Chrome Browser 33, Now in Beta, Includes Many New Developer Features

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-01-22 Print this article Print

Other changes aimed at developers in the Chrome 34 beta include the new availability of the requestAutocomplete API for easy Web payments for Macintosh users, as well as the optimization of WebFont downloading and support for the latest version of the Web Notification API. As that new API is adopted, the legacy API will be removed over time, so developers should update their Websites if they're using it, wrote Cooney.

In a related note, the latest Dev channel edition of Chrome, Version 34, has been designated for work by developers as they work on that future version of the browser. The Dev channel version has been updated to 34.0.1797.2 for Windows, Mac and Linux, according to a post on the Google Chrome Releases Blog by Daniel Xie of the Chrome team.

Earlier this week, two Chrome browser extensions that were recently converted into malicious ad distributors by new owners were removed by Google from the Play store app galleries. The removal follows changes that Google made to its app user policies in December that allows the company to remove apps that are modified after users agree to their original terms of use. The extensions, called Add to Feedly and Tweet This Page, were recently changed by their new owners.

Google does not permit app developers to say their apps will do one thing and then deliver a different user experience, according to its user policies. The use policies state that apps that violate those terms will be deleted from the Play store. Google encourages users to flag and report such apps so that they can be removed.

Earlier in January, Google released the Chrome Version 32 Web browser to the stable channel for users. The new release includes indicators on the browser tabs so that users can quickly find tabs that may be running audio sound clips, Webcams or Webcasts, which can be distracting. Also included in the latest browser is a different look for Windows 8's Metro mode, as well as the automatic blocking of malware files. The feature that will let users shut down tabs that have unwanted audio files was introduced in November 2013 as a beta feature and is now being integrated as a standard feature. Users can visually scan their browser tabs to find the noisy, offending tab so that it can be quickly closed.

Eleven security fixes were also built in, including for four high-threat issues and one medium-threat issue. Several known issues remain, including keyboard input problems in Windows 8 Metro mode, while dragging and dropping files into Chrome may not work properly.

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 browser on many different devices by users to browse the Web and conduct searches whether they are at home, at work, traveling or vacationing.

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 added lots of useful features over the years to encourage even more users to adopt it.



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