Evolution of the Chrome browser

What each version has brought to the web. Evolution of speed.

Versions of the Chrome browser

  1. December 12, 2008. First finale version for Windows.
  2. Support for Canvas.
  3. Changing the theme.
  4. Synchronization and Native Client.
  5. Chrome becomes an HTML 5 browser.
  6. http:// protocol is now a default and is removed from the address bar while kept in copy/paste, a great idea!
  7. WebGL is supported, WebP, WebM, material acceleration. New option panel for cookies. Web applications can access the local file system.
  8. The PDF Viewer displays PDF documents with no plugin and inside a sandbox.
    Type about:flags in the URL bar to enable some new functions.
  9. Google drops the H.264 codec for the video tag in favor of the sole VP8 codec. Explanations. WebGL is enabled by default, see the astonishing demos. Cloud print in option for Web apps, without drivers. Creating desktop shortcuts for web apps.
  10. March 2011. The incremental compiler Crankshaft further accelerates JavaScript. GPU acceleration for video. The options are now in a tab (as in Advanced Explorer from 1998). Sandobxed Flash. GPU accelerated videos. Apps in the background allowing notifications of received messages.
  11. HTML5 Speech Input API included.
  12. Ability to delete Flash cookies. Replacing Gears by HTML 5 offline functions. 3D CSS. More secure against phishing. Launching apps by name from the URL bar.
  13. July 2011. Instant Pages displays results of the search engine from query in the URL/search bar. PDF preview before printing.
  14. September 2011. Native Client built-in. Web audio API. See demos.
  15. October 2011. Extension manager included into the option panel.
  16. December 2011. Multiple users supported with different profiles but without passwords.
  17. February 2012. Improved omnibox with prefetching of page and downloads security. The tab for opening a new page has become almost invisible.
  18. March 28, 2012. Hardware acceleration for Canvas which benefits WebGL (which brings 3D to Canvas). The SwiftShader framework is also included for systems that do not have the required graphics capabilities.
  19. May 15, 2012. Canvas accelerated.
  20. June 26, 2012. Support pour une part de JavaScript 6 comme pour Web Intents.
  21. July 31, 2012. Amélioration de l'interface.
  22. September 25, 2012. The Pointer Lock API now integrated allows you to use the mouse as a joystick, without visible pointer, making it suitable for games.
  23. November 6, 2012. Do not track enabled by default, hardware acceleration for video. Site by site options, click on the favicon.
  24. January 10, 2013. MathML supported (but it will be removed in version 25).
  25. February 23, 2013. Voice recognition support through Web Speech API. Extensions can no longer be installed silently. Content-Security-Policy:script-src='self' prevents cross site security issues. Improvements in indexedDB and audio. MathML replaced by MathJax.
  26. March 26, 2013. WebRTC is functional, you may communicate with another remote browser.
  27. May 21, 2014. Faster, this version supports the Sync Filesystem API, an alternative to local storage such as HTML 5, but allows synchronization of data between multiple devices connected to a server.
  28. July 9, 2013. The rendering engine is now Blink rather than Webkit (Type chrome://version/ in the URL bar). A system of notification that are like Web pages, which may include pictures, is now available for apps.
  29. August 20, 2013. Suggestions improved with freshness taken into account in the URL box. Many APIs are added for developers. The VP9 video codec replaces VP8. Support of generators by JavaScript.
  30. October 1, 2013. Search for an image is available through the URL field.
  31. November 12,2013. Portable Native Client is added, the LLVM code on the server is compiled by the browser to the client system. Web payments added too. An indicator shows the tab pages that make noise.
  32. January 14, 2014. Tabs have an icon to indicate a source of sound. Malware is detected during a download. Inside Modern UI on Windows 8, Chrome becomes Chrome OS and make possible to use free applications outside Microsoft's app store!
  33. February 14, 2014. Improving page tabs. From this version, all extensions must come from the Play Store. PDF are displayed by default in the browser. Support for the Web Speech API, the new Web Notifications API. Even more interesting, support for Custom Elements, a standard to define new HTML tags.
  34. April 8, 2014. The audio API becomes standard (without prefix). Responsible images, ie the size of which is adapted to that of the screen.
  35. May 20, 2014. JavaScript now includes Promises and WeakMaps and WeakSets, observe method of Object. Other additions: Shadow DOM is now standard, loading fonts in CSS.
  36. July 17, 2014. HTML imports and entire Web Components. CSS animation with animate(). Objects.observe() in JavaScript.

Comparing speeds

Each new version increases performances: