Google Updates Chrome Browser, Chrome OS, Chrome Beta for Android

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-06-12 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The latest versions include bug fixes and stability updates for the current versions of several Chrome products.

The stable Version 35 of Google's Chrome Web browser, which was launched in late May, just received several maintenance fixes and stability improvements as part of Google's normal update regimen. Also receiving maintenance updates are the latest Version 35 releases of Chrome OS and Chrome Beta for Android.

The Chrome 35 stable channel update to Version 35.0.1916.153 for Windows, Mac and Linux was unveiled in a June 10 post by Karen Grünberg of the Chrome team on the Chrome Releases Blog. A Flash Player update is part of the update, as well as four security fixes, including for two high- and one medium-level security vulnerabilities.

The stable channel update for the Chrome OS for all Chrome OS devices puts the OS at Version 35.0.1916.155, according to a June 10 post by Dharani Govindan of the Chrome team. This maintenance version includes a Flash update (14.0.0.125), several bug fixes and security updates.

Chrome Beta for Android gets an update to Version 36.0.1985.65, rolling out an assortment of stability and bug fixes, according to a post by Jason Kersey of the Chrome team.

As is its practice as development work continues on its Chrome product portfolio, Google has also just launched its latest experimental beta and development channels of future releases so that they can be built, tested and updated before eventual distribution as stable release versions.

Included is a new Chrome browser Dev Channel update to Version 37.0.2041.4 for Windows, Mac and Linux; a new Chrome Beta Channel update to Version 36.0.1985.67 for Windows, Mac and Linux; and a new Chrome OS Beta channel update to Version 36.0.1985.67 for all Chrome OS devices except the HP Chromebook 11.

Earlier in June, Google unveiled new development channels for two nascent Chrome 64-bit versions that are aimed at users of 64-bit Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. The 64-bit versions are being built to help give modern Windows users faster and more secure browsing experiences, according to the company. The new Dev and Canary versions of Chrome 64-bit browsers are still under development, so they may be subject to more glitches than stable versions of the existing 32-bit browser. Still, Chrome users are free to download the development versions to try out the 64-bit versions for themselves.

The stable release version of Google's Chrome 35 browser debuted in late May, along with stable Version 35 releases of Google's Chrome OS and Chrome for Android, according to an earlier eWEEK report. The biggest update for the Chrome 35 browser included more developer control over touch input, new JavaScript features, unprefixed Shadow DOM, several new apps and extension APIs, as well as many changes aimed at improving stability and performance.

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, Chrome presently holds 45.1 percent of the global Web browser market, compared with 19.9 percent for its closest competitor, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, according to the latest May 2014 global statistics available from StatCounter.

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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