Blink Rendering Engine for Chromium - Gmail Achieved 99.983% of Availability Mark

"Blink" new open source rendering engine for Chromium. Google "Gmail achieved "99.983%" uptime"--introduces Google Apps status dashboard. Gmail rolls out "past searches" in autocomplete predictions, new contact thumbnails.

WebKit, a lightweight yet powerful rendering engine that emerged out of KHTML in 2001-used as Chromium's rendering engine, since start has over the time slowed down the process as the Chrominum uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers -- so, Google has today introduced a new open source rendering engine called Blink.

Based on WebKit, Blink will bring little change for web developers. Google says, that it anticipate "to be able to remove 7 build systems and delete more than 7,000 files--comprising more than 4.5 million lines--right off the bat."

To learn more about Blink visit our project page.

In other Chrome news, Chrome for Android stable channel version 26.0.1410.58 update now contains a number of updates including:

You can now access your saved passwords and autofill entries on your phone and tablet when you've signed in to Chrome, just like you have been able to do on your desktop and laptop computers.

To try it out, make sure you're signed in to Chrome on both your desktop and mobile device, and let sync take care of the rest. In case you don't see this right away after upgrading, "give it a few days as we complete rolling out the feature to all of you on the latest version of Chrome," google stated.

In addition, the upgrade also fixed an issue where blank page would be loaded rather than URL, along with some performance and stability improvements.

In other google news, in a blog post Google's vice president of engineering touted the numbers of Google Apps and Gmail writes that millions of businesses around the world rely on Google Apps.

And that "Google Apps for Business, Education or Government, is now available to customer with a 99.9% uptime "guarantee", and "with zero scheduled downtime for maintenance"."

Further he notes, that the actual availability for Gmail was significantly better than this guarantee back in 2010 and 2011-however, in 2012, "Gmail achieved 99.983% availability while at the same time adding dozens of new features."

"This translates to an average of just over seven minutes of service disruption per month over the last year, and most users experienced no disruption at all," added Google exec.

Google has also created a new Google Apps status dashboard, a public website, for customer to see the current status of any Google Apps service, at any time.

google apps status dashboard

However, a Gmail feature dubbed "mail fetcher" that helps you pull emails from a secondary Gmail account --when tried shows the "authentication failed" message.

And, instead Google throws warnings in the main Gmail account, at the top of Google search pages, and even sent an email and an SMS message that read:

"Someone recently tried to use an application to sign in to your Google Account. We prevented the sign-in attempt in case this was a hijacker trying to access your account."

Google sent me to this page which read: "We detected activity on your Google Account from a location you don't usually sign in from," writes Alex.

The IP address is XXX.XX.XXX.XXX (

gmail mail fetcher warning

gmail warning when used mail fetcher

To fix this issue--just go to this page, click "Yes" and "Yes - Continue". Google then sends a confirmation message: "As a security precaution, Google may prevent an application from accessing your account if it's the first time we've seen this application sign in to your account, or if it's attempting to sign in from a new location."

You are then rendirected to this page, where you need to click "Continue" and "sign in using the application you want to authorize access to your account within the next ten minutes."

Google confirmation message to allows access to mail fetcher

Google confirmation message to allow applcation to use Google account

Update: Gmail has received improvments in search autocomplete predictions.

Now, when you search your email for "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" or other lengthy phrases, it just got easier to find what you're looking for--as "autocomplete predictions" in Gmail may now include your past Gmail searches.

In additon, to past searches, Google is also rolling out new contact thumbnails as shown below to all Gmail users globally, including Google Apps for Business customers, over the next few days.

new contact thumbnails in Gmail

Google Apps customers will now have access to autocomplete predictions in Gmail search boxes--and will now see predictions display when typing in Gmail search box.

Those predictions are based on the content of your email as well as past searches and contacts. So, if you always look for messages from your business partner or the title of your current project, you won't wear out the keys on your keyboard by repeating the same search.

For example, you may now see your coworker named Peter, your past search of annual report and announcement from a recent email you received after typing "pet" into the search box. If Peter is in your contacts, you'll see a picture of him and any other contacts to quickly make sure you're choosing the right person, such as someone at your company and not a reporter or competitor who has the same name," explains Google.