Chrome 56 Offers Faster Reloads, Better Security, Lower Power Usage, and More

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Google_Chrome_Material_Icon-450x450Version 56 of Google Chrome browser started rolling out to Macs today, bringing with it several new security enhancements, lower power consumption, and a performance boost.

To begin with, Chrome now presents a clearer warning to users when a website requests password or credit card information over a non-HTTPS, unsecure connection. Chrome 56 is also the first version to make HTML5 the default standard for all users, with Flash content automatically blocked by the browser.

Support for the HTTPS-secure Web Bluetooth API has also been included, allowing websites to connect to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices like printers and lightbulbs for a more interactive online experience. Chrome 56 also brings 51 additional security fixes to the browser.

According to a Google blog post, in the latest version of Chrome, changes to page reload behavior now produce reloads that are 28 percent faster and result in 60 percent less validation requests. The new behavior is said to maximize the reuse of cached resources which results in lower latency, power consumption, and data usage.

In addition, Chrome 56 brings built-in FLAC support for the first time, meaning users of the (non-iTunes compatible) audio format can listen to tracks from within the browser.

Lastly, in an attempt to deal with resource hogging Chrome tabs, Google has introduced a new Browser Timer feature that automatically throttles background pages overstepping their allotted runtime allowance, provided they aren't playing media.

Chrome 56 is available to download for Mac users now. Existing users can update by selecting Chrome -> Preferences via the menu bar and clicking the About section. Users downloading Chrome for the first time will automatically receive the updated version from the Chrome download page. An update for the iOS browser app is expected soon.

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49 months ago

What a great Mac rumour... one of Apple's competitors publicly releases an incremental update to a web browser.

I fail to see the 'Mac' or the 'rumour' in this.

Maybe you need to get your eyes checked. It's in the first darn sentence.

Version 56 of Google Chrome browser ('https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html') started rolling out to Macs today

Some of us prefer to use Chrome instead of Safari. Some of us have to use Chrome at certain times. Some people are curious about Chrome's performance. My point? Eat more carrots, they'll help you see better.;)
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49 months ago
What about protecting privacy? Oh, still nonexistent, eh. Still use my data to 'suggest' advertising. Still a company that makes over 90% of your revenue from advertising. No thanks...
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49 months ago
Would never touch anything Google no matter how good it is. If you do you might as well be using Windows 10 spyware
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49 months ago

What a great Mac rumour... one of Apple's competitors publicly releases an incremental update to a web browser.

I fail to see the 'Mac' or the 'rumour' in this.

Really,

* Chrome is the number browser. If you are a web developer you develop to Chrome first, not Safari.
* Even if you aren't a developer, some sites work better with Chrome than Safari. For example, purchasing movie tickets at AMC has been a problem in the past with Safari when selecting seats. Safari would not complete the sale. Chrome has never had a problem that I've seen.
* If you work across Mac and Windows Chrome is certainly the better choice for syncing bookmarks and other features.
* Google drives the direction of the Internet to a much larger degree than Apple so using their browser makes a certain degree of sense.
* For the above mentioned reasons, and maybe some I didn't mention, a lot of people prefer Chrome over Safari.


Do you see the 'Mac" in it now?
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49 months ago
Chrome is a hog, both for Windows and OS X. I really hope they've slimmed it down and made it efficient.
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49 months ago
Didnt see it mentioned anywhere that it would use less RAM
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