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Stable/Dev Channel Updates for Chromebooks – Dev Channel Update for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame

Today, saw flood of Chrome’s updates including dev channels and stable channels on desktop and Chrommoks. Here’s what has been changed:

First, the Chrome team has announced the release of Chrome 13 on the Stable Channel for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).

Here’s the Release highlights of Chrome version 13.0.782.108 (Platform version 587.100):

  • Supports new Chrome 13 functionality
  • Google Cloud Print settings added to Settings > Under the Hood
  • Allow auto-connect using 3G
  • Remove/forget added VPN connections
  • L2TP IPSec with pre-shared key support
  • More SSH options in crosh
  • 802.1x support
  • Allow USB mounting of Android
  • Crash fixes
  • Security updates

Second, Chrome team released the Chrome 14.0.835.19 (Platform version: 811.18) on the Dev Channel for Samsung Series 5 and Cr-48.

Release highlights:

  • More panel size fixes
  • Print improvements
  • Fix problem with sad tab page resource loading
  • Fixed the size of take photo dialog

Finally, the Dev channel has been updated to 14.0.835.18 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame. “This release contains fixes for print preview and other stability issues.”

Full details about what changes are in this build are available in the SVN revision log.

If you are interested in switching to the Beta or Stable channels, just follow, read the guide below, select your channel and follow the steps written under.

How to change my channel?

  • Stable channel: This channel has gotten the full testing and blessing of the Chrome test team, and is the best bet to avoid crashes and other issues. It’s updated roughly every two-three weeks for minor releases, and every 6 weeks for major releases.
  • Beta channel: If you are interested in seeing what’s next, with minimal risk, Beta channel is the place to be. It’s updated every week roughly, with major updates coming ever six weeks, more than a month before the Stable channel will get them.
  • Dev channel: Want to see what’s happening quickly, then you want the Dev channel. The Dev channel gets updated once or twice weekly, and it shows what we’re working on right now. There’s no lag between major versions, whatever code we’ve got, you will get. While this build does get tested, it is still subject to bugs, as we want people to see what’s new as soon as possible.
  • Canary build: Canary builds are the bleeding edge. Released daily, this build has not been tested or used, it’s released as soon as it’s built. Because there’s no guarantee that it will even run in some cases, it uses it’s own profile and settings, and can be run side by side another Chrome channel. By default, it also reports crashes and usage statistics to Google (you can disable this on the download page).

Note: Early access releases (Canary builds and Dev and Beta channels) will be only partly translated into languages other than English. Text related to new features may not get translated into all languages until the feature is released in the Stable channel.

Steps to switch channels:

Before you switch, you should make a backup of your profile (bookmarks, most visited pages, history, cookies, etc). If you ever want to switch back to a more stable channel, your updated profile data might not be compatible with the older version.

Make a copy of the User Data\Default directory (for example, copy it to ‘Default Backup’ in the same location). The location depends on your operating system:

Windows XP:

  • Stable, beta, and dev channels: \Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • Canary builds: \Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome SxS\User Data\Default

Windows Vista or 7:

  • Stable, beta, and dev channels: \Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default
  • Canary builds: \Users\username\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\User Data\Default

Mac OS X:

  • Stable, beta, and dev channels: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default
  • Canary builds: ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome Canary/Default
  • Linux: ~/.config/google-chrome/Default

Incase, if you need more information, you can refer this page Chrome Release Channels.

[Source: Chrome Releases]

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