Google Canary - Quick Take

Google Canary – Quick Take

Google Canary   Quick TakeHey! Have you heard about that cool new browser, Canary? Uhhhh…just kidding, sort of. Yes, the next generation of Google browser is in beta. Google Canary is Chrome with all the latest features but beware, it is still in testing so be prepared.

Not for the faint of heart
Canary is designed for developers and early adopters, and can sometimes break down completely.

One of the smart things Google has done is allowed for side-by-side installs. That means you can install Google Canary right along side Google Chrome and go back and forth between them. (See the preferences screenshot below. Both running at the same time) I believe this is a good fore-thought and will allow more folks to test Canary because they won’t be afraid of what they will do if something doesn’t work.

Sign-In and Sync

Upon installing Google Canary and firing it up for the first time, I logged into my Google account and the synchronization of apps, bookmarks, settings, extensions, etc… all began automatically. After the first sync completed, I must say that the surfing experience does seem to be a little bit snappier than Chrome albeit just slightly and without empirical results to prove one way or the other.

Monotonous Button Clicking

Google Canary   Quick TakeThe one pain point I found was after I shut down Canary and then restarted it for the first time. On the Mac, it was a laborious and painful process to allow each and every site that I have saved a username/password in Chrome to save to the keychain. (Guessing that to allow for the side-by-side install that Canary and Chrome use different keychain entries.) Why isn’t there a one-time accept all button. I know, this is not necessarily a Google Canary specific issue but I would think the brilliant minds at Google would find a way to keep us from having to click Allow or Allow All a gazillion times. Thankfully this is a one-time process.

Preferences

Most of the improvements are ones that might go a bit unnoticed if you are already running the latest Google Chrome versions. One that you will see is in the way the preference settings are laid out. A more clean, and sparse experience with less tabs is what we saw during our initial wanderings. Browser history is easily accessible in its own tab and navigable in descending date order.

Google Canary   Quick Take

Side by side Canary vs Chrome preferences layout.

 

User Profiles

Support for user profiles – Canary supports multiple user profiles with different bookmarks and settings per user. Add and remove user profiles in the preferences pane. You can then change the profile in use from the “wrench” icon and clicking the name of the user you are current signed in as. On Windows, there is a profile dropdown in the top right window area.