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Google releases new Chrome versions every six weeks, and the latest version to be released is Chrome 92 Chrome 92, where the website “Android Police” said, the new browser has been available for download since yesterday, Wednesday, and is full of interface experiences, security enhancements, web application improvements and upgrades.
In the following lines, we’ll show you everything you need to know about the new Chrome 92 browser.
1- Interface experiences:
Google is constantly tweaking the Chrome interface with various A/B tests, and the latest version of Chrome seems to trigger some differences for some people.
After integrating Google Lens search with normal image search in Chrome, Google now also brings the Lens Camera shortcut to Chrome’s address bar, with the camera icon in the top right corner for some.
Google is also continuing its experiments with additional buttons in the top bar. For some people, Chrome 92 adds a new tab button between the address bar and the tab switcher, while others see a share button.
We’ve already seen Chrome experiment with these layouts, but it seems like Google is getting more aggressive in pushing it to users. We have more details about this experience in our special coverage.
For the desktop, Google offers additional Chrome actions, which we covered earlier as part of the Chrome OS update.
Chrome Actions is a quick way to control some browser functions directly from the address bar, where you can type things like “clear cookies” or “manage passwords” to go straight to the corresponding settings section.
In Chrome 92, Google adds three new commands: Manage Security Settings, Manage Sync, and Security Control, and the latter lets you quickly check the security of passwords, extensions, and more.
2- Site isolation improvements:
The new Chrome version also gets improvements in site isolation.Site Isolation was first introduced in 2018, due to Specter and Meltdown security flaws in Intel and ARM chips, and while it removes some attack vectors, the downside was increased RAM -use.
Chrome 92 extends site isolation to browser extensions, preventing them from sharing processes with each other. This gives you an extra layer of security without removing existing capabilities of the extensions.
On Android, Google prioritizes performance over strictly isolating all sites, and essentially it still will in Chrome 92, but the new version adds a few more lines.
“Site isolation is applied to sites where users log in through third-party providers, as well as sites with Cross-Origin-Opener-Policy headers,” Google wrote in a blog post.
3- More efficient protection against phishing
In the phishing section, Google claims that “detection is now 50 times faster and uses less power” thanks to advances in image processing. To identify phishing sites, Chrome analyzes the color profile of the page visited and compares it to a group of known phishing sites. When a match is found, the browser will warn you and discourage you from visiting that site.
Because Google doesn’t send these color profiles to its servers by default to protect your privacy, the images must be processed on your device. Google has improved this process by reducing the number of calculations and by grouping pixels of similar colors together. This results in less CPU usage (1.2% of total CPU time to be exact), better battery life and earlier alerts. Check Google for a deeper dive.
4- File Processing API:
Do you know how to select which app to open certain types of files on Android? Right now, this dialog is mostly limited to apps that are already installed (or at least those installed from the Play Store), but Google wants to change that for web apps added to your phone through Chrome. Once the developers have implemented support for it, you can choose a web application as the default destination for opening certain types of files.
The same change also applies to web apps installed on desktops via Chrome, as these apps will be in the right-click menu along with the native apps. This makes it easier to rely on web apps for workflows that contain local files, which is something important for photo and text editors and the like.
For example, Google describes that after a PWA text editor registers itself as a file handler, you can right-click a .txt file in your operating system’s file manager and instruct that PWA (always or just once) to delete .txt files. to open . This means that Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are just a click (double) away from the file manager.
5- Video conferencing procedures in PIP view:
While there is dedicated desktop software for most video conferencing platforms, many things can be done in Chrome these days, and Google is looking to improve the experience even further by adding optional buttons to picture-in-picture conference modes. Chrome 92 is experimenting with support for microphone and camera switches, as well as the end-call button, though support isn’t stable right away.
6- Revive Google Reader:
Google is working on some sort of RSS reader for the new tab page. When you activate the web feed experience (chrome://flags/#web-feed), you are given the option to follow websites that contain RSS feeds. They will appear in the new next tab on the new tab page next to the Discover Feed. It’s still a bit tricky at the moment, but the feature will be ready for prime time soon. (If Google doesn’t scrap this completely, it could always happen with experiments in development.)
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