In addition to bringing the correction of 28 vulnerabilities, and the first restyling of the logo in 8 years, the new Chrome 100 from Google has brought several substantial improvements: here are the most important that emerged.
Rarely an update for browsers gives way to talk about itself but, with the arrival of Chrome in version 100, on Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Android and iOS, the innovations implemented by Google for its navigation client are really many and intervene on plans that go beyond only the aesthetic part and the significant correction of the previously identified bugs.
Having completed the fix of 28 vulnerabilities, the Chrome 100 browser, since 2011 with a flat-looking icon against the one in the style of Poké Ball of the debut in 2008, has changed again, for the first time in the last 8 years, its iconic logo which, now, while retaining the division into 4 colored segments, shows them more saturated, without shading, with the larger inner colored circle and the thinner outer one. Furthermore, the logo is able to adapt to the operating system in which Chrome is present: on Windows 10 and 11 the gradients intervene, while on macOS the logo remains on a white background but with a hint of 3D in its lower part. On Android it adheres more to Material You Design, while on iOS it adopts a “design” blue and, on ChromeOS, a greater vividness of colors.
Logo look aside, Chrome 100 also changes in substance. First of all, in the way in which the cookie strings are analyzed, there is an approximation to the way in which Safari and Firefox act, with therefore a greater interoperability with them. Thanks to the Multi-Screen Window Placement API, in multi-screen contexts, there will be a display of more information, since the tabs will be organized in a more optimal way in relation to the web apps, perhaps including the participants in a screen and the presentation in another.
No less important are the Digital Goods API, which thanks to their introduction enable digital purchases in the Play Store web apps, and the User Agent Client Hints API which, from April 2022, will have to be supported by websites in recognizing the browser. (thus being able to make the most of it). After having appeared in 2018, and then disappeared, at the end of the “practicum” period in the Chrome Canary channel, the audio muting of the individual cards arrives on a permanent basis with a single click (by intervening on the audio indicator that appears on the card as soon as the playing an audio).
Specifically for Android, Chrome 100 gains an optimized switch to switch from Discover to followed content (RSS), a warning arrives that signals (with a confirmation request) that all the tabs are about to be closed, Lite mode disappears (which loaded less data, speeding up navigation by 60%, introduced in 2014).