Chrome 74 is out, here are the changes

Google is releasing a new version of their Chrome browser. Version 74 is landing on the stable branch, featuring 39 security fixes and a number of improvements and optimizations.


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Google Chrome is the most popular web browser which exists for all major platforms like Windows, Android and Linux. It comes with a powerful rendering engine which supports all modern web standards.

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Here are the key changes in Chrome 74

  • JIT-less V8: The Javascript Engine V8 now supports JavaScript execution without allocating executable memory at runtime.
  • Enabled API WebAssembly Threads and WebAssembly Atomics.
  • The CSS media query 'prefers-reduced-motion' has been implemented, so web sites can now detect that animations are disabled on the client side.
  • Scroll-To-Text: To enable users to easily navigate to specific content in a web page, Chrome includes support for specifying a text snippet in the URL fragment. When navigating to a URL with such a fragment, the browser will find the first instance of the text snippet in the page and bring it into view. Can be enabled with the chrome://flags#enable-text-fragment-anchor flag.

There are a few more interesting options you may like. First of all, you can enable the dark theme in the browser. Please see these articles:

Also, there is a special flag chrome://flags/#enable-lazy-image-loading that allows a browser to defer loading offscreen images and iframes until users scroll near them. Enable the mentioned flag and restart the browser.

Download Links

Web installer: Google Chrome Web 32-bit | Google Chrome 64-bit
MSI/Enterprise installer: Google Chrome MSI Installers for Windows

Note: The offline installer doesn't support the automatic update feature of Chrome. By installing it this way, you will be forced to always update your browser manually.


3 thoughts on “Chrome 74 is out, here are the changes

  1. dakje19

    Darkmode only works with –force-dark-mode!!

  2. Bob

    Looks like chrome://flags#enable-text-fragment-anchor has not been added to Chrome for Android.

  3. Bob

    My bad. Chrome Beta for Android 74 supports the flag and it works. Current release version of Chrome 73 doesn’t.


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