Google’s Chrome web browser will be getting some new enhancements to its rendering engine and security in the near future. According to the release notes for Google Chrome beta, the browser will have now support hardware-accelerated 3D CSS, which will increase the performance of the browser when surfing sites with 3D effects done using CSS.
Safe Browsing has also been improved, and now protects users from downloading malicious files by using fancy algorithms for checking downloads as it does when checking for phishing and malware websites. The best part is, Google does it without ever needing to know the URLs you visit or the files you download. Chrome will also let you delete Flash Local Shared Objects (LSOs) from the browser itself, increasing your control over your online privacy.
Chrome will also feature improved screen reader support, for folks who are blind or visually impaired will find that popular screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver now work better with Chrome.
Lastly, the Google Gears plug-in has been removed. With HTML5, Google Gears has been made redundant and therefore not needed anymore. These updates are now available on the Google Chrome beta channel, so those of you who are curious or interested in trying out the new features can download it now. For the less impatient, these features will eventually be a part of the next Google Chrome stable release.