Mac users eager to see what Chrome will look and feel like on their system in its native form can download an unofficially compiled Chromium build. It browses quickly, but Flash, preferences, and other features are MIA.
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Manu J writes that his compiled version, available for Intel Macs running 10.5 Leopard, edges out all comers in the SunSpider benchmark test, including the "3x faster than Firefox" Safari 4 beta. Seeing this build actually working inside the OS X/Cocoa shell indicates that a late 2009 public beta for Mac Chrome is a good bet, and Mac users who don't mind a little alpha action can see for themselves how it runs.
Manu lists what's working, and what's not, at his page linked below. He states that he plans to update his build "every two weeks, or if a new update is published to the mac status page." for Chromium developers.
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Native Google Chrome on Mac OS X: First Impressions [TechSutra via Gizmodo]