Google has moved to a beta phase with its WebGL 3D graphics API for JavaScript, the company said on Thursday.

Featured in the Google Chrome beta channel, WebGL is based on OpenGL ES 2.0 API for embedded, accelerated 3D graphics. WebGL brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser without installing additional software, Google said. "WebGL is a 3D graphics API for JavaScript that developers can use to create fully 3D Web apps," said Kenneth Russell, of the Google  Chromium Team, in a blog post.

"Google, Mozilla, Apple, Opera, and graphics hardware vendors have been working together to standardize WebGL for over a year now, and since the spec is just about final at this point, we wanted to get our implementation out there for feedback," Russell said.

Google expects developers to quickly build a lot of WebGL content. The company is showing demos using the technology, including Body Browser, which is a human anatomy explorer, and Music Visualizer, a jukebox that synchronizes 3D graphics to the beat of music. Demos can be found at the Chrome Experiments website.