Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following the launch of a 64-bit beta version of Chrome for Windows 7 and 8 users last week, Google has quietly added 64-bit support to Chrome Canary for OS X, the experimental build of its Chrome web browser designed for Mac users, and to its Mac Dev channels.

    As noted by The Next Web, the latest build of Chrome Canary, version 38.2114.2, has 64-bit clearly listed in the About section of the browser, but Google has not yet officially announced the addition of 64-bit support.

    According to Google, 64-bit support adds speed, allowing the browser to take advantage of the latest processor optimizations, and stability on Windows, with the same benefits likely available on the Mac.

    64-bit support for the Windows version of Canary arrived in early June, before making its way to Beta channels in late July, and it's possible 64-bit support for Mac could follow a similar timeline, eventually making its way to Google's stable Chrome browser.

    Article Link: Google Launches 64-Bit Version of Chrome Canary Browser for OS X
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    This was important, I can't remember why.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2014
    Porto, Portugal

    A few years late, and Safari clearly has become the better browser, on a Mac.

    However, I use Android, and since Chrome is very good I use it, instead. Let's just hope that Chrome stops stealing my Media Keys functionality!
  4. PocketSand11, Aug 5, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014

    macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    Hmm, I wonder how much RAM this will use if the 32-bit version already takes more than anything on my computer. On the bright side, it should load things more quickly. The closer the browser race is, the better.
  5. macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Yey. Sixty four bits web browsing!
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
    Screw Chrome, I use Safari
  7. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009
    Waiting for 128 bit Google Chrome.
  8. macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2009
    yeah there slow just like those LAGdroid devices..

    Finally Java support in Chrome for mac users :)
  9. newagemac, Aug 5, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014

    macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    Welcome to 2009, Google.

    I used to be a big fan of Chrome but it's amazing how far behind Chrome has become over the last few years. The speed and performance these days aren't even close. Safari 8 in Yosemite runs circles around Chrome while using far less battery and RAM.
  10. macrumors G3


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Better late than never.... no? :rolleyes::D
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2014
    Poor attempt. 0/10.

    My Note 3 makes the 5S look prehistoric when it comes to speed and stability.

    OT, good to see there's finally some improvements being made. Hopefully they add a little bit more than just 64bit support though, as the Mac version of chrome still leaves a lot to be desired. Either way, more choice for us consumers who aren't walled into Apple's little garden of control is always a good thing.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
    And iPhone 6 will make your note 3 looks and performs like a prehistoric device.... And the cycle continues... Nothing new here

    Edit: "android & stability" together? I don't believe they should go together in a sentence.
  13. macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2012
    When's the last time you used an Android device? Froyo?

    Anyway ... I'm glad they're finally doing this. Not sure what took them so long.
  14. macrumors 603


    Nov 26, 2007
    Because various other programs and plugins that previously played well with Chrome, when they were 32 bit, stopped playing well when they shifted over to 64 bit.

    As someone else said, welcome to 2009 Google. Seriously, what the hell took them so long? The mass transition to 64 bit began somewhere around 8 years ago, and most software finished it several years ago.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2011
    Lets face it. No it doesn't. :rolleyes:
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    Maybe they were using uint32_t all over the place to represent memory addresses instead of uintptr_t.


    +1 :D
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    I want to like and use safari but I hate the way the tabs are. They don't show the name or symbol of a website so I can't tell which tab is which. At least on the Yosemite preview that I currently am running. I don't like how they do a weird shift thing either. Prefer how chrome just makes them all the same size then smaller if you have that many open.

    Also don't like the delay when you hit forward or back. The internals of Safari might be better but I find it less user friendly.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2009
    About ****ing time Google.
  19. macrumors 68020

    Nov 10, 2007
    Yesterday (4.4.4). And the OP was right.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2014
    I've used my friends' devices running some version of JellyBean, and yeah, I have to agree that it's slow and unstable.


    Is the advanced HTML5 performance fast? I use Safari because it's faster for me, but it's happened a couple of times where I've had to use Chrome to use a site with special HTML5 content because it either wouldn't work in Safari or was slow. I'm looking at you, Megaupload. You don't need HTML5 to download a file. Sad, really, that we're reverting to the days of "this site looks best in Internet Explorer" except for Chrome.
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2012
    This must be for the iPhone's 64-bit processor.

    OS X has been 64-bit for 5+ years.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2010
    Argyll, Scotland
    This has been present in canary for some time. Furthermore it's in the dev version too and will be in the beta version shortly.

    Shoddy work as usual, macrumors.
  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    Yeah, I remember noticing this at least a week ago, surprised that I hadn't heard anything about it until now. :confused:
  24. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    I keep trying Safari, but I usually end up going back after realizing it still has the "inexplicably disappearing cursor bug". It also doesn't help that I prefer the layout of Inspect Element in Chrome, but that's more preference than anything. I'm hoping that Yosemite will help me move back but somehow I doubt it.

    At least I can finally get Safari to actually block popunders. :rolleyes:
  25. macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    No, thanks.
    Google already knows too much about me. No need to feed the fire. :mad:

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