Google strikes again with new chrome update via Chrome 72 for all mobile and desktop users. The chrome updated version brings security improvements, and add new features for developers. For Windows, Mac, and Linux, chrome 72 added new Settings menu, Web Authentication API improvements, complete blocking of pop-ups during page unload, and more.
Details on the desktop features shows that Chrome 72 removes the ability to setup a Chromecast dongle using the desktop browser, and instead points users towards the Google Home app for Android and iOS . This change is only for the setting up process, and casting tabs, videos, or audio is still very easy as usual.
The Settings menu gets Autofill support for its sections, and there’s also a shortcut in the People section that lets you open the Google Account settings directly. Chrome 72 also brings Web Authentication API improvements for added layer of security. It now allows users to sign-in using a security key, Bluetooth U2F keys, or other security methods.
For Mac users, Chrome 72 brings support for external authentication devices that connect over BLE. Chrome 72 also restricts pop-ups to no longer appear during page unloads, regardless of whether the pop-up blocker is activated or not. Chrome 72 for Windows also blocks code injections thereby reducing crashes caused by third-party software. The update also includes a total of 58 security fixes. See full details here.
As for Android, Chrome 72 brings a new way to see tab history (long pressing the back button), a few changes to the Tab menu, and security improvements as well. The Chrome 72 was also released for iOS users, which its changelog is Below:
- Support for more search engines. To add another search engine, perform a search on that website in Chrome. Then visit Chrome settings to add the search engine.
- Fixed crashes on some page translations and added translations on previously untranslated websites.
- A Siri Shortcut to start a new search is available
Where to Download Chrome 72
As for Desktop, users can update to the latest version by using Chrome’s built-in updater or downloading it directly from the company website.