Get on the bleeding edge of Chrome to test and use the newest features and tools by setting it up next the stable release channel
Google Chrome has several channels available for download: stable, beta, dev (developer) and canary. In backwards order (the assembly line is canary, dev, beta, stable), this means that the web browser goes through four cycles before getting published as a final, stable, all-public-access version.
Users who are eager to test the upcoming Chrome version and get a glimpse of new features and improvements (although still buggy) may opt for the beta channel. The beta edition gives a preview of the latest tools while still being unpolished. Early feedback is welcomed, even if you're not a developer.
Get on the bleeding edge of Chrome
Because Chrome is based on the Chromium engine and because Chromium is open-source, developers are invited to test the dev and/or canary channels, report bugs and, ultimately make Chrome bigger and better before its stable release.
Out of the four, Google Chrome Canary is first to receive new features and tools, dedicated to both developers and early adopters. It's also the most unstable channel, likely to not only crash but also break down completely. However, it's important to know that some of its features might not make it to the stable release if tests show they're faulty or simply unsatisfying.
Can be installed with Chrome Stable side by side
Evidently, Canary is not recommended for regular use. In fact, Google makes it clear that Chrome Canary cannot be set as the default web browser, due to this reason. But, unlike beta or dev, the canary channel can be installed and used with the stable edition side by side.
Canary receives updates daily from a bot that automatically compiles and sends the latest structure of the source tree. This process isn't overlooked by a human, which is enough reason to explain why it's the most unstable Chrome channel.
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Chrome Canary is a frequently-updated experimental build of Google's flagship browser, that gets the latest changes before any other version.
Sounds good? Well, maybe, but there are problems. In particular, Canary's rapid updates come at the expense of manual testing, and so you may be trying out some new tweak that no human being has ever checked to confirm that it works. Sometimes this may work well, but even Google describe Canary as 'a highly unstable browser that will often break completely', so there are clearly no guarantees.
Still, you can install Canary to run alongside the regular version of Chrome, so there's no need to choose between the two. Jiffy lube open today. You can easily run Canary for general, ad-hoc browsing, turning to Chrome when you need to carry out important tasks, like online banking, or if Canary just seems too unreliable.
There's no need to worry about manual updates, either, as Canary will automatically update itself daily (well, more or less). And so if you're a Chrome fan, or would just like to see where the browser is going next, then the program could well be worth a look.
Note that this build is designed specifically for Windows 64-bit PCs.
Use with caution.
An interesting, if sometimes very unreliable look at upcoming Google Chrome technology