Chrome 90 Beta Introduces Some of the Browser’s Best Coming Features
Google’s Chrome browser has hit version 90 on the beta side of things, highlighting some important new features coming in. And, based on recent reports, the search giant shows no signs of slowing down. At least not when it comes to new features.
Among the more notable new inclusions in the test channel, the company is improving AR support and cut-and-paste functionality. But that’s not all that awaits users around the world most popular browser. There are at least a few other features for users that are also worth mentioning.
For starters, Google will make video conferencing less demanding on users in terms of connection and hardware. This is through support for the AV1 encoder and optimizations using WebRTC. Both will improve connectivity and compression. And AV1 support will theoretically work on connections with bit rates as low as 30 kbps. This should amount to relatively massive gains in web apps like Zoom, Google Meet, and others.
The search giant is also working to extend the Device Attributes Web API which creates a more secure business environment through device information requests. And on adjustments to an image class container to ensure smoother loading of images, with less jerkiness caused by missed or misplaced images when loading.
How do AR and copy-paste functionality improve with Chrome 90 Beta?
Conversely, the most important of the big changes that users face is the way Google wants to improve the functionality of copy and paste. Namely, he wants to make it easier to access files from the file system. For example, Files on Chrome OS, Windows Explorer on Windows, or File Manager on mac. And, moreover, he wants to make them copyable and pastable.
While this feature is still stuck behind an indicator, even in the beta channel, it would mean that users can copy and paste files from their file manager instead of having to drag and drop them for downloads. Or without using the file picker pop-ups.
On the AR front, Google is working to improve the appearance of AR functionality in its browser. The API currently under test would work similarly to ARCore’s environmental HDR, it seems. This would allow for lighting and shadow effects from the real world impact AR elements generated and layered on top of the real world. Google is also working to enable more in-depth real-world information to be used by online AR, through a new API Depth.
In line with this change, Google is working to give web developers and apps access to severity-related data. With the GravitySensor API, developers could use this data to improve the functioning of motion-based apps and games. Although this feature is still currently hidden behind a flag.
When will these changes affect the stable channel?
Now, it goes without saying that anyone can access these features right now by downloading the Chrome Beta app on desktop and mobile. But that doesn’t mean they’ll be exactly the same when they land on the standard, stable Chrome channel.
As for this release, it’s more difficult to say. A beta appearance for Chromium 90 doesn’t actually mean any given feature will arrive in Chrome 90. It should land on April 13th. But, at the very least, this release shows what Google has planned at some point in future releases.