Google Releases Chrome Browser for Mac (Beta)

Google on Tuesday released, at last, a beta version of its Chrome browser for the Mac. In its Google Mac Blog, the development team said that the Mac beta builds on "a heft dose of goodness from the Windows version," but that the company took care to make a true Mac app.

"73,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later," John Grabowski and Mike Pinkerton of the development team wrote on the Mac blog, "we're excited to finally release Google Chrome for Mac in beta. We took a hefty dose of goodness from the Windows version to build a fast, polished browser for Mac."

The developers stressed that they worked hard to make the Mac release a "native application for the Mac," and to that end integrated support for Keychain and the Mac OS X spell checker into the app.

Brian Rakowski added on the Google Chrome Blog that, "We wanted Google Chrome to feel at home on the Mac, so we've focused on uniting our clean, simple design with subtle animations and effects to create a snappy and satisfying browsing experience on OS X."

This first beta release does not, however, include support for extensions, bookmark sync, bookmark manager, or cookie manager. Future releases will add these features.

The browser is a 17.6MB download from Google's Web site.

In the video below, Mike Pinkerton offers a tour of the new Mac browser.