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

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 APIAn API for querying and managing digital...

Transparent privacy practices for Chrome Extensions

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 required more...

Tab throttling and more performance improvements in Chrome M87

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 where you left off.In this release, we’re improving how Chrome understands...

Reducing abusive notification content

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 enforcement...

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

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 DevToolsTesting web authentication has...

Chrome is deploying HTTP/3 and IETF QUIC

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, and is now responsible for...

Progress on Privacy Sandbox and building a more private web

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 protect user data and prevent intrusive cross-site tracking. Our aim is to preserve the vitality of the...

Changing the Chrome on iOS User Agent for Request Desktop Site

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)...

Chrome 86: Improved Focus Highlighting, WebHID, and More

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 86 is beta as of September 3, 2020. CSS Pseudo-Class: focus-visible and the Quick Focus HighlightFor...

Giving users and developers more control over focus

Chrome 86 introduces two new features that improve both the user and developer experience when it comes to working with focus.The :focus-visible pseudo-class is a CSS selector that lets developers opt-in to the same heuristic the browser uses when it's deciding whether to show a default focus indicator. This makes styling focus more predictable.The...

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