Mac users rejoice, you’re now going to be able to use special Google search tools for the Mac and Google’s Chrome browser is on the way! (Well, you may have to wait a little bit longer.)
CNet reports that Google’s Chrome browser for the Mac should be available before the first half of the year, as the deadline has extended and Google hopes to launch new versions of Chrome for the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems. Although it sounds like they have a long way to go.
The Mac and Linux versions are up to the level of a basic “test shell” that can show Web pages. But a test shell is pretty raw.
“That team now is able to render most Web pages pretty well. But in terms of the user experience, it’s very basic,” Rakowski said of the Mac version. “We have not spent any time building out features. We’re still iterating on making it stable and getting the architecture right.”
Google has however launched an experimental Quick Search Box for the Mac, an open source search box which Google has just released in a developer preview mode.
This Mac version is much more experimental than its iPhone sibling, Google Mobile App, and through it you will be able to see many of the areas we are exploring: contextual search, actions, and extensibility. It is by no means feature-complete, but is a very good indication of things to come.