Google unveils new Chrome 95 with unique features for end-users

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Chrome, a cross-platform web browser developed by Google, has rolled out its new version Chrome 95 to the stable channel for Android, Windows, Mac and Linux users.

The updated version contains a number of fixes and improvements. It brings along improved payment authentication, and the ability for web apps to register themselves as URL handlers and act more like native default apps.

The desktop update brings a new EyeDropper API, and the ability to save tab groups as well. Google also confirms that the update includes a total of 19 security fixes.

Chrome 95 introduces WebAuthn, a new payment extension that allows a relying party, such as a bank, to create a ‘PublicKeyCredential’ that can be queried by any merchant origin during an online checkout through the Payment Request API using the ‘secure-payment-confirmation’ payment method.

Google says, “Strong authentication with the user’s bank is becoming a requirement for online payments in many regions, including the European Union.” The proposed feature is said to provide a better user experience and stronger security than existing solutions.

With Chrome 95, Web apps can register themselves as handlers of custom URL protocols/schemes using their installation manifest. This will allow them to function more like native apps bringing a better experience for end-users. Chrome 95’s ability to save tab groups enables multiple tabs to be saved for opening together at a later date.

Additionally, Chrome 95’s new EyeDropper API, lets users choose a color from an image. This tool is often found in Photoshop and PowerPoint, and the built-in API makes it simple to embed into websites.

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