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This is an interesting article from the Google operating system blog about plugin support in the Google Chrome Browser:
With this approach however I have to ask myself, will Chrome ever exceed the abilities of Firefox?
It'd be nice if it did, but it seems like Chrome will always be in a lagging position, unless Google can really add something noticeably ground breaking...
Google chrome is a new lightweight browser released by Google, which is meant to be faster, safer, etc. and optimised for web apps such as Google provides (and I use).
I judge a browser by it's speed when I'm using it on the train (into and out of work), via my mobile broadband and what I can actually do with it in terms of functionality, and unfortunately I'm not impressed.
I don't like bloated software, but I don't like software that's so minimal I can't really use it.
So, though seemingly very fast on a standard internet connection, google chrome has been very slow on my mobile broadband, noticeably slower than firefox but not as slow as internet explorer. Gmail is comparativly slow as are other google apps such as igoogle.
Features wise it's not much better - Â so far, it's so minimalistic it's almost unusable. Don't get me wrong, it has a few nice things in it but it's missing all the things I need and use every day.
So what's the answer?
Well I may be able to spped up the browser by turning off the usage statistics reporting (though this is on in firefox without issue), so I'll give that a try soon.
And if google produce a plugin API for chrome and developers actually code for it that'd be great. But saying that, what would be better (for me at least) is an interface that allows you to use native chrome plugins if they exist but, also import firefox plugins where possible.
As it stands, unfortunately, I'm quite underwhelmed with the usefulness of chrome and kinda wish it'd been released with a bit more usefulness than it currently has, at the very least it could have google toolbar options built in...
Lets hope they build on it quickly or else it'll just become another niche product for die hard googlephiles.