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google-chrome-ballLast week, a fellow nerd finally persuaded me to make the switch. I must admit that all those years of IE-bashing had brought me and Firefox ever closer. Simply the idea of a better browser was inconceivable.

Back then, Chrome still lacked the customizability of Firefox. Without Google Chrome add ons and extensions, it just wasn’t enough. That soon changed. Now, almost every Firefox add-on has a Chrome extension counterpart.

So it was time to make the switch. Finally, newfound speed, flexibility – and extensions!

Imagine the disappointment when discovering that Chrome does not support extensions on Mac OS X. Worse, they actually were supported up to December, before Google decided to disable the feature.

Luckily, as of this week, impatient Mac Chrome users can turn to the Dev Channel for a solution.

Google Chrome Dev Channel

Google Chrome passes through two testing channels before being officially released. Most people know about application betas – the rough candidate, one step from release. Beta users can experience some bugs, but for the most part, the application just isn’t as ‘clean’ as you’d expect from a release version.


Before going beta, Google Chrome resides in the Dev Channel. This is the developer playground. Here they’ll try out new features that might or might not be. If they’ve got a wild idea, they’ll first give it a try in the Dev Channel.

923751___atomic__Obviously, these are two major steps in the production process. The Dev Channel releases are often very different from final releases; apart from rough edges, a lot of interesting Dev Channel features will never see the daylight of release.

Extension Support – Again!

Earlier this week Google released a Chrome build via the Dev Channel with, once more, support for Google Chrome add ons and extensions. The build also comes with a (still imperfect) bookmark sync, and fixed html5 audio/video streaming issues. More information here.

We usually don’t take too much issue with early builds like this, but you don’t need to be a programmer to install a Dev Channel build. Just point your current browser to the Dev Channel info page.

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Scrolling down, you can find the latest Dev channel build (dmg). It’s that easy. Just download and install it like you always do.

Gear Up

With the Dev Channel build up and running, it’s finally time to get yourself some Google Chrome add ons and extensions. Mark recently wrote about 5 Google Chrome Extensions That Could Finally Make Me Switch From Firefox 5 Google Chrome Extensions That Could Finally Make Me Switch From Firefox 5 Google Chrome Extensions That Could Finally Make Me Switch From Firefox Read More and before that, Saikat talked about his favorite 10 Extensions for Google Chrome 10 Cool Extensions for Google Chrome 10 Cool Extensions for Google Chrome Read More .

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No need to stop there, though – MakeUseOf hasn’t had a chance to take a look at all the cool extensions yet. In the meantime, you can already visit the Google Chrome Extensions page and have a look around. At the time of writing this article, there are already over 1,300 extensions available. Sure, that’s still far off from Firefox’s mark, but all things considering, they’re making good progress.

Help out your fellow MakeUseOf readers, and let us know your favorite Google Chrome extensions. Don’t be shy, give a shout in the comments section below!

  1. tiberiu
    January 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    I just wait to test this on a mac. Thank you

  2. Anon
    January 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    i dont know wat ur trying to say gregory. but i love my firefox and its add ons. cant use the net without it

    • gregory worth
      January 10, 2010 at 9:15 am

      hi Anon hope your holidays were good,Iam glad you have no problems this proves that my problem's with windows fire fox as a browser to many times was saying it could not find the server for the web site i wanted,when all the time i was on the sight but for example could not sign off i also had a problem could not get on to web site t.b.s or T.N.T for full episodes of programs i wanted to see after i had a chat line talk they let me in on also this gave me a virus for mail can not make copy's of my email under my account windows says it is a bug.This same bug is for tracking of cookies under a certain exc. file also i neeeded a plug in for t.n.t.they stopped this also.Again i am glad you have no problems

  3. gregory worth
    January 8, 2010 at 10:23 am

    i do not know about mac but i am on windows xp with respect
    fire fox is a scam in my opinion.i was using Linuux,service was slow,slow,slow i had changed to windows xp and goggle chrome is my browser the speed of my pc is faster then i read
    they improved it so i thought i would try again i wanted to use T.B.S and T.N.T ,it did not work the speed of my pc was slower then befor i spoke to a chat line and was able to use on google chrome. Fire Fox has said Chrome would be Fire Fox
    if it does i think Fire Fox would ruin a good thing and should leave it the hell alone with respect.there is a lot
    more but will not go into it

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