Following the release of the 75 versions for Android, Mac, Windows and Linux last week Google without hesitation rolled the version number 76, still it is only a beta. If the version 75, about innovation which we have been told here, may seem quite boring, the new version should definitely please many users. Chrome 76 a number of changes, among which the native blocking Flash on all sites, more difficult detecting sites in your activities, if you use “incognito Mode” and, most interestingly, a dark theme that now extends not only to the browser interface, but also on the sites.
Automatic dark mode for all sites
First dark mode was introduced in Chrome for Windows 10 back in April with version 74, but only now it gets a very important update, thanks to which it ceases to be useless. Before, when you activate dark themes in the most popular browser on Android you only receive the dark UI of the application itself, and the pages remained white, what strove the middle of the night to burn the user’s eyes.
Now, with the advent of version 76 Chrome got the CSS setting “prefers-color-scheme” and depending on the currently enabled mode makes the pages black and the text on them is white or, on the contrary, makes the page white and the text on them is black. All of these settings and the behavior for Chrome or depend on the selected mode in the browser (dark or light), or from mode in the Android system, which is very convenient since you don’t need every time to switch something.
Simplified deployment of web applications
Chrome 76 also simplified the installation of web applications (Progressive Web Apps (PWA)) to the desktop with the new install button, which can now be found in the Omnibox (address bar) and not in the main menu with the icon of three dots in the upper right corner where it was before. The new button looks like a small plus icon labeled “install” next to it. PWA will also check for updates more often than before — now every day, not every three days.
Incognito mode is now harder to detect
This innovation was not mentioned in the Google blog, unlike the aforementioned functions, but Paul Irish, a Google employee, wrote about it on Twitter. A few years ago, sites have learned to determine when a user visits a page in incognito mode or usual mode, so use “Incognito” is almost none. However, sooner or later had to correct, and finally, in version 76 fixed.
Chrome’s Incognito mode has been detectable for years, due to the FileSystem API implementation. As of Chrome 76, this is fixed.
Apologies to the “detect private mode” scripts out there. ? pic.twitter.com/3LWFXQyy7w
— Paul Irish (@paul_irish) June 11, 2019
Flash is blocked by default for all sites
This change is also not a word was said in the Google blog, but the publication 9to5google claims that all Flash content is now blocked by default in the browser.
In General, it is expected that by 2020, Flash will be completely removed from Chrome, but now even users of the beta version of Chrome 76 still have the ability to activate proverbial Flash, but with a mandatory warning notice for each site.
The next version of Chrome should appear on July 30.
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