Google Unveils Beta Chrome 37 Web Browser With Key Improvements

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-07-21 Print this article Print
Google Chrome 37 Beta for Windows

The promotion of Chrome 36 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux includes rich notification improvements, the addition of a browser crash recovery bubble, a Chrome App Launcher for Linux, and a wide range of stability and performance updates. Also included were 26 security fixes that have been made by contributors.

The new stable version of Chrome for Android is now at Version 36 and includes several new features such as improved text rendering on non-mobile-optimized sites and many bug fixes and performance improvements.

The new versions are part of Google's continuing efforts to refine and grow its Chrome browser and Chrome OS products. Google releases new experimental beta and development channels of future software releases so that they can be built, tested and updated before eventual distribution as stable release versions.

In May, Google promoted the previous Version 35 of its Chrome Web browser to the stable release channel, as well as the Version 35 releases of its Chrome OS and Chrome for Android products.

Earlier in May, Google announced that its Chrome team has been experimenting with improved URLs for future Chrome versions that could provide better protection for users against phishing attacks that trick them into visiting malicious Websites. Instead of long URLs that are confusing and hard to identify as genuine, shorter origin-chip URLs would mean that phishers couldn't create offshoot URLs that could deceive users into visiting their sites.

The experiments involving the origin chip today don't mean that the feature will eventually be included in Chrome browsers of the future. Instead, the testing is allowing developers to see if it is something that they would want to incorporate if the testing shows promise.

Google's previous Chrome 34 Web browser was released April 8.

In September 2013, the Chrome browser celebrated its fifth birthday. Launched in 2008 as a desktop or laptop application, Chrome today is widely used as a mobile Web browser on many different devices.

Chrome has had quite a ride since its birth. In June 2012, it surpassed Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the world's most used browser for the first time, and it has added many useful features over the years to encourage even more users to adopt it.


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