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Chrome 88: Digital Goods, Lighting Estimation in Augmented Reality, and More

December 3rd, 2020

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 88 is beta as of December 3, 2020. Digital Goods API Chrome now supports an…

Transparent privacy practices for Chrome Extensions

November 18th, 2020

Protecting users and their data is a fundamental aspect of the work we do on Chrome. Last year, as part of Google’s Project Strobe, we announced an important set of policies for extensions to protect users and their data. These policies require extensions to request only the permissions needed to implement their features. Additionally, we…

Tab throttling and more performance improvements in Chrome M87

November 17th, 2020

Even if you have a lot of tabs open, you likely only focus on a small set of them to get a task done. Starting in this release, Chrome is actively managing your computer’s resources to make the tabs you care about fast—while allowing you to keep hundreds of tabs open—so you can pick up…

Reducing abusive notification content

October 21st, 2020

Although notifications on the web are useful for a variety of applications, they can also be misused for phishing, malware, or fake messages that imitate system notifications for the purpose of generating user interactions. In Chrome 86, we’ve expanded on previous efforts [1] [2] to improve the quality of the web notification ecosystem by adding…

A Primer on the Different Types of Browser Storage

October 21st, 2020

In back-end development, storage is a common part of the job. Application data is stored in databases, files in object storage, transient data in caches… there are seemingly endless possibilities for storing any sort of data. But data storage isn’t limited only to the back end. The front end (the browser) is equipped with many…

Chrome 87 Beta: WebAuthn in DevTools, Pan/Tilt/Zoom, Flow Relative Shorthands and More

October 15th, 2020

Unless otherwise noted, changes described below apply to the newest Chrome Beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows. Learn more about the features listed here through the provided links or from the list on ChromeStatus.com. Chrome 87 is beta as of October 15, 2020. WebAuthn Tab in DevTools Testing web authentication…

Chrome is deploying HTTP/3 and IETF QUIC

October 7th, 2020

QUIC is a new networking transport protocol that combines the features of TCP, TLS, and more. HTTP/3 is the latest version of HTTP, the protocol that carries the vast majority of Web traffic. HTTP/3 only runs over QUIC. QUIC was initially developed by Google and first announced in 2013. Since then, the protocol has matured…

Progress on Privacy Sandbox and building a more private web

October 6th, 2020

Last year we announced a new initiative (known as Privacy Sandbox) to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web. With Privacy Sandbox, we’ve been exploring privacy-preserving mechanisms with the web community that protects user data and prevents intrusive cross-site tracking. Our aim is to preserve the vitality of the…

4 reasons to set Chrome as your default browser on iOS

September 28th, 2020

With iOS 14, you can now change your default browser (the browser that automatically opens links) to Chrome on your iPhone or iPad. If you already use Chrome on your computer, Chrome on iOS delivers the same familiar and easy-to-use experience, with a look and feel that’s right at home on your iPhone or iPad. Here are…

Changing the Chrome on iOS User Agent for Request Desktop Site

September 14th, 2020

Chrome on iOS sends two different User-Agent strings, depending on the version of the site being requested by the user. In M84 and earlier, the User-Agent string sent when the Request Desktop Site option was selected matched the string used by Safari Desktop. Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_13_5) AppleWebKit/605.1.15 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/11.1.1…