About two years ago, a developer mentioned that he uses Canary as his go to browser.
I never heard of Canary at that time, so after doing my research, I learned that there were other iterations of Chrome. I myself just use the normal stable release version, but if you are adventurous, you might want to try out Canary.

Google Chrome browser supports a number of different releases called channels.

Canary Channel:

  • Get on the bleeding edge of the web: Because the builds are released as soon as it is built. Meaning it is not tested and potentially may crash.
  • Canary has the newest of the new Chrome features. It’s used to test the most cutting edge features.
  • Be forewarned: it’s designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely.
  • Developers can work with newer Chrome features & APIs sooner.
  • As a result, a feature that appears one day in Canary may or may not appear in the build next day.
  • Canary build is installed separately. They can be run alongside the regular version of Chrome and it uses its own Chrome profile. As a result, your preferences, sync profiles, accounts, apps, etc. remain untouched. All of Chrome’s features are present, including Flash and PDF reader
  • Auto Updates almost daily.

Dev Channel:

  • You get to see what the Chrome team is currently working on. 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 Google is working on right now. There’s no lag between major versions, whatever code is used, you will get.
  • While this build does get tested, it is still subject to bugs, the team just want people to see what’s new as soon as possible.

Beta Channel:

  • For those, you want to see what’s coming next and is more stable than the Dev Channel.
  • It’s updated every week roughly, with major updates coming every six weeks, more than a month before the Stable channel will get them.

Stable Channel:

  • Also, know as Official Build – This version regularly gets updates automatically.
  • 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.

Download Chrome Builds here.

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Gerald Watanabe

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