Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) moved Chrome version 16 out of beta
and into the stable channel, Dec. 13, offering 15 bug fixes and adding the
ability to sync the browser for multiple user accounts on the same Chrome
As far as paid flaw discoveries goes, Chrome 16 was a
lightweight. Google only paid out $6,500 for security bug discoveries, compared to $26,511 for 18 security flaw finds paid out for Chrome 15.
For the latest round of flaw discoveries, Google paid $1,000 apiece for: high-risk URL bar
spoofing; use-after-free bugs in SVG
filters and range handling; a buffer overflow in PDF font handling; an out of
The biggest advancement for Chrome 16 is the extension of the browser’s sync tool to allow more than one user to sign into
Chrome on the same computer, port all of their bookmarks, extensions and
applications to any computer, and make changes to those tools as they see fit.
This will accomplish two things. One, it will save users
of a shared computer from having to download and install software and type in
Two, it will prevent bookmarks, apps, and extensions from
getting mixed up with everyone else’s and ensure the right Chrome content syncs
to the right devices.
Finally, Google also upgraded its Chrome Web Store again. Chrome app shoppers can now
filter app title by the most popular and highest-rated apps. Users may also
find new programs via the related tab, and check out winter holidays and new
year app genres.
Chrome is on a roll, having jumped to 18 percent market share through November,
according to Net Applications.
Google Chromebooks, on the other hand, appear to be suffering from some
sluggish sales as consumers appear to be more interested in tablet computers.
Samsung and Acer have each discounted their Chromebook models to pull in more
holiday sales this year.