As part of progressive Web app support for Windows, Google has released to download Chrome 70. The latest version of Google’s browser is now rolling out on Mac and Linux computers as well. Here are the details you need to know about.
Everything the Chrome update sees Google reverse some of the controversial changes it made with the last version, which Chrome allowed users to stop the browser from automatically signing into their Google account after logging into one of the search giant’s apps.
From now onwards, Chrome 70 also brings support for Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, on Windows. Of course, it’s rare to see a controversial version of a web browser, but Chrome 69 was exactly that Shortly after release, where people started to notice that the browser was unexpectedly signing into their Google accounts. This functionality actually stores your browser history, bookmarks, and passwords on Google’s servers when the Sync feature is turned on (which Google prompts users to do) is a big privacy factor for many.
Hidden within the settings menu of Chrome’s latest version is an option labeled “Allow Chrome sign-in,” which you can set to off if you’d rather not be automatically signed in to your Google account at the browser level.
Notably, this process is opt-out rather than opt-in, meaning all Chrome users will be automatically signed into Google’s browser and likely uploading their sync data unless they specifically change this setting. Google says that automatic sign-in was enabled to help make it clear when users are logged in on a shared device.
Also, Google has uploaded Chrome’s interface to more clearly explain what’s syncing, and has changed the way the browser clears cookies so that it’ll delete your Google service cookies along with everything else.
Outside of fixing Chrome 69’s controversial changes, the new update also introduced a couple of new features, where chief amongst them is support for Progressive Web Apps or PWAs on Windows. These are a simple way for companies to offer what appears to be a native Windows program using a web wrapper, rather than developing a separate desktop app for a service like Spotify. A PWA could instead give the service its own window without the interface bloat of an address bar or tabs, also allow it to be launched from the start menu or desktop.
Finally and officially, Chrome 70 download also brings support for a new video codec – AV1 – which is intended to succeed VP9 by offering much better compression. It allows users to restrict Chrome extensions’ host access to specific websites and moves Chrome along to the next phase of its fight against insecure websites.
For those Chrome users, your browser should prompt you to apply the update over the coming weeks. If you want to grab it right now then you can head on over to enter “chrome://settings/help” in the address bar and then force it to check for the update.