Chrome 54 Beta brings custom elements V1, broadcast channel, and media platform improvements to the beta channel release for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, Mac, and Windows.
First up, Google added Custom Elements V1 support in Chrome 54, said they’ll continue to support V0 API until ‘enough developers have moved to V1.”
Another feature “BroadcastChannel” available now allows scripts to establish named channels to send messages between browsing contexts of the same origin. It’s a new one-to-many messaging API between windows, tabs, iframes, web workers, and service workers.
Media platform improvements on Chrome for Android include:
Developers can now use Element.requestFullScreen() to trigger full screen mode after a screen orientation change in addition to after a user gesture.
This allows experiences like rotate-to-fullscreen for media players.
In addition, media notification of a backgrounded HTMLVideoElement now persists allowing a user to continue playing videos while they aren’t visible.
Developers can detect background video playback by using the Page Visibility API.
Google also said they’ll replace existing embedded YouTube Flash players with HTML5 embed style.
Also, announced at I/O in June, a device-local Safe Browsing API for Android developers will be available later in the year.
The company notes, starting with Google Play Services version 9.4, Android developers can use this power-efficient and simple on-device Safe Browsing infrastructure to protect all of their apps’ users.
Google also introduced today Verified Access for Chrome OS devices.
Explaining what it means, Google noted, “with verified access, network service such as [VPN gateway, sensitive server, Enterprise certificate authority (CA) or an Enterprise Wi-Fi access point] can get a hardware-backed cryptographic guarantee of the identity of the device as well as user accessing it.”
“Verified Access leveraging Trusted Platform Module (TPM) present in Chrome OS device to enable enterprise network services to cryptographically confirm the identity and status of verified boot and enterprise policy using a Google server-side API.”
Identity, network and security providers, we also invite you to integrate with the Verified Access API. Administrators, here’s how you can deploy it.
In addition, also “Smartcard Authentication” support to Chrome Device is announced. Google notes, it’s the required way of authenticating for employees in many security sensitive organizations.
With the newly launched Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.1, “users can now authenticate to virtualized Citrix apps using smartcards,” explained google, and “with SSO, login just once to their Chromebooks and be authenticated across Citrix and virtualized Windows apps,” it said.
In other security news, Google explaining how flagging works encouraging users to get involved in maintaining community guidelines. “over the years, people have used the flagging feature located beneath every video and comment to help report content they believe violates Community Guidelines,” stated YouTube team.
Further, they said that videos contents removed in 2015 had only 1 percent involving “terrorist” and ‘hate speech.”
To shed some light how flagging activity has helped, team shared some stats:
Over 90 million people have flagged videos on YouTube since 2006
number of flags per day is up over 25 percent year-on-year.
People from 196 countries have flagged a video
In 2015 alone 92 million videos were removed for policies violation through a mix of user flagging and spam-detection technology.
Flagged content, team however, doesn’t automatically get removed—it’s actually carefully evaluated 24 hours a day by trained teams who work 7/365 around the world.
And, only those contents that violates “our terms, age-restrict content that may not be appropriate for all audiences,” are removed.
When flagging, you can report which policy you think a video violates, from spam and sexual content to harassment and violent content, google writes.
Also, latest version of Creator Studio app now makes it faster and easier to manage your channel on the go.
Google notes, that latest advances in YouTube Analytics are now part of Creator Studio app.
With this integration, ‘you’ll receive a personalized message when a significant event happens on your channel” as well as tips on “how to make the most of what’s happening on your channel.”
In additon a new way to email the YouTube support team directly from the app is added as well.
“With new features to help you track and break down analytics, keep in touch with your community, and manage your channel, you can stay on top of it all, 24/7,” google writes.