Tab Sync Feature and Experimental Web Intents API Enabled in Latest Stable Chrome

The Web Intents APIreleased on August 4, last year to help web applications integrate with one another with minimal effort -- a prototype version is now enabled in the most recent stable version of Chrome for developers to try and experience its benefits. "Because of its experimental status, the current live version is prefixed and […]

The Web Intents APIreleased on August 4, last year to help web applications integrate with one another with minimal effort -- a prototype version is now enabled in the most recent stable version of Chrome for developers to try and experience its benefits.

"Because of its experimental status, the current live version is prefixed and only allows applications to register as services in their Chrome Web Store app manifest," posted James Hawkins, Software Engineer. "In addition, this implementation of Web Intents can help the design discussions in the W3C web intents open standards list."

Google says once the API is stable, they plan to remove this restriction.

Benefits include:

  • Developers who build client apps will be able to easily include functionality from other web services (e.g., photo editing).
  • Developers creating those services will no longer need to invest time and resources to negotiate and build hardcoded integrations - they can just focus on offering a great quality product with the integration facilitated by the API.

Prototype Web Intents API now enabled in Stable Chrome release

To learn more on how to use the experimental Web Intents API check out the Web Developers' Guide to Web Intents in Chrome.

Also, the tab sync feature is now available in today's Stable release of Chrome. Now, when you're signed in to Chrome, your open tabs are synced across all your devices, so you can quickly access them from the "Other devices" menu on the New Tab page.

Tab Sync now available in Stable Chrome

If you've got Chrome for Android Beta, you can open the same recipe tab right on your phone when you run out to the store for more ingredients. The back and forward buttons will even work, so you can pick up browsing right where you left off.

Open tabs aren't the only things that sync when you sign in to Chrome. Signing in to Chrome also syncs your bookmarks, apps, extensions, history, themes, and other settings. That way, when you sign in to Chrome, you can have your personal Chrome experience on all your devices. Just go to the Chrome menu and select "Sign in to Chrome."

You can download latest Stable Chrome version here.