Chrome: Faster than a speeding potato

May 4, 2010: 5:28 PM ET

Google tests its Chrome browser upgrade against a litany of zany speed trials.  Long story short: It is fast.

There are a lot of different ways to tests a browsers speed.  Webkit's Sunspider is a pretty good way to check the speed of Javascript rendering.   The V8 Benchmark is another great way to test Javascript rendering.  In both of these tests, below, Google's new Chrome shines.

But how does it do against a potato gun, or a drum splashing acrylic paint?  Or good old fashioned electricity?  Find out below.

Update: The final video has been posted.

Today's Chrome update isn't just about speed, Google added HTML5 features like Geolocation APIsApp Cacheweb sockets, and file drag-and-drop capabilities.

Also, this version of Chrome has an integrated version of Flash which will be updated from Chrome, not externally by Adobe.  It promises to be more stable and secure.  That's something Steve Jobs could certainly appreciate.

To try out all these new features, download Chrome on the Windows beta channel, or download the Mac or Linux betas.

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Seth Weintraub
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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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