After the release of version 78 on Android, Mac, Windows and Linux, the next beta version of Google’s browser will be launched. The beta version of Chrome 79 includes freeze tabs on desktops to conserve resources, the shared clipboard, and a DNS test over HTTPS.
The new Freeze tab feature in Chrome 79 saves memory, CPU, and battery life. This feature is available for Mac, Windows, and Linux browsers, as well as for Chrome OS. Tabs that have been in the background for more than five minutes freeze and can not perform tasks. There is an exception for audio and video, while websites may allow experimental exclusion.
Google is working on a clipboard shared between computers and Android, which is available in the context menu. The copied text can be shared on devices that are signed in to the same Google Account and have Chrome Sync enabled. The text is encrypted from end to end and Google watches how the content is not displayed.
It was implemented earlier this month for a “limited number of users” and will be “released to all users in a future release of Chrome.”
Originally planned for the previous release, Chrome 79 will feature an experiment for 1% of users, enabling secure DNS connections to DNS over HTTPS. This avoids tracking users and malicious redirects. With a new flag you can deactivate the DoH test:
Chrome checks to see if the user’s DNS provider belongs to a list of participating providers that support DoH, and in this case activates DoH. If the DNS provider is not listed, Chrome does not enable DoH and will continue to work as it does today.
Chrome marks sites that use TLS 1.0 or 1.1 as “Not Safe” and removes the blocking icon. This action will begin in January 2019 as Google encourages websites to move away from legacy TLS.
The WebXR Device API is now being released in Chrome, allowing developers to create web-based virtual reality experiences for smartphones and head-mounted displays.
This specification will soon be compatible with Firefox Reality, Oculus Browser, Edge and the Magic Leap Helio browser for a consistent experience. In the future, the API will enable augmented reality and other interactive experiences.
With advanced web applications, online experiences feel like any local customer. A part of it is displayed in the launcher and receives a start screen icon. On Android, Chrome 79 allows customizable icons to automatically “mask irregularly shaped icons so they fit properly,” not just circular ones.
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