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April 28, 2009

Gmail Runs Faster in Google Chrome

Google continues to inform us that all of its services run faster in Google Chrome. This time, Gmail shows a green bar that says: "Gmail runs faster in Google Chrome".


I'm not sure if Google's promotional video is convincing enough, but users who think that Gmail is slow or not fast enough will be curious to try Chrome.


{ Thanks, Rising Shixi. }

43 comments:

  1. BTW: There is still no official Mac or Linux version available. Now it's more than 6 months after the first public announcement. Not even a beta version.

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  2. Ubuntu daily builds of the Chromium browser - link. Recent Chromium builds for Mac - link. Untested and unfinished.

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  3. I'd use Chrome with Gmail more often if it weren't for the fact that it always ends up in an infinite loop and never loads. Even after I've cleared the cache the problem often returns. Chrome simply wasn't ready for prime time and without Apps it's pretty useless for me.

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  4. I think Gmail does run faster in Chrome. Google made sure of it. IE8 and Gmail still don't play nice, so I switched to Chrome when viewing my Gmail messages. I use Windows Live Mail and Gmail POP3, so I don't use Gmail's Web version that much, but when I log in with Chrome (backup browser), it does feel faster than with IE8 (default browser).

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  5. I would love to test if Gmail runs faster in Chrome but the Chromium browser (the only one available for Linux) isn't stable enough to use for much of anything.

    How is it that Google, a company that runs a ton of Linux, doesn't have their own browser running in Linux? Oh well.

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  6. I think just about everything will run faster in a faster browser. This is kind of obvious. Gmail will also run faster than IE 6-7-8 in the current and beta versions of FireFox.

    Since Safari and Chrome are based on the same webkit, it think it will be a tie here, but since I can't get a release version for my Mac's it's hard to tell. I don't have too much time for any more beta testing as I'm already looking at Safari 4 and trying to get some work done :)

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  7. Sidetrack: how do people get used to the way Google Chrome displays tabs when there are at least 20-30 of them open at the same time?

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  8. In my case, there's no doubt that Gmail runs faster in Chrome than it does in Firefox. The reason is also obvious in my case - when using Chrome, I am not running all the Firefox Add-ons and Greasemonkey scripts that make Firefox so indispensable to me!

    What a pity. I'd love to be able to have all that Firefox + Add-ons + Greasemonkey scripts functionality in Chrome, but it just ain't there. Even if it was, it would not necessarily be any faster or slower than a similarly-burdened Firefox.

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  9. until we get some tab management(tabmixplus) and scriptblocking(noscript) and some usable adblocking(adblockplus), firefox is still #1

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  10. Firefox with fasterfox plugin, is way much faster for Gmail. In other senses as well way better than Chrome. These are my personal deductions after using chrome for about past 3 months. Am back to Firefox now!

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  11. I love google chrome a lot ......but it always give me blue screen! Any idea why this happen? my pc running with 4G memory on xp pro

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  12. I wonder if TraceMonkey that's implemented in Firefox 3.5 will speed up gmail greatly.

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  13. Gmail doesn't run faster in chrome.

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  14. I agree that GMail runs faster with chrome. And Chrome just starts faster than Firefox (light browser). Adblockplus works perfect on Chrome. But I have to mention I use Iron which is build with chromium 2.xxx

    Downside is that I can't hide the ads from GMail, although I've got Adblock Plus working. In their script you see a exception for all google urls to not block ads. Even with commenting that code out, it doesn't work.

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  16. I really thing Google is overreacting with Chrome. It is not faster for me. I do like the interface and the general workflow better than others, but it really is not a fast browser - it does feel fast at times (creating new tabs, for example, most of the time), but it is not really that fast as they say it is.
    Perhaps it is simply my configuration (on four or five computers). Do not know.

    And it surely does not load as they show it does in that video clip.


    PhistucK

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  17. I use Chrome as my primary browser and I think it is faster than IE or FF most of the time. I can appreciate, however, that FF is so good because of the ability to add so much functionality, and that may have a speed implication.

    Bizarrely, a couple of days ago GMail started asking for permission to display images in my email again, even though I had already "Ok'd" these domains/addresses previously. But since then it does seem faster!

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  18. This is another plan of Google to Promote Google Chrome

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  19. It does run faster - but I doubt it's because they are 'better combination' - just that MS have configured IE to be anti-Google. Not only does IE often choke on gmail, but it makes it quite hard to choose Google as your default search engine. As ever, no-one has to work to steal IE users .... MS is happy to drive them away.

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  20. Att: Ryan Jarrett

    My gmail did the same thing with the pictures.. Anyone got an idea of what had happend?

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  21. It's so subjective, anyways. Like Microsoft claiming sub-minute boot times in Windows 7. On what kind of computer? Processor, RAM, and even hard-drive type and RPM can all make a difference. There's also a huge difference between pulling something up in Google Chrome installed on a fresh Windows install with nothing else running, and pulling something up in Google Chrome on a computer that's been used and abused with a bunch of apps and background processes running.

    And, like others have said, are we comparing this to a vanilla install of Firefox or Firefox with a bunch of extensions installed? Vanilla Firefox may be just as fast but no one runs it like that, whereas that's the only way Google Chrome can be run, since it doesn't support extensions currently.

    Then again, maybe I'm just pissy because Mac-support was left out in the cold. Maybe most of the world is using windows, but most of the code monkeys are using a Mac or Linux.

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  22. It does run faster, provided:

    a) Gmail actually loads (it sometimes just stays there with the progress bar filling, and you need to reload)

    and b) it doesn't just hang Chrome, with a crash of the Shockwave plugin.

    That said, I still use it almost exclusively now, which tells you it is pretty good anyway...

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  23. Lots of people complaining of Chome causing Gmail to hang or have the shockwave crash, but does anyone have a solution? It happens to me a lot too and I was hoping there was a fix. Also, it is faster on my machine, but not as fast as what I see in the video. Is there any reason running the developer build of Chrome would make it load Gmail *slower*?

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  24. FYI:

    Sometimes Chrome can stop at the loading bar of GMail, just hit refresh (F5) to resolve the problem.
    Others are claiming hangs in chrome, I experience the same. Mostly when switching accounts (logging out and then login with another account).

    Users who want to use chrome with scripts have to install the developer build, which is called chromium.

    Which scripts do work? Adsweep works fine. All other scripts (e.g. from userscripts.org) needs to be tested manually if it works with chromium.

    Back to topic... GMail runs faster on chrome. And it's just a perfect move from google to start advertising it, because it's true.

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  25. i see people complaining about no linux and mac support for chrome. thing is that you can either release software before it's finished and polish it off later or make sure that the software you release is solid. everybody know microsofts standpoint in this, like with vista.

    and beta is not an excuse to release something that is not finished.
    but please google, i really really really want chrome on my mac :)

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  26. You are right! Well I am pretty pleased about that - now about that Adobe security problem.... Thanks, crj

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  27. Well in the chrome that I use it takes only about 5-6 seconds to open Gmail.

    Firefox looks like a steam engine when compared to the bullet train that Chrome is.

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  28. Yes I agree. Its true, chroma is little bit slow then gmail. but better then explorer.

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  29. I'm just pissy because Mac-support was left out in the cold. Maybe most of the world is using windows, but most of the code monkeys are using a Mac or Linux.

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  30. Yes i am totally agree with this gmail run a bit faster on chroma.

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  31. Gmail, specifically, does run much faster in Chrome. It's not perception, is just because Chrome is the only browser which currently compiles Javascript (v8) and Gmail uses Javascript heavily. Firefox is going to have a similar feature, with 3.5.
    Microsoft propaganda about cnn.com or basic sites loading faster or equally fast is misleading, sites using complex Javascript will load faster with Firefox or Chrome. Microsoft doesn't care as much about Javascript because they focus on their propetary Silverlight add-on to provide complex interfaces, and they will be able to impose that due to their dominance.

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  32. I agree that GMail runs faster with chrome. And Chrome just starts faster than Firefox (light browser). Adblockplus works perfect on Chrome. But I have to mention I use Iron which is build with chromium 2.xxx

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  33. Seems to me Google webmail routinely crashes IE8, and Hotmail routinely crashes Chrome. Otherwise both work pretty nearly flawlessly and both very quickly, with no real distinguishable difference in speed between the two on my install.

    Makes me think it isn't a problem with either browser. Just the respective companies are configuring their webmail pages not to be compatible with the other's browser. Competition is getting dirty. First MS, then Apple followed suit, now even Google is getting petty. The computer industry is just not what its cracked up to be. Nothing works reliably, and mostly because grown-ups just can't get along. Worse than politics...

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  34. This is BS. Gmail doesn't run well in Chrome if you are simultaneously browsing in other tabs. Chrome doesn't keep it constantly live the way Firefox does, because it runs each tab as a separate process. So it will tell you there is a new message, except when you click on the Gmail tab, your screen gets stuck and takes awhile to refresh, because it's like switching to another program. This happens to me in gchat too, within my gmail window, I will go to switch tabs and answer someone and my cursor gets stuck.

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  35. I absolutely love chrome. It seems to run everything faster for me. only thing is, some things don't open up in chrome. ummm...

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  36. I think Gmail is just slow regardless what browser you use. But I like it over Yahoo mail.

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  37. Firefox is faster than Chrome, end of story.

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  38. It makes sense that Google would have their own email service run faster on their own browser than any other. However, it doesn't matter much to me because I use Chrome anyhow and I absolutely love it!

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  39. It appears that Gmail runs faster in Chrome than in Firefox, but it might depend on the number of Add-ons. With Faster-fox plugin, GMail seems much faster than with Chrome which definitely has a lot of room for improvement to catch up with Firefox. However, I will lookout for future Chromes

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  40. I like Gmail although it appears to be slow with some browsers - but this might depend on how many Add-ons there are. I certainly prefer it to some others,for example Yahoo mail

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  41. if your Gmail runs slowly, you might consider upgrading your machine.

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  42. Chrome for me is the best. When it comes to browser extensions Chrome really works best.

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