Google released the new version of Chrome 124 along with the stable Chromium update


The Chrome browser differs from Chromium in its use of the Google logos

Google announced the launch of the new version of your web browser "Google Chrome 124" along with a stable update to the open source Chromium project, which serves as the foundation of Chrome. In this release, a series of updates have been implemented that bring with them different changes and significant improvements in both the browsing experience and security for users.

In the new version, in addition to introducing innovations and bug fixes, 22 vulnerabilities have been eliminated and it was highlighted that no critical problems were found that allow bypassing browser protections and executing code outside the system's sandbox environment. As part of its rewards program for discovering vulnerabilities in this version, Google awarded 13 prizes totaling US$65.

What's new in Chrome 124?

The new version of Chrome 124 now allows you to install any web page as a PWA application, even if it doesn't meet all the PWA criteria. With this change, Google has simplified the process of adding PWA, as you only need to visit the website you are interested in, then tap “Settings”, go to “Save and share” and select “Install page as app”.

In Chrome 124 for Windows, macOS, and Linux, TLS includes support for the key encapsulation mechanism KEM using an X25519Kyber768 algorithm (resistant to brute force attacks on quantum computers.

Also, in accordance with the requirements of the European WFD, in Chrome 124 a dialog box is provided to select the search engine which will be used by default. There are search engines to choose from, available in the settings section «chrome://settings/search«. The search engines in the list are displayed in random order.

Another change that occurs is that the Skia library considers Windows color and contrast settings for ClearType, which improves text quality on LCD monitors. On Linux, notable changes have been noted in the interface fonts.

It has been implemented a user request to grant permissions when accessing the Web MIDI API, for interaction with musical devices via MIDI. Previously, permissions were only requested when sending or receiving SysEx messages, but now they are requested on each access to the MIDI Web API.

In the version of Chrome for Android, the bookmark manager now allows you to save bookmarks and reading lists pending on Google servers, linked to the user account. Besides, A new method has been introduced to store local passwords that are not synced between devices, these passwords will now be saved in the password storage provided by Google Play Services, instead of in the Chrome profile as previously.

The SQL Web API, which is non-standard and has security issues, has been completely discontinued. It was disabled by default since Chrome 119 and now the setting to recover it has been removed.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • WebSocket Stream API Support: Allows data transfer between the browser and server in streaming mode without using polling, ideal for applications that require constant streaming of data, such as real-time chat implementations.
  • View Transitions API extension: Makes it easier to create animation effects between different states of the DOM, adding support for events like "pageswap" and the "render lock" property.
  • It is now possible to control the vertical writing direction on web form elements such as selection, meter, progress, button, text area, and input.
  • New setHTMLUnsafe() and parseHTMLUnsafe() methods have been added to use JavaScript's Shadow DOM declarative syntax.
  • The CSS Style Inspection Panel has improved support for nested styles, making it easier to view and edit complex styles.
  • The performance measurement panel now allows you to hide unnecessary features to reduce noise in the graph, while the animation debugging panel offers support for animations linked to scrolling content.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details of this new release in the following link.

How to install Google Chrome on Linux?

If you are interested in being able to install this new version of this web browser and you still do not have it installed, You can visit the following publication where we teach you how to install it on some Linux distributions.

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