If Firefox is too slow for you now, Google Chrome might be worth it. I’ve used the Ubuntu Software Center since I started using Ubuntu last year to grab Chrome from the official open source channels, but lately it’s been outdated because Google releases Chrome at the speed of light.
Since the USC is slow to update you’ll end having to wait a much longer time to get updates. To fix this, skip the USC altogether and go straight to the source – Google. The Google Chrome website automatically detects the OS you are using so you have to do this on Ubuntu directly. Once there, do not click Download Google Chrome! Instead, look below it for Try the latest BETA version or
Get Google Chrome beta or developer releases which will ensure you always have a cutting edge more than up to date version of Chrome.
On the next page, you’ll see the Early Access Release Channels header. Scroll way down to Subscribing to a channel and then to Linux. Look for Beta Channel. You’ll need to pick either an x32 or an x64 version to download. Once you click the link, it’ll bring you to the beta release page and show you the Google Chrome terms of service. Accept and the download should start.
You’re downloading a .deb file so it is basically an installer. If it doesn’t open automatically upon finishing, just go to your downloads folder and click on it a few times. Once the installer is open, click Install Package and then enter your password if prompted.
Once it’s installed, you should take a look in the Applications menu:
Applications > Internet > Google Chrome. You’ll see the new Google Chrome browser right there.
Another thing I’d like to point out is the difference between the icons. Looking at the icons – the bland blue washed icon is the open source Chromium while the colorful icon is the true Google Chrome.
Now you can use Google Chrome and it’ll be always mostly updated!
Finally, I was looking for a reliable way to transfer or import the Chromium profile into the newer Chrome. However, on Linux, it doesn’t appear to be very straight forward so I’ll leave that for another day.
Enjoy Google Chrome on Linux!