Google Releases Public Beta of Chrome Web Browser

Google Chrome for the Mac finally rolled out as a public beta on Tuesday, giving the Mac OS X crowd an official taste of what the Internet search company has in store for the Web browsing world.

The Webkit-based browser includes a tabbed interface that can isolate problem Web pages and potentially prevent application crashes, a unified URL and search field called Omnibox, can display commonly visited Web sites in new browser tabs, and more.

"3,804 lines of Mac-specific code and 29 developer builds later, 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 company said on its Google Mac Blog.

The public beta of Google Chrome for the Mac requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher and is available as a free download at the Google Web site.