Google Chrome has been around for a long time and over the years it has doubled as a web browser and super-light operating system – Chrome OS – and in these hours it has crossed a historic milestone, long-awaited and the subject of a teaser: Chrome 100 is rolled out at this moment in the Canary channel.
Google Chrome: Stages of a story
Just to briefly reopen the treasure chest, Google Chrome was released as a beta version in September 2008 and was initially only available for Windows. A birth that took place shortly after the start of the “second browser wars”, which saw the ten-year dominance of Internet Explorer gradually eroded by Firefox.
To be honest, the first rumors that Google was planning to launch its own web browser had begun to circulate as early as 2004; Eric Schmidt, who was initially opposed to this project, changed his mind when founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited developers from Mozilla Firefox to build the first prototype. The development of the Chrome project actually took off only in 2006 under the leadership of Sundar Pichai, current CEO of Alphabet Inc., as well as Google.
The launch and the rapid rise are known history, but far from trivial: Google Chrome ousted Firefox in 2011 and by 2012 everything was ready to grab the position of the most used browser in the world. In short, a bet could hardly have paid more. As if that were not enough, the goodness of the work carried out is well evidenced by the fact that Chromium, the open-source project that is the basis of Google Chrome.
Now also forms the basis of other important competitors such as Microsoft Edge, Opera and not only. In short, the current degree of extension of the Google browser domain is well evidenced by the fact that at this moment you may not use Chrome, but – unless you have an iPhone or an iPad in your hands – there is a high chance are you are reading this article on a browser that shares its base.
Google Chrome (Canary) 100: availability
Version number 100 of Google Chrome is unlikely to be revolutionary in terms of new functions brought as a dowry, but it undoubtedly constitutes a milestone in the history of the most known and used web browser on our planet. To be honest, the development team of the Mountain View giant will also have its work cut out to prevent a happy anniversary from turning into a big problem for various websites.
At present, the newest release number 100 is still limited to the Google Chrome Canary channel only. In any case, its availability has already been confirmed both for the Android operating system (v100.0.4845.0) and for Windows (v100.0.4846.0).
If you are not familiar with this version, know that it is the richest version of innovations but less stable and potentially buggy Chrome of all (unless you consider leaving directly from the Chromium source code), so it is far from suitable for everyday use.
How to update Google Chrome (Canary)
However, if – like myself – you want to download it for the simple pleasure of going to read the number “100” in Settings > About Chrome, know that the latest build of Google Chrome Canary for Android is already available for download both on Google Play Store and on APK Mirror, therefore you can download by clicking on the badge below or on this link.
Alternatively, you could wait for stable Google Chrome to cross the finish line, however, even with the new tighter pace, it will hardly be talked about before the end of March 2022.