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Chrome 37 arrives on desktop, Android and Chrome OS

Includes Google For Work enhancements and Material Design tweaks
Fri Sep 05 2014, 11:39

Google Chrome logoGOOGLE HAS RELEASED version 37 of its Chrome web browser in both 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

In addition to 50 security fixes, the Chrome 37 adds Directwrite support in Windows, making for significant improvements in font rendering.

Google said in a blog post, "Before Directwrite, Chrome used the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) to render text. GDI dates back to the mid-80's and reflects the engineering tradeoffs of that time, particularly for slower, lower-resolution machines.

"The switch to Directwrite has been a top user request for years, and required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine."

We've also spotted references in the changelog to continuing work to create a webview for Android apps as the two platforms move closer together.

A number of new apps and APIs have been added, and the usual security and performance tweaks under the bonnet have been applied.

A remote code execution flaw was found involving bug fixes in V8, IPC, sync, and a combination of extensions, found by a single contributor.

In addition to fixing flaws in Chrome 36, Google has paid a further $8,000 in bug bounties to contributors to the Canary and beta versions of Chrome 37.

Chrome for Android has also matured to its own Chrome 37 release, which includes single sign-in for all Google websites and an interface update to reflect the new Material Design language that will be featured in Android "L".

Google has updated Chrome OS too, adding multiple sign-in support, a new "app info" view in the launcher, a separate settings window, and a number of features related to the rollout of Google For Work, the relaunched enterprise offering from the company that was released yesterday.

As one version of Chrome stabilises, another will arrive in a few weeks, or sooner for the brave of heart. Chrome 39 is now available in the development and Canary (nightly) channels, with Chrome 38 due to reach beta shortly. µ


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