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Google Chrome 67 Takes Stage with PWAs, WebXR API, and Slew of New Features

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Published on : Jun 05, 2018

Equipped with native VR and AR support, the latest Chrome 67 has been announced by Google and is said to be designed for desktops and Androids. Publicized in 2016, the experimental version of WebXR API is currently in original trial, although it could be used to experience VR and AR in web browsing. Recently found in Chrome’s developer preview edition, the Horizontal Tab Switcher has also been introduced on Android devices. As Android P was demoed at the I/O 2018 conference, one of the distinct changes spotted in the ninth version of the OS was recent apps list’s vertical view. For a similar overall experience, the same design is being applied with Chrome.

Updated Google Chrome for Desktops and Androids to Roll Out over Coming Weeks

Besides the aforementioned couple of inclusions, a new Web Authentication API has been added. Google wants to allow users to log into their accounts using alternative methods such as Bluetooth devices, fingerprint, and PIN if they happen to forget their passwords. Currently, the API is only supported by Firefox. However, it could soon be updated in Edge, Safari, and other browsers. When surfing on Chrome, users can pin websites supporting progressive web apps (PWAs) to the home screen of their smartphones. This could also be enabled for the desktop version.

Generic Sensor API is another significant addition which helps developers to collect data from motion sensor, orientation sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and other sensors for developing apps. This data can be used to create VR or AR, fitness tracking, immersive gaming, and other experiences, said Google.