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The Modern Mobile Web: State of the Union

Posted by Rahul Roy-chowdhury, VP Product Management, Chrome What a difference a year makes. Last year at Google I/O, we shared that the mobile web was open for business. New technologies such as AMP and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) were bringing new capabilities,...

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Happening now: The Mobile Web State of the Union

Welcome to Google I/O 2017! Today at 4PM Pacific Daylight Time, Rahul Roy-chowdhury, VP Product Management for Chrome, will be on stage at Google I/O discussing The Mobile Web: State of the Union. Tune into the livestream below, and if you happen to be attending...

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Improving extension security with out-of-process iframes

Security is critical to Chrome, and many features protect Chrome users as they browse the web. Google Safe Browsing warns users away from websites known to be dangerous. Chrome’s sandbox and multi-process architecture provide additional layers of defense by helping...

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Next steps toward more connection security

In January, we began our quest to improve how Chrome communicates the connection security of HTTP pages. Chrome now marks HTTP pages as “Not secure” if they have password or credit card fields. Beginning in October 2017, Chrome will show the “Not secure” warning in...

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Real-world JavaScript performance

The V8 JavaScript engine is a cornerstone of fast browsing in Chrome. Over the course of the past year, the V8 team has developed a new method for measuring performance against snapshots of real web pages. Using insights from real-world measurements, the V8 team...

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Scroll anchoring for web developers

One of the strengths of the web is progressive loading, which means that there is no install step and users can start consuming content almost immediately while the site keeps loading. But progressive loading can also result in annoyances, such as an unexpected page...

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Faster 3D rendering with WebGL 2.0

The WebGL JavaScript API exposes hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the web. Chrome 56 brings support for WebGL 2.0, a major upgrade to the API which unlocks a variety of new graphics features and advanced rendering techniques. WebGL 2.0 is currently available for...

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Reducing power consumption for background tabs

Efficient power usage is an important aspect of speed, one of Chrome’s key pillars. To prolong battery life, Chrome should minimize power impact from things users can’t see. This includes background tabs,  which consume a third of Chrome's power usage on desktop....

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Integrating Progressive Web Apps deeply into Android

In 2015, we added a new feature to Chrome for Android that allows developers to prompt users to add their site to the Home screen for fast and convenient access. That feature uses an Android shortcut, which means that web apps don’t show up throughout Android in the...

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Open-sourcing Chrome on iOS!

Historically, the code for Chrome for iOS was kept separate from the rest of the Chromium project due to the additional complexity required for the platform. After years of careful refactoring, all of this code is rejoining Chromium and being moved into the...

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Performance improvements in Chrome’s rendering pipeline

Speed is one of Chrome’s four core principles, enabling web developers to provide users with faster, more engaging web experiences. While many components in the browser contribute to overall speed, the rendering pipeline is primarily responsible for ensuring websites...

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Reload, reloaded: faster and leaner page reloads

Reload has long been a staple feature of web browsers and kept its original behavior throughout the years, despite the changing landscape of web platform innovations, connectivity, and content consumption patterns. When reloading a page, browsers will check with the...

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Introducing the WebVR API in Chrome for Android

Virtual Reality (VR) is rapidly growing in popularity, and now it's coming to the web. The power of the web is that it can allow VR to work across browsers and hardware, accessible via a single click. This enables VR developers to broadly reach users across multiple...

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Roll-out plan for HTML5 by Default

Four months ago we announced that we’d be moving to HTML5 By Default to offer a safer, more power-efficient experience. As a reminder, this change disables Adobe Flash Player unless there’s a user indication that they want Flash content on specific sites, and...

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