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Google updates Chrome for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux

25 fixes, look sharp
Wed Aug 21 2013, 15:22
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Google has released the latest version of its Chrome web browser for the Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems with security fixes and improvements.

A blog post from Google project manager Jason Kersey said that there are 25 security fixes and that a number of them came from the reporting community.

Also fresh are improved Omnibox suggestions, and Google said that these will be based more closely on previous searches. The Omnibox, by the way, is what Google calls the Chrome search box or website address field.

"Starting today, all Chrome users will start seeing improvements to Omnibox suggestions based on the recency of websites you visited, resulting in more timely and contextually relevant suggestions," blogged Chrome software engineer Mark Pearson.

"Mac users will also receive support for rich notifications, so you can keep up with what's happening within your apps and extensions."

Also new is a wipe clean feature that lets anyone that has a web browser like an overstuffed caravan start over.

"Maybe you, too, got overzealous with fun extensions - we've added a new option to the Chrome settings page to let you restore it back to its original state," added Pearson. "And don't worry, it won't affect your themes, bookmarks or apps."

Android readers are in for a treat with WebRTC (Real-Time Communications) support for browser based video conversations. According to Google this will roll out over the next few days along with "improved scrolling and startup performance".

Google has highlighted some of the security fixes and the people who reported them. Most rewards are in the area of $1,000. We suspect that the chap who found the Facebook security problem the other day would have preferred to have found it in Chrome and been paid for it. µ


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