available in Firefox long before Opera even mentioned anything about it. You will continue with making up these ‘rules’ to exclude other browsers until the definition for browser has the single word ‘Opera’ in it, won’t you.
          By the by; Firefox is a browser, it’s incapable of implementing anything unless it has achieved sentience while I were looking away.

          Seriously you Opera fanatics and your straw man argumentation, there’s not even a milligram of weight in what you write.

          • jefri12

            @Foo

            This is my first comment in favbrowser and you say I have been continuing with making up these ‘rules’ to exclude other browsers.

            Prove it that I, jefri, have written it.
            Don’t put words in my mouth if what you are writing is a prejuice about ALL opera users and you want that I meet in that preconceived mold thinked by you.

            These are EXTENSIONS developed by third parts, of course, available for firefox but not implemented them by Mozilla in its browser.

            Opera implemented this feature not only for bookmarks but also for notes, history, search, speed dial.

            And you are right about aolexplorer, a browser that implemented first (perhaps there is another browser that already could have implemented it even before aolexplorer, I don’t know) this feature before Opera and this yes I wrote it in my first comment.

            Besides this article talks about Google Chrome implementing this feature NOT AN EXTENSION OR ADD-ON to browser.

          • Foo

            This is my first comment in favbrowser and you say I have been continuing with making up these ‘rules’ to exclude other browsers.

            Given that you all, with but a few exceptions, use the same ‘arguments’ all the time you can hardly blame me for seeing you as one.
            Might be worth mentioning that I never look at the nick of a person only their comment, unless I need to refer to their nick.

            what you are writing is a prejuice about ALL opera users

            No, not prejudice, just applying information gathered from previous experience. The experience of two out of a hundred Opera users being unable to give any form of basis for their ‘arguments’.

            and you want that I meet in that preconceived mold thinked by you.

            … and as exemplified here, they all seem to be unable to write English correctly.

            These are EXTENSIONS developed by third parts, of course, available for firefox but not implemented them by Mozilla in its browser.

            Your point being? Not all of the code in Firefox are ‘implemented’* by Mozilla.
            Further, by your logic, Firefox is unable to parse XML (it’s using expat), handle bookmarks and history (SQLite), correct spelling errors (Hunspell) or even rendering, which it’s using Cairo for. All of them developed by third-parties.

            * I take it that you mean developers that are directly hired by Mozilla in some way here, given your Opera grounded base.

            Opera implemented this feature not only for bookmarks but also for notes, history, search, speed dial.

            Oh, yes, adding more data to synchronize is certainly the hardest thing to do here, it’s not like they could create some form of API to add more syncable data, also:

            Google Browser Sync unifies your bookmarks, history, saved passwords, and persistent cookies across all the computers where you install it. It also remembers which tabs and windows you had open when you last closed any of your browsers and gives you a chance to reopen them

            Besides this article talks about Google Chrome implementing this feature NOT AN EXTENSION OR ADD-ON to browser.

            This article says that Chrome has recieved the abillity to synchronize bookmarks, nothing more, nothing less.

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  • jefri12

    @Foo

    My native language is the spanish but I suppose what if you would write in spanish you wouldn´t make errors, not you, Sir of all languages? :p

    Mi lenguaje es el español pero supongo que si tú escribieras en español no cometerías errores, verdad, Señor de todos los lenguajes? :p

    Why do you insist on qualify me as one of the opera fanboys?
    Have I judged to you sometime, Foo?

    The point remains, although Opera or Mozilla contract third parts for developing features or services, it is when they incorporate them in their products when it is considered what this product has this feature or ability.

    And my argument don´t have basis? why?

    • Thoe

      If you don’t bash Opera, you are obviously an Opera fanboy.

    • Foo

      My native language is the spanish but I suppose what if you would write in spanish you wouldn´t make errors, not you, Sir of all languages? :p

      My native language is Swedish.
      I learned English when I were eight and can not understand how anyone can have problems with basic grammar and using proper capitalization. Then again a lot of native English speakers, sadly, have problems with the most basic usage of the apostrophe.
      I certainly have never called myself a “master of all languages”, which I guess is what you meant, but you can’t seriously mean that you understand what you wrote in the quote I used as an example. I didn’t really mean that you should attain a perfect understanding of the English language, although it would certainly be nice if you could.
      Oh and I do realize I have a problem with way too long sentences and mixing up “are” and “is” from time to time. :P

      Mi lenguaje es el español pero supongo que si tú escribieras en español no cometerías errores, verdad, Señor de todos los lenguajes? :p

      I could have chosen Spanish courses during school but I went with German instead, not that I remember more than the most basic sentences though. :P
      By the by, I’ve always thought that you have to start ‘question blocks’ with a “¿” in Spanish is this completely wrong or is that usage archaic?
      The text below are courtesy of Google Translate, just for fun:

      ¿Puedo sugerir que usted escriba sus comentarios en español primero y luego usar Google Translate o similar a ver un texto de Inglés se puede arreglar?

      Why do you insist on qualify me as one of the opera fanboys?

      I’m just using data from analyzing your posts and some subjective thinking to sort you into an appropriate group, just like how all people do subconsciously both on and off the Internet. Though, admittedly the data I have on you is very limited but, as I said, I rarely check a persons nick when I write an answer.

      Have I judged to you sometime, Foo?

      I think the sentence you’re looking for is “Have I done something to you” or “What have I ever done to you”?

      The point remains, although Opera or Mozilla contract third parts for developing features or services, it is when they incorporate them in their products when it is considered what this product has this feature or ability.

      So if Mozilla bundled one thousand extensions with their official Firefox release you would consider them as having those features? Can you really not see that they actually have those features in a way already, even though it only takes a ten minutes or so, at most, to add a couple of the recommended or popular extensions?
      It’s like saying that an application isn’t available in a specific language because you have to enable a different language pack.

      And my argument don´t have basis? why?

      You said something along the lines of:

      A feature or ability doesn’t exist in a product until it is incorporated

      I mainly have a problem with how you seem to consider that a feature have to somehow be blessed by the highest chief*, or something like that, to be considered as an official feature.
      I’m also not completely sure what you mean when you say “incorporated”…
      It’s like you’re basing your argument for disliking something on the fact that it’s green by default even though you can can easily change it to blue or whatever. While that perhaps cannot be called a total lack of basis; it is certainly a weak standpoint.

      * It saddens me that I can’t find an English equivalent to “över-kuku” or “högsta hönset”. :(