Google Chrome was released yesterday. This puts to rest any debate in my mind as to whether Google was slowing down!
As for the browser, I've been using it for a day now. I love the fresh UI. Putting the tabs on top makes great sense. The "incognito" privacy mode is a simple and awesome idea. Highlighting the "http" in green and the main domain name in dark black in the address bar is really nice. And the performance is lightning quick.
But I won't be ditching Firefox for it any time soon. First, I depend daily on so many useful Firefox add-ons that I can't possibly imagine leaving them behind. Second, Chrome is only available on Windows. One thing I love about Firefox is that it is pretty much the same on Linux, Mac, and Windows.
Hopefully Google will get its wish and Firefox will copy some of their ideas into a future release of Firefox!