First Chrome 100 builds appear in Canary, hitting 3-digit milestone





An important milestone is approaching


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Google Chrome has been with us for a long time as a lightweight browser and operating system, and today it’s an achievement. A milestone we’ve been waiting for is now teased – Chrome’s first triple-digit release, Chrome 100, is now rolling out to the Canary Channel.

For a bit of history, the browser was first released in beta in September 2008 – Windows only, to begin with. This was shortly after the start of the so-called “Second Browser Wars” which saw Internet Explorer’s dominance of nearly a decade begin to be eroded by Firefox. Rumors that Google was planning to make its own browser started circulating in 2004 – then-CEO Eric Schmidt initially opposed it, but changed his mind after founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin called on a group of Mozilla Firefox developers to build an initial prototype. . The Chrome project began development in 2006, led by Sundar Pichai, who would go on to become the current CEO of Google.

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After its release, the browser quickly gained momentum, overtaking Firefox in 2011, and by 2012 it was poised to become the most widely used web browser in the world, so it’s safe to say that Google’s gamble paid off. . Moreover, Chromium, the open source project that Chrome is based on, now also serves as the basis for other browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Opera, etc. So even if you’re not using Chrome, if you’re not on an iPhone or iPad, chances are you’re reading this in a browser that’s based on it anyway – it’s become this dominant.

While Chrome’s 100th version isn’t meant to be particularly groundbreaking in terms of features, it’s still a significant digital milestone — and one that could cause problems for some websites. The latest version v100 is limited to the Canary branch, and we’ve confirmed it’s available for Android (v100.0.4845.0) and Windows (v100.0.4846.0) – you can download the former from the Play Store or APK Mirror. If you’re unfamiliar, Canary is the most advanced, unstable, and potentially buggy version of Chromium, unless you’re building Chromium directly from current source, and we don’t recommend trying it just to enjoy the great new number.

Since Chrome 100 is only available in the Canary Islands, it will still be some time before we see it rolling out to the stable branch. At this point, expect a bit more fanfare from Google. With the new, faster release schedule, Chrome 100 should reach stability by the end of March, barring any delays.


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