Google have thrown their hat in the browser-ring, which many have predicted. [Chrome] should be coming soon to downloads near u.
Like anything released from google, people expect it to change the world (now thats some heavy expectation-anxiety) but if nothing else it will be interesting to watch. Their comic intro is fairly comprehensive, and mixes healthy amounts of "eureka" with "this is still a hard problem".
I like the promise of the cartoon.. but the addition of [built in] [google gears] integration makes me think that this snippet might not be as true as the cartoon dude would have liked.. Ahh.. so much fiddling.. so little time..