Chrome 95 improves secure payments, tab groups and web apps
Web browsers have become almost like operating systems running inside operating systems, with all the features they contain and the uses people have for them. Some have even started to “live” on the web, or at least depend on web applications for work and play. Being the most popular web browser on the market, Chrome must naturally follow these trends, and its latest version 95 comes with a set of new features designed to improve user productivity.
We already saw the ability to save tab groups in August when it was added to Chrome’s test channel. Tab groups are becoming all the rage among desktop web browsers, and this new feature will hopefully relieve users of some mental anxiety. Now they don’t have to worry about losing and having to recreate their groups when you close Chrome, because a simple toggle will allow you to save those groups for future use.
Although there is no shortage of e-commerce apps on our smartphones, some people still prefer to shop and buy on the larger screens of desktops and laptops. To ensure users are safe with their transactions, Chrome 95 is implementing a new Secure Payment Confirmation feature that builds on the WebAuthn standard by adding more information and authentication requirements to the usual pop-ups when checking out. confirmation of a transaction. As ideal as that sounds, it’s a Chrome-specific feature that can take banks and merchants a while to actually be useful.
While a lot of activity happens directly within the browser tabs themselves, web apps, especially Progressive Web Apps or PWAs, are slowly becoming a popular way to interact with web services. The latest version of Chrome enhances this experience with an EyeDropper API that web apps and PWAs like image editors can use for their color pickers. Chrome now also lists PWAs as potential app handlers for certain types of URLs, making PWAs even more similar to native software.
Chrome 95 is now available on the stable release channel for desktop computers, but the update may take a while to arrive on Android phones. Chrome also gets a special feature for those using Android 12, as it now supports the new Material You design language and the new theme engine.