Chrome has made the jump in its stable version from 4.1 to 5.0. While not including some of the things introduced in the 5 series betas, like the auto-updating Flash, it does include many of the other things brought about between revision 4.1 and 5.0.

Lots of people will want to try this out, and those who eschew  the dev versions will now have a reason to upgrade. This version is out for all platforms supported.

[TechConnect]

Google has made another Chrome leap today by updating the browser’s stable build to 5.0.375.55 to provide users with even more speed and stability, less bugs, plus extra HTML5 features like geolocation, file drag-and-drop in Gmail, App Cache and web sockets.

In addition to those listed above, this new Chrome release comes with the ability to synchronize browser preferences (themes, homepage settings, web content settings, preferred languages), with an extensions manager, and fixes for the following bugs:

– [7713] Canonicalize URLs closer to the Safe Browsing specification.

– [16535] Possible URL bar spoofing via unload event handlers.

– [30079] Memory error in Safe Browsing interaction.

– [39740] Bypass of whitelist-mode plugin blocker.

– [41469] Memory error with drag + drop. Credit to kuzzcc.

– [42228] Incorrect execution of Javascript in the extension context.

Chrome 5.0.375.55 is available for Windows , Mac OS and Linux .

For those of us that use a variation, like SRWare’s Iron, or Comodo’s Dragon, we cannot help but wonder how long it will be before a non-beta version based on the Chromium 5 code will come out. Dragon is currently at 4.1.1.8 and Iron is at 5.0.326, though the version of Iron is called an alpha, I have had no problems whatsoever with it. Still, many of the things in Chrome 5 are not yet included, so I would expect an Iron 5.x that is stable early next month.

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