Google returns Chrome to beta, touts speed boost

From InfoWorld: Google has reversed last December's decision to ditch the beta label from its Chrome browser , saying it is restoring the moniker to some builds to get faster feedback to developers.

"Since we took the 'beta' tag off Google Chrome in December, we've been updating two release channels: developer and stable," said Brian Rakowski, a Chrome product manager, in a new blog Google that kicked off Tuesday. "With our latest release, we're re-introducing the beta channel for some early feedback."

Google stripped the beta label from Chrome in mid-December, a little more than three months after it debuted its browser, saying then that the application was ready for prime time. Some users, however, disagreed.

In January, Google announced it was revamping how it distributed Chrome, and said it would offer three separate "channels" to users: a finished, stable build; a beta build; and a developer preview build. In actuality, it only supplied builds to two of those channels: stable and developer preview.

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