Google has launched at the moment Chrome 74 for Home windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android customers. Whereas every new model comes with new options and bug fixes, the principle new addition in at the moment’s launch is, by far, the assist for a Darkish Mode for Home windows customers.
Mac customers have already been having fun with Chrome’s Darkish Mode function since final month, because the launch of Chrome 73.
For customers seeking to allow this new Darkish Mode, the dangerous information is that there’s nonetheless no possibility within the Chrome settings part to take action.
Identical to for Mac customers, if Home windows customers wish to allow Chrome’s Darkish Mode they’re going to have to change the working system’s pores and skin to make use of “Darkish” setting, and Chrome will robotically change to a Darkish Mode, together with the OS.
Because of this customers cannot use the Chrome Darkish Mode independently from the OS pores and skin, which may be fairly the annoyance since most customers like to regulate the look of each app as an alternative of counting on system-wide settings.
The remainder of the brand new options added in Chrome 74 are all web-dev associated. Of the issues that Google engineers have faraway from Chrome 74, a very powerful are security-related.
Beginning with this launch, Google has deprecated file downloads initiated from sandboxed iframes, a typical methodology used for malware distributed through advert slots (malvertising).
Second, Google engineers have additionally eliminated an internet site’s potential to open a brand new tab when the present web page is being closed. This trick had been abused over the previous few years by the operators of advert farms and tech assist scams, and Google has been attempting to repair this downside for greater than a yr, however with little success, as fraudsters hold discovering new methods of duplicating tabs to maintain customers on their shady websites.
Lite mode replaces Knowledge Saver
A non-security associated removing is Chrome for Android’s “Knowledge Saver” function. Beginning with Chrome 74 for Android, this has been changed with a brand new data-saving mechanism that Google calls “Lite mode.”
Particulars about how Lite mode works are nonetheless non-public, however in a weblog put up at the moment Google promised to publish a whitepaper with extra data within the upcoming future.
Lite mode will solely be accessible on Chrome for Android, and the previous Chrome Knowledge Saver desktop extension might be deprecated beginning Chrome 74.
Some extra studying materials about at the moment’s Chrome 74 launch:
- Chrome safety updates are detailed right here.
- Chromium open-source browser modifications are detailed right here.
- Google engineers element among the most necessary developer-centric modifications right here.
- All of the Chrome 74 developer-centric deprecations and have removals are right here.
- Chrome for Android updates are detailed right here [not public yet].
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