Google's Chrome 10 Beta is faster, boasts Chrome OS-like settings interface
The Chrome 10 Beta also has a "preliminary implementation of GPU-accelerated video," which will enable users with higher end graphics cards to rely on that hardware rather than a standard CPU processor.
"In full screen mode, CPU usage may decrease by as much as 80%," for computers with the appropriate graphics cards, Google said.
Chrome is released in three versions, which Google calls channels -- Dev, Beta and Stable. Dev is meant for developers adding new functionality to the browser, Beta is a public release with experimental featurers and Stable is the most polished (and ideally bug-free) version of Chrome.
Passwords can be encrypted, or not, and syncing takes place through Chrome's setting pane, which in Chrome 10 Beta is not a pop-up box but rather a tab opening in the browser, like a web page.
The redesigned settings pane brings Chrome 10 Beta stylistically in step with the Chrome OS browser.
Inside Chrome 10 Beta, Google has given settings individual URLs -- allowing users to jump to the settings options they want without having to run through a sequence of windows.
These changes, Google said, are intended to make settings easier to find and share with others that a user may be helping -- such as friends and family assisting one another in using Google Chrome over the phone. An example of such a situation can be seen in the video above.
-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Video: Google introduces its new Chrome 10 Beta settings interface. Credit: Goolge on YouTube
Image: A screenshot of the settings tab in Chrome 10 Beta.