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Browser Round-up: Firefox 7 Beta 5, Google Chrome 14, and Opera 12 Pre-Alpha

What’s been happening in web browser land over the past seven days?

Let’s take a quick look…

Google Chrome 14 – New Stable Release

The latest stable release of Google Chrome – now sitting at version 14 – was pushed out at the weekend,adding: –

  • Web Audio API allowing for various ‘fancy’ audio effects to be added to webapps, browser games, etc
  • Open source ‘Native Client’technology, which allows C and C++ code ‘…to be seamlessly and securely executed inside the browser.’
  • Chrome Web Storerolledout to 24 more countries (including Sweden, Brazil and Russia)
  • Support for OS X Lion fullscreen mode and overlay scrollbars

Firefox 7 Beta 5

Last week Firefox 9 found itself penciled in for a December release; Firefox 8 moved to the ‘Aurora’ channel, and Firefox 7 – the next major release of the browser – hit Beta 5.

Firefox 7brings better memorymanagement(Mozilla claims up to 30%-50% less than Firefox 6); the dropping of the ‘http://’ prefix from the address bar; and the usual under-the-hood stuff, such as improvements to Firefox Sync,improvedperformance of HTML5 Canvas animation and faster loading times.

Opera 12 Pre-Alpha

Opera fans were able to get their hands on a pre-alpha release of Opera 12 late last week, which brings with it GTK3 support, as well as the expected smattering of core updates, fixes and under-the-hood features.