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Manage audio and video in Chrome with one click

January 16th, 2020

We’ve all been there: You have lots of tabs open and one of them starts playing a video, but you can’t figure out which one. Or you’re listening to music in your browser in the background and want to change the song without stopping your work to find the right tab. With Chrome’s latest update,…

Moving Forward from Chrome Apps

January 15th, 2020

The web platform has made substantial progress since the launch of Chrome Apps in 2013. As community members, we continue to work with other browsers and invest to bring rich new capabilities to the platform, as seen in the announcements made at the Chrome Developer Summit last November. The progress of modern browsers puts the…

Building a more private web: A path towards making third party cookies obsolete

January 14th, 2020

In August, we announced a new initiative (known as Privacy Sandbox) to develop a set of open standards to fundamentally enhance privacy on the web. Our goal for this open-source initiative is to make the web more private and secure for users, while also supporting publishers. Today, we’d like to give you an update on…

Introducing quieter permission UI for notifications

January 7th, 2020

Notifications on the web enable users to receive important updates even when they are not interacting with a website. Notifications are an essential capability for a wide range of applications including messaging, calendars, email clients, ride sharing, social media and delivery services. Unfortunately, notifications are also a common complaint as many websites request the notification…

Microbrowsers are Everywhere

January 3rd, 2020

The word “microbrowser” clearly got my attention. Never heard that before. Colin Bendell defines them as the little parts of other software that do HTTP requests to a URL to generate a preview. Like the little URL preview in iOS messages, WhatsApp, or Slack. I’m a tiny bit skeptical of the name because what’s happening…

Chrome 80, Content Indexing, ES Modules and More

December 19th, 2019

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 80 is beta as of December 19, 2019. Content Indexing A progressive web app can…

Weekly Platform News: Strict Tracking Protection, Dark Web Pages, Periodic Background Sync

December 12th, 2019

In this week’s news: Firefox gets strict, Opera goes to the dark side, and Chrome plans to let web apps run in the background. Let’s get into the news. Firefox for Android will block tracking content Mozilla has announced that the upcoming revamped Firefox for Android (currently available in a test version under the name…

Weekly Platform News: Contrast Ratio Range, replaceAll Method, Native File System API

November 21st, 2019

In this week’s roundup: Firefox’s new contrast checker, a simpler way to lasso substrings in a string, and a new experimental API that will let apps fiddle with a user’s local files. Firefox shows the contrast ratio range for text on a multicolored background According to Success Criterion 1.4.3 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines…

Intent to Explain: Demystifying the Blink Shipping Process

November 12th, 2019

If you’re a standards-curious web developer, you may have wondered how features get added to browsers, or even how the Chrome team decides what they will work on. You probably also have, at least at some point, thought to yourself “I have this urgent problem but I’ll have to work around it for the foreseeable…

Chrome Dev Summit 2019: Elevating the Web Together

November 11th, 2019

As the largest open ecosystem in history, the Web is a tremendous utility, with more than 1.5B active websites on the Internet today, serving nearly 4.5B web users across the world. This kind of diversity (geography, device, content, and more) can only be facilitated by the open web platform. Users uniquely experience the Web as…