Google Chrome 66 has been rolled out for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. It features security fixes and media auto-play changes.
Google Chrome 66
Google Chrome 66 has been announced by the company for iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux. It comes with a lot of design tweaks, user-facing features, policy changes, and security and developer features. The main highlights of this latest update are password export feature, media auto-play changes, site isolation trial and few bug fixes.
During the start of the year 2018, Google came up with Chrome version 64. It made users enable to mute audio on a site-by-site basis. In addition to that feature, the latest Google Chrome 66 automatically mute content unless the user frequently played media on a specific site, based on Media Engagement Index, or when a site has been added to the smartphone’s Home Screen.
The calculation of MEI is done by depending upon the ratio of visits to significant media playback events per origin, based on 4 factors: audio must be present and unmuted, size of the video (in pixels) must be greater than 200×140, tab with video is active, consumption of the media (audio/video) must be greater than 7 seconds. The Chrome 66 has also solved various security problems by bringing fixes.
According to Google, “access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix.” Google has, in fact, posted the entire changelog of all the security issues that Chrome 66 is fixing, and that includes a number of bugs that are rated ‘critical’ or ‘high’ in severity. Talking about security, Chrome 66 has removed trust for Symantec certificates after the company failed for following industry security standards. Previously announced in 2017, now the warnings will appear when users visit sites that have not transitioned to the new DigiCert Certificate Authority.
Furthermore, Google Chrome 66 has got a new ‘Export Passwords’ feature. In the ‘Manage passwords’ option an icon will not show the ‘Export passwords’ menu. For doing this, you can directly go to Settings > Advanced > Passwords and forms > Manage passwords > Saved Passwords menu. After that, a prompt will appear asking users to confirm the download with their PC and also to enter their system credentials to proceed.
In Android, the Google Chrome 66 (version 66.0.3359.106) has been rolled out and will be made available on the Google Play Store over the course of next few weeks. The whole list of the changes in this build, along with the ones already mentioned, is available in the Git log. The Google Chrome 66 is also available for iOS users in the Apple App Store.