Google Promises "Moar Better Graphics" With GPU-Driven Chrome 18
March 30, 2012 10:00 AM
comment(s) - last by
Chrome is emerging as third major player in the browser market
At its peak in 2003, Microsoft Corp. (
) controlled over 94 percent of the browser market. Inspired to "free" the world's internet access from the control of one single company, the Mozilla Foundation launched the open source browser Firefox in 2004, a browser which would offer Microsoft its first serious challenge since Netscape Navigator. And in 2008, Google Inc. (
), makers of the world's most popular search engine,
released a second serious open source
Today Chrome has an estimated 18.9 percent of the market [
] and is the
world's fastest growing browser
(Firefox has 20.9 percent, Microsoft's Internet Explorer owns 52.8 percent).
this week announced
the release of the 18th edition of its popular browser. Available on every major personal computer platform -- Windows, Linux, and
-- the new version brings fancier graphics and a number of bug fixes.
Google continues to pay top dollar to security researchers for finding flaws in its browser. It awarded miaubiz, Chamal de Silva, Atte Kettunen of OUSPG, Aki Helin of OUSPG and Arthur Gerkis personal thanks and a bounty of $8,000 USD for helping it fix its flaws.
Serious flaws in OpenType and Skia handling were fixed. Five "medium" priority handling errors were also patched.
Bugfixes aside, the new release brings GPU acceleration to Canvas2D, a key emerging web standard, which allows for beautiful 2D animations without proprietary standards. The new releases also adds TransGaming's
engine, which allows 3D web graphics based on the WebGL standard.
SwiftShader is is seen here running 3D Mark '03. The engine allows for 3D graphics on the web, and has been added exclusively to Google's popular Chrome browser.
[Image Source: TransGaming]
For those looking to get their 3D web gaming on, Google does caution, "Keep in mind that a software-backed WebGL implementation is never going to perform as well as one running on a real GPU, but now more users will have access to basic 3D content on the web."
Sounds like GPU acceleration of WebGL is still a work in progress.
The upgrade also includes a new version of Adobe Systems Inc.'s (
) Flash multimedia platform, which contains bug fixes and performance upgrades of its own.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: I switched to Chrome a year ago and never looked back
3/31/2012 6:12:38 PM
also 's/then/than/g' (case sensitive)
"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer, Is World's Most Popular Browser (Sort Of)
December 19, 2011, 7:59 AM
Chrome Gets Deadline for Mac, Linux
January 12, 2009, 9:07 AM
Google to Release New "Chrome" Internet Browser
September 1, 2008, 10:16 PM
Twitter Senior VP: "Diversity is Important, But We Can’t Lower the Bar"
November 9, 2015, 9:59 AM
CNN Resorts to Internet Censorship to Promote Clinton Over Senator Sanders
October 15, 2015, 2:47 PM
Breaking Bad: How to Crash Google's Chrome Browser With Just 8 Characters
September 23, 2015, 11:08 AM
Quick Note: Amazon UK Offers £10 Back on Any Order £50 or Over
August 3, 2015, 12:05 PM
Editorial: Reddit Allows Itself to be Hijacked as a Hate Platform For Racist Bigots
July 21, 2015, 6:32 PM
Mozilla and Facebook to Adobe: It's Time to Kill Flash
July 20, 2015, 6:30 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information