Google Releases Chrome 30

October 2, 2013

Yesterday, Google released version 30.0.1599.66 of its Chrome browser, for all platforms: Linux, Mac OS X , Windows, and Chrome Frame.  According to Google’s Release Announcement, the new version incorporates some new capabilities:

  • Easier searching by image
  • A number of new apps/extension APIs
  • Lots of under the hood changes for stability and performance

The new release also incorporates 50 security fixes.  Google’s announcement highlights 19 of these; of these, Google rates 10 as High severity.  More details are available in the announcement.

Because of its security content, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users should get the new version via Chrome’s built-in update system.  Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.


Google Releases Chrome 29.0.1547.76

September 19, 2013

Google has released a new stable version, 29.0.1547.76, of its Chrome browser, for all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Chrome Frame.  This is primarily a bug fix release, which addresses some display issues, as well as a problem with Flash on some Windows devices.  More information is available in the Release Announcment.

Windows and Mac users should be able to get the new version via the built-in update mechanism. Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.


Google Updates Chrome to 29.0.1547.65

September 2, 2013

Google has released a new version, 29.0.1547.65, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.  The major change in this release is an updated version of the bundled (“Pepper” based) Flash Player plug-in.  More information on the changes is available via the Release Announcement.

Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.


Google Releases Chrome 29

August 21, 2013

Google has released a new major version, 29.0.1547.57, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.  The new version incorporates some additional features:

  • Your profile can be reset to its original state
  • Suggestions offered when you type into the “Omnibox” will weight your recent activity more heavily
  • There are several new APIs for applications and extensions

This release also includes fixes for 25 security vulnerabilities, including at least five rated by Google as High severity.

More information on the changes is available via the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.

 


Chrome Updates for Other Platforms

June 18, 2013

A few hours ago, I posted a note about the release of version 28.0.1500.45 of Google’s Chrome for the Linux platform.  Now the rest of the conventional PC world has been updated, too, with the Release Announcement for version 27.0.1453.116, for Windows, Mac OS X, and Chrome Frame.

This release incorporates fixes for a “click-jacking” vulnerability with the Flash plugin, and some other unspecified security issues.  It also fixes some other user interface bugs; more detail is available in the Release Announcement.  Although the identified security issue is not too serious (Google rates it as Medium severity), it’s probably a good idea to get the update, which you can do using the built-in update mechanism.

I confess that I am no more enlightened than before about why this update is different from the Linux update; I have no further information on what is actually in the Linux update.


Google Updates Chrome to 27.0.1453.110

June 9, 2013

This past week, Google released a new version, 27.0.1453.110, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame..  The new version incorporates fixes for 12 identified security vulnerabilities.  Google rates one of these as Critical, and 10 as High severity.  More information is available in the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.


Google Releases Chrome 27

May 21, 2013

Google today announced the release of a new version, 27.0.1453.93, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.   The new version incorporates some capability iimprovements:

  • Web pages should, on average, load a bit faster (about 5%)
  • The chrome.SyncFilesystem API for access to Google Drive is available
  • Better spell checking and input prediction

The new release incorporates the latest version of the bundled Flash Player, as well as fixes for 14 identified security vulnrabilitues, 10 of which Google rates as High severity.  Further information is available in the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.

Update Wednesday, 22 May, 17:35 EDT

Ars Technica has an interesting short article on the changes in Chrome 27.  The increase in page loading speed was accomplished by switching from a per-tab scheduler to a global scheduler, which allows some additional optimizations of network utilization.


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