Chrome 27 Beta Speedier Web upto 5%, New HTML5 Forms and More!

Chrome 27 beta introduces smarter behind-the-scenes resource scheduling, and new features for web developers. Google Business Groups in India, and YouTube Playbook Guides launched. Public Alerts tie up with Nixle.

Chrome 27 Beta for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame version 27.0.1453.15 contains a number of new improvements, including: "Faster page loads; Elegant HTML5 date and time <input /> forms; Live audio input to Web Audio API; and Sync FileSystem API for Chrome Apps."

In addition, a number of features for developers and DevTools updates are also released alongside.

Chrome--s new resource scheduler now offerign up to 5% faster (on average) web contents on screen. "Scheduler is more aggressive about using an idle connection and demoting the priority of preloaded resources so that they don--t interfere with critical assets," informs Google.

In additon, Google also added Speed Index values from webpagetest.org to the list of metrics used to measure improvements in page load time.

HTML5 date and time <input /> forms now feature a simple, elegant user interface on desktop versions of Chrome.

Chrome 27 Beta Elegant HTML5 date and time input forms

This release also allow of using live audio input to Web Audio API for extremely low-latency local audio manipulation and playback on Mac and Windows. "When combined with the recent hook up of Web Audio and WebRTC PeerConnection, it enables analysis and manipulation of the input signal to WebRTC," explains Google.

Google has added a new offline storage API for Chrome Packaged Apps dubbed Sync FileSystem API, which automatically synchronizes stored data across clients via Google Drive.

"The files are stored in private sandboxes and can be manipulated with the HTML5 File API and FileSystem API," Google said.

To play with the code, check out the API spec and syncfs-editor sample app.

Also, included in the release are:

  • Unprefixed support for the allowfullscreen attribute for <iframe></iframe> allows embedded video players like the YouTube--s to go fullscreen.
  • User-Agent field is now sent in WebSocket opening handshake headers.
  • ch CSS unit can be used to match the width and spacing of the "0"-glyph in the current font.

The DevTools updates includes:

  • "Dock-to-right supports vertical split view,
  • You can now right-click resources in the Network tab to "Copy as cURL".
  • Network panel has been improved as well: you can now customize what columns are shown, including the new "domain" one.
  • Console messages can be filtered by source and impl-side painting events are properly displayed in the timeline," Google informs.

In other Google news, Google has also added a new feature to Google Voice extension for Chrome dubbed "Desktop notifications."

Google, however is working on a new product called Babel, that integrates "Google Talk, Gmail Chat, Google+ Hangouts, Google+ Messenger" for a seamless messenger experience across Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail.

"I've recently started getting notifications from the Chrome Google Voice extension every time I receive a SMS to my GV number. Of particular interest is the icon, which looks like an amalgamation of communications services' icons. Is it a harbinger of the new unified messaging service rumored to be on the way?" says Alec (via Alex).

Google Voice Desktop Notification

Update: Several instances of Google's forthcoming Google Babel app has appeared on the web.

Update 04/11: According to latest information, the service will include notification syncing across devices and platforms, which is similar to Apple's iMessage in that it will work on desktop, tablet and phone.

And, that Google Voice will eventually come to the platform, but not at the launch.

Citing the official Google memo, the report further claims, that the service works on the desktop via a Chrome app, and includes Google+ Hangouts, offers cross-platform notifications, includes over 800 emoji+. It has the ability to go on or off record like in Google Chat, and will even involve an iOS native application.

Google Babel App

A Google+ post, also confirms the name reads:

And here we are - first sign of the Google Babel Android app!

/data/data/com.google.android.apps.babel/lib/libvideochat_jni.so

Looks like there will be video…

Source: https://code.google.com/p/webrtc/issues/detail?id=826

Most official Google apps start with "com.google.android.apps" like in https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docsor https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.plus

So let's keep an eye on this url https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.babel

Google Babel reference in source code

Gmail's Google Groups page as well as Google Groups also refers to Babel:

Google Babel reference in Gmail

"Upgrade Chat to Babel! Babel is Google's new messenger with clients for Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Access the same conversation list from anywhere!" That's how Google describes the new service.

"Some of the new features:

  • A new, conversation-based UI
  • Advanced group conversations
  • Send pictures Improved notifications across devices."

It looks like you can go back to the Gmail Chat interface: "You're about to revert the Babel chat client to the old Gmail chat client. You can always opt in back from the chat roster menu."

Google in India has launched a new initiative called Google Business Groups (GBGs) in India.

""GBG" is a community led program represented by local groups (GBG chapters) which organize social gatherings, workshops, online hangouts, larger events and other activities where like-minded business professionals can connect, learn and get inspired on how Google products and web technologies can improve efficiency, productivity and impact overall success of their business," explains Google India.

Further, Goole notes, it is looking for new community organizers (aka GBG Managers) to start 30 chapters in the Indiain cities.

Those, interested can find more information on the GBG website.

Google Business Groups (GBGs) in India

Finally, to help those fear of public speaking--Google has some tips to overcome this fear--so you have good presentation skills:

"[Public speaking] is quite simple, say what you have to say and when you come to a sentence with a grammatical ending, sit down." --Winston Churchill

  • "Pace yourself. To slow down and build momentum, try reciting a sentence then walking to the other side of the room. Pause, then walk back to the other side and deliver your next sentence.
  • Unfreeze. If you--re totally freeze during your presentation--just look at your slide or notes and describe what you see on the slide or page in front of you. The words will start flowing and come back to you.
  • Fidget and fiddle no more. Displacement tactic: if you find yourself always fiddling with your hands or keeping your hands in your pockets, try standing behind a chair or a podium and planting your hands on the podium so you appear confident. (Even political leaders use this trick.)
  • Get physical. Use the room to your advantage and keep your audience alert. Walk across the room or even among the audience to get people involved in your presentation.
  • Stop saying "Um." To rid yourself of "umm"-ing your way through a presentation, use this physical displacement tactic: Every time you are transitioning from one point to another, do something small but physical, like moving your pen. Making a conscious effort to move the pen will turn your brain off from using a verbal filler instead," posted Adam Green, Agency Lead and G2G Instructor over at Google blog.

Google also released today, new "Playbook Guides" - a new set of resources designed for the unique needs of different content creators. "Don't forget to use these resources alongside the Creator Playbook, which is still the one-stop shop for site-wide best practices," Google stated.

"YouTube Playbook Guides are now available in the following categories: Sports, Music, Education, Media Companies, and Nonprofits."

Update 04/07: Google Public Alerts, part of the Google Crisis Response project, which was launched on January 25, 2012, has now broadened its service through a new partnership with Nixle.

Nixle is a company that contracts with public safety agencies to send alerts via cellphones and social media networks. Its services are available in both a free and a premium version, and is currently used by more than 6,500 police agencies--and serves over 150 million people.

However, only two million of the 150 million people subscribe to receive alerts, according to Nixle's CEO Eric Liu, "by partnering with Google, Nixle's alerting service will now be available to a much broader audience because of the 100 billion searches performed on Google each month."

Google Public Alerts