Rene Schaefer, May 3, 2011
Google has released a version of Google Chrome Canary for Mac. Meant to run alongside your stable Google Chrome version, Canary is a pre-Dev build of the popular browser, available for everyone curious about the browser’s bleeding-edge features and improvements.
Google Chrome Canary is not the current dev — or beta — version of Google Chrome. Canary is a stand alone application that runs separately from any other Google Chrome application. This means that you don’t have to be afraid of any flaws that might come with a pre-release version since you still have your stable version installed. You can switch back to the stable edition of Chrome at any time.
In a blog post on the Chromium Blog, Google says that last year’s release of Google Chrome Canary for Windows has helped them with the development of Chrome. On first launch, Canary asks you if you are ok with it collecting and sending data back to Google’s lab. They do this to give the developers the feedback they need to improve Chrome.
Canary will update more frequently than Chrome since the releases are not manually tested before they are published. You can expect unsuitability, crashes and random instability, hence the release of Canary as a stand alone app. If you want to use one of Chrome’s best features, syncing between different machines, you don’t need to worry — you can set up sync in the browser’s settings.
Because we expect it to be unstable and, at times, unusable, you can run it concurrently with a Dev, Beta, or Stable version of Google Chrome. Your Canary data remains separate, but if you set up Sync in each version of Chrome that you use, you can automatically continue using the same set of bookmarks, extensions, themes, and more.
I used Canary for a few hours and didn’t notice any problems. But, there doesn’t seem to be any new features or any improvements either. The preferences seem to be identical to all other versions of the browser. I couldn’t find any new top-secret features in the about:flags section. I’d suggest you just download Google Chrome Canary and give it a go. If you notice anything new and noteworthy, let us know in the comments below!Follow @macgasm