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Changes to quality criteria for PWAs using Trusted Web Activity

June 25th, 2020

Trusted Web Activity will delegate some web app errors to native app crashes beginning in Chrome 86 Trusted Web Activities are Chrome’s recommended way to integrate fullscreen Progressive Web App content into an Android app. Unlike a WebView, a Trusted Web Activity is an instance of the Chrome browser and implements a complete and evergreen…

Improving Chromium’s browser compatibility in 2020

June 18th, 2020

Last year, MDN ran the 2019 Web Developer Needs Assessment (DNA) survey. The DNA survey drew responses from over 28,000 developers from around the world, together contributing more than 10,000 hours of insights into what is and isn’t working on the web today, and how the web needs to change to meet the needs of…

Chrome 83 Form Element Styles

June 2nd, 2020

There have been some aesthetic changes to what form elements look like as of Chrome 83. Anything with gradient colorization is gone (notably the extra-shiny <meter> stuff). The consistency across the board is nice, particularly between inputs and textareas. Not a big fan of the new <select> styling, but I hear a lot of accessibility…

Chrome 84 Beta: Web OTP, Web Animations, New Origin Trials and More

May 28th, 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 Chrome 84 is beta as of May 28, 2020. Web OTP API The Web OTP API…

Protecting Chrome users from abusive notifications

May 28th, 2020

Notifications on the web help users receive important updates for a wide range of applications including messaging, calendars, email clients, ride sharing, social media, and delivery services. Unfortunately, browser notifications can be used to mislead users, phish for private information, or promote malware. These abusive patterns fall into two broad categories, “permission request issues” and…

Background Patterns, Simplified by Conic Gradients

May 28th, 2020

For those who have missed the big news, Firefox now supports conic gradients! Starting with Firefox 75, released on the April 7, we can go to about:config, look for the layout.css.conic-gradient.enabled flag and set its value to true (it’s false by default and all it takes to switch is double-clicking it). Enabling conic gradients in…

Celebrating 10 years of WebM and WebRTC

May 27th, 2020

Ten years ago, Google planted the seeds for two foundational web media technologies, hoping they would provide the roots for a more vibrant internet. Two acquisitions, On2 Technologies and Global IP Solutions, led to a pair of open source projects: the WebM Project, a family of cutting edge video compression technologies (codecs) offered by Google… LIVE: A digital event over three days and three time zones

May 26th, 2020

Last week, my calendar was constantly alerting me to the fact that many of us would be gathering at Google I/O, and it definitely made me sad that we can’t be together in person right now! We have been so impressed with the role that web developers have played in these trying times, as they…

The Science Behind Web Vitals

May 21st, 2020

Web Vitals is an initiative by Google to help business owners, marketers, and developers alike identify opportunities to improve user experiences. These signals are guided by extensive work by many researchers in the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) and user experience (UX). But figuring out the right metrics and thresholds is not as simple as…

More intuitive privacy and security controls in Chrome

May 19th, 2020

Keeping you safe and secure online is part of Chrome’s DNA. Along with providing strong default protections, we aim to give you accessible, intuitive, and useful controls so you can make choices that are right for you. So, today we’ve started rolling out new tools and a redesign of Chrome’s privacy and security settings on…