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Chrome 65 Release Date and Features

(Update) Chrome 65 has been released to the public.

(Update 01 May 2018): Chrome 65 has since been released to the public on the public channel and contains everything mentioned below.

Although little is known for what Chrome 65 is set to bring to the browser, it is already available for download on the canary channel here. As of current, the features Chrome 65 is set to bring or improve upon are as follows:

Improved Incognito Mode

Many Android applications, such as banking apps, have been taking advantage of new Android APIs and policies that allow blocking the ability to take screenshots or video. Chrome will now also be joining in, as the application's Incognito mode will no longer permit taking screenshots from Chrome 65 onwards.

Pull to refresh feature for Windows

Aiming to make the Windows 2-in-1 touchscreen device experience as seamless as it would be on Edge, Chrome has added the feature to pull down to refresh when using touch inputs on Windows 10. The feature can now be enabled from chrome://flags/ under the name Pull to refresh.

Lazy Load for Images

In its efforts to improve performance, Google is likely to introduce Lazy Loading in this version of Chrome. The feature will target primarily images, and will work by loading only the images which appear above the fold of a website, loading the rest as the user scrolls to them. This feature aimst to increase website load speeds and break down loading into smaller segments, ultimately improving performance. While canary version may initially have issues printing pages or saving them as a PDF with this feature enabled, the stable version of Chrome is said to have these issues addressed. 

Custom Download Location on Android

Chrome 65 is set to give Android users the ability to manually select a download location for their files, much like on Windows and macOS. The feature will likely land on Android only for this version, as iOS' closed filesystem will likely not allow On Chrome Beta, users can currently test this by typing in "chrome://flags#enable-downloads-location-change" and enabling the flag.

CSS Paint API

New for Chrome 65 is the support of the CSS Paint API - developers can now use CSS to programmatically generate an image, taking advantage of worklets instead of features such as linear-gradient and border-image. 

Server Timing API, Web Authentication API

Two new APIs in Chrome 65 allow for the use of strong cryptographic credentials by web applications for the purpose of stronger user authentication. While these two new APIs aren't enabled by default users can enable them via chrome://flags.

Abusive Behaviour Blocking

Websites automatically redirecting users to random pages upon clicking a link are set to get heavily countered by Chrome on or before the release of Chrome 65. A crackdown on websites containing videos or pictures that - upon clicking - redirect users to adverts or other web addresses is to start with the release of Chrome 64 and should be further locked down by the time Chrome 65 hits the stable channel. The way Google intends to do this is by "locking down" the main tab to prevent the user from being redirected. This, in combination with an abusive behaviour reporter system, should hopefully put an end to redirecting links.

 

Malicious Adware Blocking

An advancement on the already successful ad-blocker is set to happen for Chrome 65, with an extra push toward pop-up adware containing links or downloads that are host to malware or malicious content.

Force Chrome Custom Tabs Flag Removed

Chrome's Custom Tab features has long been a saviour for older, non-updated apps that include links of any kind. The feature is particularly useful way of saving time and not having to switch from Chrome back to the app in question, but it seems that with Chrome 65 users will no longer be able to use this on legacy apps. The custom flag that could help force this behaviour has been removed as of Chrome 65 beta, and will likely not be returning to future browser updates.

Previous version: Chrome 64

Next version: Chrome 66

 
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