Chrome 95 has been rolled out to the stable channel for Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The exact desktop firmware version is Chrome 95.0.4638.54, while on Android it’s Chrome 95.04638.50, and they contain a number of fixes and improvements. It brings improved payment authentication and the ability for web apps to register as URL handlers and act more like native default apps. The desktop update brings a new EyeDropper API and the ability to register tab groups as well. Google also confirms that the update includes a total of 19 security fixes.
Google took advantage of its blog to announce the deployment of Chrome 95 for desktop and Android. The new update brings a new payment extension called WebAuthn, which allows a relying party such as a bank to create a PublicKeyCredential that can be queried by any originating merchant as part of a payment. online through the payment request API using the “secure payment-confirmation payment method. Google says:” Strong authentication with the user’s bank is becoming a requirement for online payments in many regions, including the European Union. ”The proposed functionality would provide a better user experience and stronger security than existing solutions.
With Chrome 95, web apps have the ability to register as custom protocol / URL scheme handlers using their install manifest. This will allow them to act more like native apps providing a better experience for end users. Chrome 95, as mentioned, also adds the ability to save tab groups. This means that multiple tabs can be saved to be opened together at a later date. It is currently behind a flag – chrome: // flags / # tab-groups-save.
Finally, Chrome 95 on desktop brings the new EyeDropper API which allows users to select a color from an image. This tool is commonly found in Photoshop and PowerPoint and the built-in API allows easy implementation on sites. The latest update can be downloaded by going to Settings> About Chrome.
For Android users, AndroidPolice reports that the new Material You redesign is coming with Android 12. The report states that the Material You interface is enabled by default and is likely to be automatically implemented with the latest update.