Google announced their browser Google Chrome to be available on Tuesday, but their download page and tour was already partly available at gears.google.com/chrome/ just now, as Uval in the forum noticed. While the download itself didn’t work when I tried, I was able to extract some screenshots, from the frontpage but also the YouTube videos. And while the product tour videos themselves seemed to require a special group membership at YouTube, the video still previews are public and you can paste the video identifier into a URL like this one to see more high quality stills.
The service’s logo.
Screenshots of Google Chrome from the service’s frontpage.
The auto-completion of the so-called “omnibox” address bar.
The homepage showing 9 thumbnailed pages to access, along with more pointers in the side-bar, to appear “[e]very time you open a new tab”, as Google says.
This screenshot shows Google Calendar and a dialog reading “Create shortcuts in the following locations”, listing Desktop, Start Menu and Quick Launch Bar.
Zooming in on the browser tabs.
The Google Chrome task manager, e.g. to monitor if certain sites cause memory problems.
A screen showing the “Google incognito” mode for allegedly more private browsing.
Another auto-completion example.
A star near the address input bar lets you bookmark a page, apparently.
A look into the settings menu.
Google in their tour says with Chrome “you see your download’s status at the bottom of your current window.”
On a related note, I asked Scott McCloud – creator of the comic book introducing Google Chrome – some questions. Scott now put up a mini-FAQ on his site. He says he’d been working on the comic off and on “from March through August.” On the question of who came up with the visualizations, he says there was some “rough whiteboard sketching during the interviews” but that most were his though. Asked about how many of these comics were printed, Scott says it was just a limited run, and that he didn’t sign any yet. He adds this project was “a big challenge” considering he had “never done such a thing before.”
[Images courtesy of Google. Thanks Uval and Scott!]
The discussion continues in the existing forum thread.
[By Philipp Lenssen | Origin: Google Chrome Screenshots]