Flash folded into latest Chrome beta

Google is promising a “hefty boost in speed” alongside Flash integration in the latest Chrome beta.

The search giant caused a stir earlier in the month when it announced plans to integrate the Flash plugin into Chrome in an effort to improve the security and stability of the player.

That change has now arrived in the beta, and Chrome users will automatically receive security and feature updates for Flash through Chrome’s auto-update mechanism.

By popular demand especially from avid Chrome extensions users, you can now install and use Chrome extensions while in incognito mode

Aside from Flash integration, Google’s boasting that its V8 JavaScript rendering engine is around 30% to 35% faster against the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks than the previous version.

The V8 benchmark is Google’s own Javascript test, while SunSpider was created by Apple’s WebKit group.

The beta also brings a clutch of useful additions to the browser. “Beta users can now synchronise not only bookmarks, but also browser preferences including themes, homepage and startup settings, web content settings, and language,” said software engineer Mads Ager on the Google blog.

“By popular demand especially from avid Chrome extensions users, you can now install and use Chrome extensions while in incognito mode,” he adds.

Under the hood, Chrome has embraced a number of HTML5 features including geolocation APIs, application caching and drag-and-drop.

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