Chrome Won’t Support Mac OS X Leopard
Apple’s operating system Mac OS X version 10.5 won’t bear the new version of Chrome. Chrome browser developers focused on implementing webcam and gamepad support. A short while ago Google has released Chrome browser for iOS together with the Android version.
Just after Apple released the last version of Mac OS X (10.8) named Mountain Lion, Google announced that its web browser will not support the old version of OS X (10.5) anymore. The Leopard version 10.5 was released in 2007 as the successor of Tiger (10.4) born in 2005. Nowadays Apple rolls up new OS updates every year, while Chrome updates arrive much more often – about every six weeks.
The last version of Chrome (22) is expected to come in three months; it should be a mainstream and stable version. One of the Chrome team members, Jason Kersey, has written in his blog that users have to remember that new release won’t be available for Mac on 10.5 or lower.
Google also announced that the beta-version of Chrome 21 has two useful features to support better matching the web apps with native apps features.
Google team worked on GetUserMedia interface that gives programmer tap access to camera and microphone connected to computer. It’s quite significant for creating the web apps with a videoconference or voice chat and also for new online services that allow to take snapshot for a profile picture.
Another thing that Chrome team is working on is a support for the Gamepad interface that allows using gamepads for web-based games.
Such web browsers as Mozilla and Opera are also planning to develop these interfaces, before such tasks were available with the help of Adobe Flash Player. So interface developments are important and can help to move beyond the Flash Era.