Chrome 12 goes into beta, sheds Google Gears
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) bumped version 12 of its Chrome web browser into beta early this week, even as support for Google Gears was finally removed. The company announced its intention to remove Gears in March, since "almost all" of what Gears is capable of can now be done using HTML5. Vangelis Kokkevis, Software Engineer on the Google Chrome team wrote on the official Google Chrome blog, "We hope that Google Gears rests in peace."
In addition, Chrome 12 beta comes with improved hardware acceleration that now includes 3D CSS, as well as improved screen reader support for the visually impaired. Flash-based local shared objects (LSO) data can also be deleted from within Chrome without having to use an online settings application from Adobe's website. Finally, file downloads will now be appraised via the Google Safe Browsing algorithm and will trigger a warning to prevent malicious downloads from being saved. Those interested can download the beta version of Chrome here.
Google Chrome 11 gets bug fixes, speech input
Google Chrome now supports background apps
Google releases Chrome 9; comes with Google Instant, WebGL