The upgrade was one of several features highlighting the latest stable release of Google Chrome, which was announced in a Sept. 25 post by Jason Kersey, technical program manager of the Google Chrome team, on the Google Chrome Releases blog page.
The latest Chrome 22 version also includes 24 bug fixes as well as Windows 8 enhancements and continuing improvements to the browser's interoperability with Apple's Retina screen technologies. The Retina screen support was first added in the previous version of Chrome, Version 21, back in August and is continuing to be polished, according to Kersey's post.
"While games are fun, these capabilities also empower other types of applications such as medical and scientific visualization, training, simulation, modeling, authoring packages, and more," wrote Scheib. The new feature will now combine with other related features that already are built into Chrome, including WebGL, Web Audio, Fullscreen, WebSockets, Gamepad, and Pointer Lock to provide a richer gaming experience for Chrome users.
Chrome 22 is available immediately for free download for Windows, Apple OS X and Linux users.
The bug fixes in Chrome 22 include one critical fix and 14 that correct high level threats, according to the Chrome team. Six medium level and three low level threats are also repaired in the new stable release.
The debut of Chrome 22 keeps Google on its schedule of new versions about every six weeks to fix bugs and add new features for users. The last version, Chrome 21, was moved to Google's stable development channel on July 31.
The last Chrome 21 release added new APIs for high-quality video and audio communications, as well as deeper Google Cloud Print integration.
Chrome celebrated its fourth birthday Sept. 4 and has accomplished a lot in the four years since its birth in September 2008. This past June, it surpassed Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the world's most used browser for the first time and it has added lots of useful features and strengths over the years to encourage even more users to adopt it.
In June, when Chrome unseated Internet Explorer for Web supremacy for the first time, it was a watershed moment for the young browser. StatCounter data from more than 15 billion page views (4 billion from the United States; 850 million from the United Kingdom) for the full month of May shows Chrome took 32.43 percent of the worldwide market, compared with 32.12 percent for IE and 25.55 percent for Firefox.
Microsoft still holds a comfortable lead in the United States with the IE browser, capturing 38.35 percent of the market in May, while Chrome trailed with 23.66 percent. Firefox followed close behind in third place with 22.41 percent market share, while other browsers (1.41 percent) and Opera (0.67 percent) rounded out the top five.