Google’s Chrome browser 17 released to Stable Channel for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame now contains a number of new features mentione under. In addition, “with version 17.0.963.46 now when you start typing in the omnibox and the URL autocompletes to a site you’re very likely to visit, Chrome will prerender the page, so it’ll appear faster–sometimes, even instantly–as soon as you hit Enter,” explains Chrome team.
- New Extensions APIs
- Updated Omnibox Prerendering
- Download Scanning Protection
- Users can now sync NTP icons to their profile and keep their order across different instances of chrome
- Pointer Lock / Mouse Lock is implemented behind a flag (see about:flags).
This Stable Chrome release now does more to help protect you from malicious downloads. “In addition to checking a list of known bad files, Chrome also does checks on executable files (like “.exe” and “.msi” files). If the executable doesn’t match a whitelist, Chrome checks with Google for more information, such as whether the website you’re accessing hosts a high number of malicious downloads,” mention Chrome team.
The following links provide more detailed information on a number of key security technologies in Chromium:
The team concludes with a promise to begin rolling out updates to Chrome OS to further simplify the Chromebook experience. “With a new image editor, Chromebook users will be able to quickly view, edit and share photos on the web. Users will also see an improved Verizon 3G activation portal, which includes the ability to set up a recurring purchase of mobile data,” the Chrome team informed.
Also, the team revealed that various rewards including a top $3133.70 to Aki Helin were issued.
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The Chrome Beta channel has also been updated to 17.0.963.51 (Platform versions: 1412.174) for Chromebooks (Acer AC700, Samsung Series 5, and Cr-48).
This update fixes a number of stability and UI issues.