Status: Released on desktops (09/03/2017) and on Android devices (16/03/2017)
The Chrome 57 update has now begun rolling out to desktops around the world, bringing 36 security fixes of varying importance (9 'High' ratings at least) and some improvements. A big change, at least from a developer's perspective, is the newly added support for the CSS 'Grid' display layout which was similarly introduced in Firefox 52.
Chrome users are no longer able to access the internal “chrome://plugins” link, the site that allowed users to manage the plugins that Chrome utilises. Google has explained that they have done this because the plugins can be accessed through the Chrome settings, however that is not entirely true as only Flash and a PDF viewer are accessible there. Google have also continued their crusade to secure the web by flagging insecure web forms.
Further improvements have landed with the Chrome 57 update for Android devices, including the addition of the Media Session API which will allow developers to create media-rich content for the lock-screen. Google have explained that the other improvements included in the new version are:
- Useful actions like “Find in page” are available in apps that open web pages using Chrome
- More frequently updated article suggestions on the New Tab page
- Use recently visited search engines as your default search engine
- See Physical Web suggestions, based on your surroundings, in the address bar
Recommendation: Service providers and developers should look to begin testing the new Chrome version soon, if they didn't catch 57 while it was in the beta or dev channels, to ensure compatibility with the offered products and services. Service providers should take note that Google is tightening up on sites that are not using HTTPS by displaying address bar and in-form security warnings on insecure pages.Last modified on Friday, 17 March 2017