Category: Google Chrome
Needs more privileges.
Earlier this year we reported that Google was investigating the possibility of Google Chrome on Windows Phone, which got our hopes high.
Now, it looks like the search giant has finally reached a decision and it’s simple: there won’t be Google Chrome on WP anytime soon, the reason? According to the updated post, “Chrome needs more privileges than a regular metro app so there is no simple port.”
July, 2014 Mobile Market Share: Google Chrome, Opera Mini, Internet Explorer – Up; Safari, Android Browser – Down
Another month, another report.
First in the list is Apple’s Safari, which is still in a downtrend and has lost another 1.24 point of the market share, down from 46.07% to 44.83%.
Windows users rejoice.
Good news, Google has just announced the availability of 64 bit builds for Windows users on its Beta channel.
The best part: when you install it, it will replace your existing installation with all the settings intact. As if now, it’s available for Windows 7 and 8 users only so if you are still rocking Vista or XP, time to switch.
Brings one neat feature.
Following the desktop release, here comes one for your handhelds and it does look pretty good. Thanks to the recent improvements, you will no longer have to sign in on Google web sites again (gMail, Maps, Search), which is a very welcome step.
In addition to that, the latest Chrome build now also includes glimpses of Googles’ Material Design language (see screenshots here), which will roll out to all products in the coming months.
Say hello to BoringSSL.
After the recent Heartbleed bug paranoia, it looks like Google took a pretty significant step to minimize such risks in the future. According to the report, the search giant is replacing OpenSSL with its own BoringSSL (yes, they did call it like that) in an effort to streamline security patches and improve overall user security.
With DirectWrite (Windows only) support and more.
It seems like there was a while since a decent Chrome update, which actually brought useful features, at least up until now as the latest Beta version does deliver.
First in the list is DirectWrite support, which is Microsoft’s latest text layout and glyph rendering API introduced in Windows 7. Thanks to this, text will no longer look like from the Windows XP era (see the picture below).
Talk about priorities.
A battery draining bug that was first reported back in 2010 is now being investigated by Google, according to the reports.
The issue stems from a poorly set system clock tick rate (1.000ms) while Microsoft themselves recommend developers to use (15.625ms). So what does that mean? It means that the processor is being woken up far more frequently that it should be, affecting battery usage by as much as 25%.
Consumer is the winner.
Even though Chromebooks prices aren’t that big of a deal anyway (unless you are buying Chromebook Pixel), it looks like you might be able to get one even cheaper in the future.
Recently, MediaTek made some code contributions to the Chromium OS and tested an entry level ARM Cortex A7 processor, which is a big step down compared to the already inexpensive, Samsung Cortex A14/A7 SoC.
Good news for all you Chromecast users out there, the upcoming app update (version 1.7) will allow you to mirror your Android device to the TV! All you have to do is select “Cast Screen” in the app menu and select the Chromecast device.
Which means that you can now share anything on your TV, including photos, maps, the possibilities are endless.
WebVR API it is.
Earlier this year, Mozilla has announced its plans to support the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and now it looks like Google is too joining the party.
As revealed by Brandon Jones, the search giant has created the experimental branch that have WebVR support enabled, which would allow developers to utilize APIs and create appropriate content for the Oculus Rift users. On a slightly negative note, various WebVR features won’t be added to the other builds of Chrome until the API matures a bit.