September 20th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome Dev Channel Chooser 1.0

Posted in Beta, Development Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

The latest release of Google Chrome version still considered as a beta software, albeit it might be running stable for 99% of the time. Google is very cautious at using the word “stable” as they did not want to perceive a release version to be buggy at any point in time.

To me, this latest version of Google Chrome works like a charm for me. However, to be adventurous, I suppose there must be some developing releases that we can try out, especially we know that Google Chrome is an open source web browser and users can even build them on their own.

Hence, it came to no surprise that CNET has mentioned it on their post. The developers at Chromium has constantly published new releases to the Dev channel, mainly for the developer community to test, contribute and improve on the Google Chrome application. Note that, Dev channel is meant for Web developers, Testers and anyone who can take risk (and I mean security risk). Running Dev version of Google Chrome opens your computer up to flaws and security loop-holes, that may remain undetected and unpatched.

To help in improving features and fixing the latest bug from a larger community, the developers have introduced an application, known as Google Chrome Chooser. Using this software, it allows Google Chrome users to switch and their browser to use Dev version, instead of just the beta release.

Following the procedure, users can access the site here to download the Google Chrome Channel Switcher (or alternatively, download the application from the link below). Follow the instruction below to activate Dev version on your Google Chrome.


  1. Download and run the Google Chrome Channel Chooser.
  2. Click the circle next to Dev.
  3. Click Update to save your choice.
  4. Click Close.
  5. In Google Chrome, click the wrench menu and choose About Google Chrome.
    Note: On Windows Vista, updates from the About box require Service Pack 1. With (the current release), on demand updates do not work in Vista SP1 if User Account Control is disabled.
  6. Click Update Now to install the current Dev channel release.
  7. Restart Google Chrome.

On the right are some screen-shots to walk you through the activation procedure. As you can see, the version now is However, do bear in mind that Dev releases can be very unstable as these are meant for developers and testers who would like to try out the application at the very early stage to pick out bugs and security fixes. Hence, do use it at your own risk.

Last but not least, Google Chrome is a very fast browser. I like the way it is being interfaced. The start-up is also pretty fast, and site-browsing is a breeze. The only issue could simply be third-party plugins, such as Flash and Shockwave, which may somehow slow down the browser slightly. Generally, with its V8 engine, that should be the king in the making in terms of browsing Javascript websites.

Download Application
Google Chrome Channel Switcher 1.1

4 Responses to “Google Chrome Dev Channel Chooser 1.0”

  1. media buff Says:

    it’s funny, the more i use Chrome, the more unstable it seems to get… crashes a lot more, can’t handle sites with flash, hangs every time i close a tab… all that to say, i’ve switched back to Firefox

  2. Keith Says:

    Hi Media Buff,
    I believe that is why Google still labels Chrome as beta. Are you currently using Dev version or Beta version? I have to agree with you that, upon switching to Dev version, the “crash” experience occur more frequently (normally with Flash-built sites) than the beta version. However, that should be expected, since Dev versions are undoubtedly the most unrefined stage, which is only meant for testers and developers.

  3. Laury Says:

    I’ve been using Chrome since it was officially announced on 3 different systems, with 3 completely different hardware configs. It is by far the fastest browser on all 3 systems and I have yet to experience any real issues… at all.

    The browser has never crashed once.

    Chrome still has some issues to work out (as far as the way it parses and processes data from web pages) but otherwise, it’s a stellar product.

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