Google's '30% faster' Chrome is just the 2.0 beta released as RTM
Up until today, Google had been distinguishing between development tracks 1 and 2 of its Chrome Web browser. Track 1 (last known build version 184.108.40.206) was the company's production edition, though a link on the same page where you could download 1.0 could take you to the "test" version instead, version 220.127.116.11. Google's always had interesting variations on the "beta" theme.
The difference that some users will see is that there's no test version choice anymore; Google's download page takes the user straight to 18.104.22.168 for the first time. Gone are the links to the 1.0 editions, and users with 1.0 builds may (or may not) notice their browsers are being updated as we speak. In fact, in Betanews tests Thursday afternoon, Google's server download speed was nothing anyone would want to shout from the rooftops about.
As for anyone who's been confused by the version numbers, Fisher added, "We're referring to this as Chrome 2, but that's mainly a metric to help us keep track of changes internally. We don't give too much weight to version numbers and will continue to roll out useful updates as often as possible."
Betanews tests (which do not use Google's own V8 benchmark algorithm, preferring to use independently developed or derived tests instead) show the latest build of Google Chrome 2 to be about 16.3% faster than Chrome 1 on an identically configured test virtual system. Prompted by reader requests, Betanews is building a new physical test platform that will enable us to gauge performance under different versions of Windows on the same hardware.