Browser News

Speeding up Chrome’s release cycle

March 4th, 2021

For more than a decade, Chrome has shipped a new milestone every 6 weeks, delivering security, stability, speed, and simplicity to our users and the web. As we have improved our testing and release processes for Chrome and deployed bi-weekly security updates to improve our patch gap, it became clear that we could shorten our…

Create a space for yourself in Chrome

March 2nd, 2021

If you’re one of the many families who share a computer in your home, or someone who uses their computer for both work and personal browsing, these stories may be familiar: You spent the previous day hand-picking your favorite browser colors and theme, only to discover that someone changed everything up. Or, you’re trying to…

Heads Up: Restriction on SharedArrayBuffers are coming in M91

February 17th, 2021

Starting in Chrome 91 (May, 2021), cross-origin isolation will be required on all platforms in order to access APIs like SharedArrayBuffer and performance.measureUserAgentSpecificMemory(). This brings our desktop platforms in line with Android, which shipped this restriction in Chrome 88. In order to continue using these APIs, ensure that your pages are cross-origin isolated by serving…

Weekly Platform News: WebKit autofill, Using Cursor Pointer, Delaying Autoplay Videos

February 12th, 2021

In this week’s roundup, WebKit’s prefixed autofill becomes a standard, the pointer cursor is for more than just links, and browsers are jumping on board to delay videos set to autoplay until they’re in view… plus more! Let’s jump right into it. CSS ::-webkit-autofill has become a standard feature Chrome, Safari, and pretty much every other modern…

:focus-visible Support Comes to Firefox

February 10th, 2021

Look at that! The :focus-visible pseudo-selector is now supported in Firefox, as of version 85 which shipped yesterday. I had to rush over to the MDN Docs just to confirm, and yep, the :focus-visible page has been updated to reflect the news. What’s so cool about :focus-visible? It’s all about the blue focus ring that…

Chrome 89 Beta: Advanced Hardware Interactions, Web Sharing on Desktop, and More

January 28th, 2021

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 89 is beta as of January 28, 2021. WebHID API There is a long tail…

Privacy Sandbox in 2021: Testing a more private web

January 25th, 2021

A year ago we announced our intention to phase out third-party cookies and replace them with new browser features that are fundamentally more private. Since then, we’ve been working closely with the broader web community, including W3C, to design and implement new privacy-preserving technology, while also preserving the vitality and sustainability of the open web….

Better content sharing with Custom Tabs

January 22nd, 2021

Custom Tabs is a browser feature, introduced by Chrome, that is now supported by most major browsers on Android. It gives apps more control over their web experience and makes transitions between native and web content more seamless without having to resort to a WebView. Similar to when using the browser, users frequently want to…

New in Chrome 88: aspect-ratio

January 20th, 2021

And it was released yesterday! The big news for us in CSS Land is that the new release supports the aspect-ratio property. This comes right on the heels of Safari announcing support for it in Safari Technology Preview 118, which released January 6. That gives us something to look forward to as it rolls out…

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…