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Google Pushes Chrome 46 Update to the Play Store

October 15, 2015 - Written By Fernando Bonilla

Google’s popular Chrome browser for Android received an update on Wednesday, constituting the launch of Chrome 46. The new release comes with a notable list of updates and will be available for your device, if it isn’t already, within days.

Before the official update, Google’s beta version of Chrome had the new features available for those curious enough to access it. Now officially integrated into the safer Chrome, users can expect to see improvements happen under the surface. On the 46th version of Chrome for Android, Google is emphasizing a more efficient way for authors to animate objects to follow a specific path, in addition to performance and stability improvements. Before this update, content creators relied on an intricate implementation of JavaScript to animate figures, and even then the code could inadvertently cause issues with rendering or input. The shift to enabling these animated objects to function as CSS property has eliminated those concerns and simplified the necessary code.

General performance updates included refinements in image loading. Google is now offering a more efficient alternative to srcset and similar tools. With the aid of HTTP request headers, Chrome will allow developers to communicate with the server in a way that includes image variations that best serve a variety of devices. HTTP request headers and the server report DPR, Viewport-Width as well as intended display width. Google is also allowing developers to take advantage of instrument service workers, which can collect data on fetch and script timing. The time it takes for these service workers to start up is now also attainable.

These improvements are only a small number of the updates Google will eventually release for Chrome. The browser is commonly regarded as one of the top competitors vying to be a customer’s preferred method to get in touch with the Internet, one of the most important tasks for any app to handle. By finding ways to make it simpler to develop for and therefore advance the Internet, Chrome and Google are allowing for the future and now even present where everything has moved online. All these updates add up. Make sure to download version 46 from the Play Store when it becomes available for you.