Google’s fast launch cycle for Chrome continues with version 103. This version – scheduled for June 21, 2022 – includes faster page load times, web application fonts, and more tools to block annoying notification prompts.
Faster page load time
Google is constantly working to make Chrome faster, and version 103 is making further improvements to this search. Chrome 103 includes support for 103 Early Tips HTTP Response Code (“103” is not related to Chrome 103).
Most modern browsers – including Google Chrome – start downloading pages before you even click or tap a link. The 103 early tips just make this process a little faster, and on the internet, a little faster matters.
Web applications can use local fonts
It seems that every new version of Chrome includes improvements to web applications. The contribution of Chrome 103 is local access to fonts. Web applications will be able to use the fonts you have stored on your device. Web applications currently need your permission to import fonts, but this change will make them work more like native applications.
Block machine prompt notifications
Google Chrome has a number of features designed to detect malicious websites. Chrome 103 enhances these features with machine learning which runs entirely in the browser (and does not send data to Google).
Machine learning will help Chrome predict when a user is unlikely to join notifications from a website. It will then block these annoying prompts for you. If you don’t agree with Chrome’s decision, you can click the “Allow this site” button.
Remove Discover Feed from the new Android tab
The new Chrome page for Android is happening a lot. Along with the search bar and your frequently visited sites, there is a section at the bottom for Find a feed. A new flag allows the removal of the issue.
The function flag can be found in chrome: // # feed-ablation flags. Once you activate the flag, Discover and Following feeds will be removed from the new tab page. This is available in Chrome Beta 103 and may come in a stable version.
What else is new?
Google now releases every version of Chrome every four weeks, which means big splash features aren’t as common. However, there are many things that happen below the surface. You can read about many of these changes Google’s developer site as well as on Chromium blog. Here we will highlight a few changes:
How to update Google Chrome
Chrome will automatically install the update on your device when available. To immediately check and install all available updatesClick the three-dot menu icon, and click Help> About Google Chrome.
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