New Google Chrome 57 Update Brings Developers-Friendly Tools Along With Dozens Of Improvements


Google Chrome, the world's most widely used web browser, is getting another big update this month. The search giant has just announced the global roll out of the Chrome 57 stable version for Mac, Linux, and Windows users. Google made the huge announcement this week.

According to Bleeping Computer, which got the full details of the story, the new Google Chrome 57 stable version will hit Mac, Linux and Windows users in the next couple of days. The new version comes with a series of new features for Chrome for Android and Chrome OS.

For developers, Google is bringing a two-dimensional CSS Grid Layout, a new system for arranging content on web pages. This will make the development work much easier for developers as the new version can now support screen sizes of all sorts. Google also enabled (by default) a new WebAssembly API, allowing developers to run near-native code without to download a plugin for the Chrome browser.

Along with an array of new features and functionality, the new Google Chrome 57 also comes with a new Media Session API, which allows web publishers or website owners to push media-rich content to notifications. Users can get more about the new Media Session API at Google blog post, where the Chrome team explained its use.

Additionally, the new version will also notify Chrome users when they visited an unsecured page with the help of a badge. It also enables Chrome users to install Android kiosk apps that are commonly found in many retail stores.

In addition to the new features and Media Session API, the new Google Chrome 57 also include a few number of fixes and improvements on board. As mentioned earlier by Wccftech, the newly rolled out Chrome update also fixes more than 36 vulnerabilities found on the Chrome 56, including nine high-severity vulnerabilities that if exploited could allow attackers to take control of the targeted systems or PC.

Among the vulnerabilities that being patched are the following: a bug that found in the PDFium component of the browser, a memory corruption flaw in the V8 JavaScript engine of the browser, and the flaw found in Google's Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine. Notably, most of those severe vulnerabilities were found by the third-party developers, and as a part of the company's bugs-hunting program, the developers were awarded up to $38,000 in bug bounty payment.

Thankfully, Google is also bringing the Chrome 57 update to the iOS version. The Reading List feature will allow users to save web pages for later reading on Chrome for iOS. Google is currently testing this feature in Chrome beta build for iOS.

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