A recently uncovered bug in Chrome showed that Google’s browser was unnecessarily using too much battery on laptop computers due to the way Chrome handled PC processors when it was idling. Chrome sets the processor tick rate at 1 millisecond, even when it’s just sitting in the background not doing anything, which can cause up to an extra 25% battery drain on some hardware. Other browsers, like Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, keep the CPU tick rate at the default 15.625 milliseconds when it isn’t doing intensive tasks.
The latest version of Chrome for Android may not have the longest or most exciting changelog, but it will certainly make for a better user experience. With the latest update comes better text rendering for websites that do not have a mobile version, something that has been an issue for quite some time now.
The “OK Google” command on both Android and Chrome has been expanding in both use and languages lately, and today, Google has announced 9 new compatibles languages to activate the service. Hit the break for the full list:
Google has finally taken the wraps off of what’s new in their Android L preview. You’ll see a new Material Design language that they’ve been hinting at with app releases over the past few weeks and other under-the-hood tweaks, including better graphics and battery performance, security enhancements, and ART becoming the standard runtime moving forward. This new preview comes with 5,000 new APIs for developers, full 64-bit support, and some new tools for web developers, to boot.
Google needs your help improving one of the features with Chromecast. Tab Casting, which allows users to mirror content from the Chrome browser to Chromecast, is getting some attention from Google to improve its performance. Right now, the Tab Casting feature has slight lag when sending over a webpage. However, it is nothing that renders the feature useless. To try the new enhanced version, you will need Chrome Canary and the Google Cast Beta extension.
Hit the break for full directions from one of Chrome’s product managers.
We all know that apps, and especially from Google, take a very long time to have everyone updated to the same version. A multitude of Google’s apps are being updated in the form of a staged rollout. The apps included are Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate.
Hit the break for a brief description of each update along with download links.
Chrome Remote Desktop for Android debuted a couple of months ago, and it just received its first update. This update (36.9.1985.39) brings immersive mode. Other than that, you won’t find too much different. You will no longer see the toolbar at the top, but instead a small button to bring back the toolbar. As usual, this update will roll in stages, but if you are in a hurry, we have the APK download, as well as the traditional Play Store links right after the break.
Google has just released an early version of a new Chrome add-on called End-to-End that helps secure a users email beyond what providers should already be doing. This will allow users to not have to set up complex encryption tools, and instead can just use the extension.
According to Google, users should be aware that currently the add-on is just an alpha release, and that there are likely still a few bugs in it. The officiall version won’t be released to the Chrome Store until the extension is fully tweaked and ready. Click on the source link to download the add-on for yourself.
Source: Google Security Blog
Google has reinvented the Chrome bookmark system, and called it Google Stars. The new system was first spotted almost a month ago, and just today it briefly went live, until it was pulled back by Google. It looks like the system is still in its testing phase, and Google hasn’t yet made any official announcements.
The new bookmark system essentially collects data about things you’re interested in and things you’ve bookmarked, and these things are then arranged by date. Users can easily organize bookmarks, or “stars” into folders for easy access, and even share the folders if they want to.
Google’s been threatening it for some time now, but it’s finally happened. Windows users can no longer download and install third-party extensions that don’t come from the Web Store. Users of the stable Chrome build will now see that the browser won’t allow you to install those extensions. This probably won’t impact most people, but developers and experimenters will be disappointed to hear this news.
If you’ve already side-loaded extensions, those will automatically become disabled today. If you want to continue using these, you must download the dev-channel of the browser. This news only impacts Windows users – Mac and Linux users can curiously continue side-loading all the extensions they want.