Google entered the open source Web browser business when it launched Chrome in September. When many observers said Chrome wasn't as wonderful as the pre-launch hype made it out to be, CNET News blogger Matt Asay said the browser needed a community.
Apparently, Google has decided the browser needs an extension system. That's what the company has proposed to developers involved in the open source project, and that's what they're preparing to launch, according to InformationWeek. The move would give Chrome the same level of customization Firefox offers, thus taking away one of Firefox's competitive edges.
Moreover, the system, under which third-party developers would be able to submit applications that add to Chrome's functionality, might also be a step toward creating the community the browser needs.