Google has updated the Chrome Web Store, making changes to its design, navigation, and adding new sections. The extension store design now uses Material You, which allows it to better interact with other Google services.
Chrome 119 hits the stable channel with several improvements and fixes. It limits the life time of cookies to 400 days, allows searching through bookmark folders in the address bar, adds domain address auto-correction for URLs with a typo, and more.
In a move driven by security concerns and user demand, Google and Mozilla are about to remove support for the Theora video codec in their browsers. The companies emphasize that the potential security risks associated with Theora outweigh its usage among users.
Google will soon test a new IP Protection feature in the Chrome browser. It aims to safeguard users' privacy and security by hiding their IP addresses through the use of proxy servers. This initiative, named IP Protection, was outlined by Google developers on GitHub.
Google has introduced a new feature for Chrome mobile that can help users find typos in URLs. While it is designed for individuals with dyslexia and those who are learning a new language, it can be obviously of help for everyone.
Starting in Chrome 118, you can enable tab memory usage in tab hovercard popup when you hover over a tab with the mouse pointer. Then it will show the amount of RAM used by the tab in the preview thumbnail. By default, it is hidden behind a flag, but you can quickly turn it on.
Google Chrome will soon get a resource monitor dashboard that is similar to Microsoft Edge's "Browser Essentials". It allows the user to review performance-related settings at a glance.
You can enable the new Chrome Refresh 2023 appearance starting in Google Chrome 117. It was released on September 12, 2023, and includes the design as a hidden option. The Chrome Refresh 2023 style, also known as "Material you" and "Google Material 3", is an effort by the search giant to modernize the look of the browser by following popular trends in the software world. It remains flat, but now uses rounder surfaces and prominent gradients and animations.
Slightly over 24 hours ago, Google rolled out an update for Chrome, specifically addressing the critical vulnerability CVE-2023-4863 in the WebP image format. This vulnerability had been reported by experts from the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. The update applies to both the stable and extended branches, with versions 116.0.5845.187 available for Mac and Linux, and 116.0.5845.187/.188 for Windows. Notably, cybercriminals have already exploited this vulnerability.
Google has made changes to the release cycle of its Chrome browser. The beta version will now be created just two days after the branch is formed, rather than eight.