Google has been teasing some updates for Chrome that aim to make surfing the web slightly less annoying. With version 63 rolling out on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Android, Chrome 64 is a new beta channel, puts an end to mute those annoying autoplay videos on websites. The update also prevents malicious redirects, and a whole lot more. Here are the details you need to know about.
The biggest news about the Chrome 64 beta is that it now features several enhanced methods for circumventing ads that harm users’ browsing experience. End users will particularly benefit from a stronger pop-up blocker, sitewide audio muting, and an assortment of other features, including those on Chrome OS.
The autoplay-muting setting is located in the beta version’s permissions bar, which can be accessed from the icon next to the URL. An improved pop-up blocker in Chrome 64 prevents sites with abusive experiences, something like disguising links as play buttons and site controls, or transparent overlays – from opening new tabs or windows.
This feature is one of those inclusions that everyone will be able to love is that it’s now very easy to mute autoplay videos with sound across a whole website with just a couple of clicks. Back in November, it was announced that other security measures in Chrome will prevent malicious auto-redirects. Beginning in version 64, the browser will counter surprise redirects from third-party content embedded into pages. The browser now blocks third-party frames unless a user has directly interacted with it.
When a redirect occurs, users will remain on their current page with an infobar popping up to detail the block.
The new version also adds a new sitewide audio muting setting. It will be accessible from the permissions dropdown by tapping the info icon or green lock in the URL bar. It also brings support for HDR video playback when Windows 10 is in HDR mode. Well, it requires the Windows 10 Fall Creator Update, HDR-compatible graphics card, and display.
On Chrome OS, version 64 allows the “Split view” feature for improved multitasking in tablet mode to be enabled via a flag. While screenshots on convertibles are more like Android with a new volume down and power key gesture.
Last but not least, developers can now take full advantage of the Resize Observer API to build responsive sites with “finer control to observe changes to sizes of elements on a page.”
Here’s how it works
Once you’ve downloaded the beta, go to a page that autoplays video with sound – here’s on. Right beside the URL text field at the top of the browser, you should see either a lower-case “i” or a green lock icon. Click that, and you should get a drop-down menu. Next to the sound option is another drop-down menu, click that and choose “always block on this site.”
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