Currently Google Chrome’s experimental channels, Beta, Dev and Canary are separate installations. For example, if you install Beta, you will have the Chrome Beta as a separate browser alongside Chrome stable.
This might be changing.
Things might become more Chrome OS-like
A code commit I spotted today has the following comment:
“Handle channel flag in chrome setup to allow channel switching”
There is no feature request bug associated with this change. This makes it difficult to say the real intent behind this change. However, there are two possibilities.
One, we might get the same method as we have on Chromebooks. You will go to the Settings > About page and choose Beta or Dev from a dropdown. Google Chrome will then download the new version.
Restart Chrome, and you will be on the new channel.
Is this an installer change?
The second possibility, because this code change talks about the installer, might be this. There will be a single installer file for Stable, Beta and Dev channels. (Canary version will most likely continue to be a separate browser).
To install Beta or Dev version of Chrome, you will be asked to select a channel during the installation.
I feel that the first method is more likely. Here is a code comment that makes me think that way:
Which method do you think the Chrome team is going to follow here? More importantly, what might be the reason behind this change?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.