Google Chrome 9 beta is now available and comes with a lot of new features.
The built-in Adobe Flash plugin is now sandboxed, just like Chrome extensions and tabs. “The sandbox adds an additional layer of protection to further guard against malicious pages that try to hijack your computer or steal private information from your hard drive. Based on this groundwork in the beta, we’ll be bringing the sandboxed Flash Player to Chrome for Mac and Linux in future releases as well,” explains Google. Right now, the sandboxed Flash plugin is only available if you use Windows.
Chrome 9 also enables WebGL support by default. “WebGL is a new web technology that brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser without installing additional software” and it can be used to create cool applications like Google Body Browser, Field, Aquarium and more. It’s based on OpenGL ES 2.0 API, which should be familiar to many 3D graphics developers. You can find these and other demos in the new Chrome Experiments Gallery for WebGL demos.
With this beta, you can turn on Chrome Instant (