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Limiting Private API availability in Chromium

January 15th, 2021

During a recent audit, we discovered that some third-party Chromium-based browsers were able to integrate Google features, such as Chrome sync and Click to Call, that is only intended for Google’s use. This meant that a small fraction of users could sign into their Google Account and store their personal Chrome sync data, such as…

Chrome Dev Summit 2020: Building an open web for our users and developers

December 9th, 2020

We all benefit from an open web that is secure, powerful, and fast. Over the past year, we’ve focused our efforts on strengthening the web in three areas: Rethinking how we can deliver a safe and secure web Adding the capabilities you need to build powerful, rich, and diverse applications Optimizing for performance, for users…

Manifest V3 now available on M88 Beta

December 9th, 2020

With hundreds of millions of people using over 250,000 items in the Chrome Web Store, extensions have become essential to how many of us experience the web and get work done online. We believe extensions must be trustworthy by default, which is why we’ve spent this year making extensions safer for everyone. Today we’re officially…

Seamless payments and password management in Chrome

December 8th, 2020

Many people choose to save their payment information and passwords for their favorite websites to their Google Account for easy access. Until recently, it was not always easy to access them in Chrome. For example: at that moment where you (finally!) found the perfect holiday gift and started the checkout, Chrome couldn’t help you access…

Continuing our journey to bring instant experiences to the whole web

December 7th, 2020

Speed has always been a core tenet of Chrome. We care about speed, not only because it helps our users get things done quicker, but because it also contributes to making the web ecosystem more diverse by lowering the friction of discovering and engaging with more content or new websites. So, what if we could…

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…