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Google Chrome is available in 50 languages, but that's not the only thing international about it. The browser was developed by open-source contributors and Google engineers from around the globe, including our Tokyo office.

Engineers at Google Japan developed the Navigational Suggest feature that makes it faster to get where you want to go. For example, if you type "tokyo tower" into the Omnibox, the nifty search and address bar, you'll see a suggestion that will take you directly to the landmark's official website.



Our Japanese engineers also figured out how to speed up Google Chrome's rendering of double-byte languages like Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.

Since comics (or manga) are quite popular in Japan, we thought Japanese users would enjoy a comic book about the contributions of our local team. So we created a brand new issue of our comic book in Japanese. Even if you can't read Japanese, I think you'll enjoy it.




The illustrations are by a talented Japanese artist named Yutanpo Shirane, who picked up right where the first comic left off.

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Google Chrome's New Tab page is designed to help you get to where you're going, faster. In the following video, I'll show you an overview of how it works and the newly added ability to remove items from the page.



Posted by Glen Murphy, Google Chrome team

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A few weeks ago, a few of us on the Google Chrome team decided to experiment with creating the Google Chrome icon out of different objects. We started off simple, using things like spoons and balloons, and eventually progressed to more elaborate creations, using stop-animation and other video effects. We even created a cake!



We know from past experience that users are the ones who come up with the coolest stuff. So with that, we now turn the challenge to YOU to make a video showing the formation of the Google Chrome icon in a big, unusual or creative way.

Imagine a bird's eye view of a parking lot with carefully arranged cars, coordinated outfits in a stadium's bleachers, a 10,000 M&M mural, etc. We are excited to see what you come up with and we'll showcase the best submissions!

Here are the details:
  • You have until July 22 to submit your video
  • Users from all over the world are invited to participate
  • The best entries will be featured on Google & YouTube
To start you thinking, here's a quick video of our team's experiments. It also includes two great ideas from FlippyCat and Anna the Red:



To learn more and submit your video, visit google.com/chromeicon09.

Posted by Jason Toff, Google Chrome team

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Looking at usage statistics, we've noticed that many users don't take full advantage of the search capabilities of the Omnibox, our combined search and address bar. So we decided to make the following short video to show you the basics of how it works. I hope you enjoy!



Posted by Ben Goodger, Google Chrome team