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Google Boasts its Chrome is 26% Faster Than Last Year's

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JavaScript benchmark test called "Octane" gave the numbers.

Google has said that its JavaScript benchmark tool shows Chrome is 26 percent faster than it was in 2011.

"Stability sometimes takes higher priority, but we're still manic about improving Chrome's speed," Google Software Engineer Toon Verwaest stated.

Chrome is said to be updated every six weeks, which Verwaest compared to in the blog post to "a mechanic stopping by every six weeks to give your car a new engine."

The latest Chrome beta release, Chrome 24, was recently launched to the masses before final changes are integrated through an official Chrome update. The latest version of the browser apparently increases the speed even further, said Verwaest.

In order to measure Chrome's speed, Google designed a JavaScript benchmark test dubbed "Octane" that has been specifically created to "measure performance of real-world applications on the modern web."

Changes to Google Cloud Print and the browser's start-up time have made Chrome faster, with Google also implementing automated tests designed to detect code that may potentially slow the browser down.

"Speed is one of our core principles," Verwaest said, "so rest assured we'll continue to make Chrome faster in every way possible."

 

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    RealJames , November 12, 2012 9:06 AM
    Thanks Zak for posting an article that wont spawn boatloads of hate-comments!
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    wannabepro , November 12, 2012 9:56 AM
    I think it's time for a rousing round of applause. He's stopped just writing about Apple news. Hopefully we can convert Zak to become an Android fan!

    *Claps enthusiastically*
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    RealJames , November 12, 2012 9:06 AM
    Thanks Zak for posting an article that wont spawn boatloads of hate-comments!
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    iam2thecrowe , November 12, 2012 9:44 AM
    HATE HATE HATE, i have a little hate hahaha. Seriously, i dont need a faster browser. Security is much more important. All browsers available are fast enough with modern computers. But none are secure enough. I stick with IE not because of speed, but because i dont have to install it, its already there, its updated frequently, its reasonably secure, it displays pages properly (google chrome sometimes doesn't display pages as expected). I would be happy to take a speed hit of 50% for 50% more security. Like i cant wait an extra second for a page to be displayed......
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    cats_Paw , November 12, 2012 9:44 AM
    If google gets its browser any faster, it will be a time machine to the future. Seriously, with a good pc and internet connection, google chrome is almost instantaneus by now.
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    wannabepro , November 12, 2012 9:56 AM
    I think it's time for a rousing round of applause. He's stopped just writing about Apple news. Hopefully we can convert Zak to become an Android fan!

    *Claps enthusiastically*
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    house70 , November 12, 2012 10:19 AM
    wannabeproI think it's time for a rousing round of applause. He's stopped just writing about Apple news. Hopefully we can convert Zak to become an Android fan!*Claps enthusiastically*

    Heh, I would be content if we convinced him to use "boast" less often...
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    nebun , November 12, 2012 10:43 AM
    that's slow...also don't like the fact that i can't control my cache, after you use the browser for a while it starts to slow down...FAIL
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    fuzzion , November 12, 2012 11:13 AM
    For those that want extreme download speeds , grab internet download manager.
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    CaedenV , November 12, 2012 11:38 AM
    Speed is nice, but all of the major web browsers are pretty fast these days. What turned me on to chrome was the simple out-of-the-way interface, cloud support for using the same browser across a lot of computers, and decent plug-in support (namely to have AdBlock).

    All that said, I have been tempted to switch back to FF lately. The last major update brought a ton of instability on several of the computers that I use. Yes, it was fixed in a few days, but a release should not have been let out that was so buggy to begin with!
    Also, as time has gone on, I have been bothered more and more about the thought of Google tracking everything that I do. I know they are not some nefarious company or anything like that, but it just takes one major breach to potentially compromise a lot of the services that I use... and that scares me a bit. What keeps me from switching over though is that I am not sure that MS or FF could do much better on that security front... but then again they are not tracking nearly as much information about me as Google is.
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    icepick314 , November 12, 2012 11:45 AM
    does anyone REALLY notice those few millisecond differences?

    after a full day of surfing, I'm sure those 28 seconds you saved from faster browser would come in handy....
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    deadlockedworld , November 12, 2012 12:39 PM
    Uh, is this in response to Firefox announcing 25% speed increases in the next version? Because if so this browser war is getting a little petty.
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    deksman , November 12, 2012 12:43 PM
    Cats_PawIf google gets its browser any faster, it will be a time machine to the future. Seriously, with a good pc and internet connection, google chrome is almost instantaneus by now.


    Except for the premise that Chrome likes its RAM.
    Nothing intricately wrong about that, however, I do think they could optimize the program further to lower RAM use.
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    Camikazi , November 12, 2012 12:50 PM
    deadlockedworldUh, is this in response to Firefox announcing 25% speed increases in the next version? Because if so this browser war is getting a little petty.

    Amazing how Firefox announces 25% speedup and then comes Chrome saying 26%! speedup.
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    amdwilliam1985 , November 12, 2012 12:51 PM
    wannabeproI think it's time for a rousing round of applause. He's stopped just writing about Apple news. Hopefully we can convert Zak to become an Android fan!*Claps enthusiastically*

    Easy, just have to upgrade his iphone 4 or 4s to iOS6 or should I say downgrade. He will throw his POS(piece of sh*t) to the wall. I've seen it happen, haha. That's apple's way of telling you, time to buy a new phone.
    iOS upgrades/downgrades are a performance/battery curse.
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    Pherule , November 12, 2012 1:20 PM
    You know what I need in a browser? Faster page loads, smoother video-

    Wait, crap. My mistake, actually what I need in a browser is privacy, now get lost.
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    cookoy , November 12, 2012 2:08 PM
    Security, stability, add-ons, correct rendering of pages, resource utilization, performance - these are important to me. Performance is not that high on my list. Kudos to both google and mozilla teams for chugging along in improving their respective browsers.
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    xpeh , November 12, 2012 2:15 PM
    The one thing I want the most is for Adobe to fix their shitty flash player, or for most websites to move to HTML5.
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    deadlockedworld , November 12, 2012 2:23 PM
    xpehThe one thing I want the most is for Adobe to fix their shitty flash player, or for most websites to move to HTML5.


    Amen. IMO 99.9% of all browser crashing is Adobe's fault.
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    deepblue08 , November 12, 2012 3:59 PM
    iam2thecroweHATE HATE HATE, i have a little hate hahaha. Seriously, i dont need a faster browser. Security is much more important. All browsers available are fast enough with modern computers. But none are secure enough. I stick with IE not because of speed, but because i dont have to install it, its already there, its updated frequently, its reasonably secure, it displays pages properly (google chrome sometimes doesn't display pages as expected). I would be happy to take a speed hit of 50% for 50% more security. Like i cant wait an extra second for a page to be displayed......


    IE display pages properly? Don't make me laugh. I will tell you now, developing pages for IE is a nightmare. Pages that show exactly the same on Chrome, Ffox, Opera and Safari for some reason don't look the same on IE. It is because of Javascript lag on IE and poor rendering accuracy I switched to Chrome.
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    TheBigTroll , November 12, 2012 7:08 PM
    i still use firefox. chrome shockwave keeps crashing on me
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    Darkk , November 12, 2012 10:53 PM
    Meh. Can't we just focus on browser that simply works?
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