For a while now, Windows users that find the Dev build of Chrome too stable for their liking have been able to live dangerously with the Canary build of Chrome. Now it seems that Canary will finally be available for Mac OS X Chromes users as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Canary build of Chrome, it’s the less publicized build of Chrome that’s pre-Dev. Basically it’s as close to Chromium as you can get without actually using the open source version. Canary is always a few a few numbers ahead of the Stable version. For example, currently the Stable build of Chrome is on version 11, while Canary is on 13.
Now that you know what Canary is, you might be happy to know that a Mac version finally seems to be close to launch.Peter Beverloo, a Chrome developer notes that Google seems to be preparing for a launch of a Mac build, though it obviously hasn’t been launched yet. There’s also evidence on the Google development forums. The image you see above came from those forums. It clearly shows the yellow Canary build logo on a Mac.
So, it seems that Canary will be on the Mac sometime in the near future. That’s great for developers who want to stay on top of the bleeding edge of Chrome, or for users who just want to test out features they’ll be seeing in the weeks and months to come. You won’t be able to make Canary your default browser, but that’s probably for the best.