"Google usually positions this stuff as being user friendly, and for the most part it is," said Dawson in an email reply to questions. "But to the extent Google makes these value judgments on behalf of users, there's always the potential that it could have negative side effects."
Chrome's beta branch is currently on v. 44. The stable build is now v. 43, and could be upgraded to the next version number as soon as this month.
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