Google is adding a number of new features to Chrome 69 as the company celebrates 10th anniversary of Chrome browser.
The search engine giant had launched Google Chrome in 2008 when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was dominating the market. Mozilla’s Firefox was second to Internet Explorer holding 26% share.
Chrome grew significantly over the years despite the competition and surpassed Internet Explorer in 2013. It went on to held over 50% share in the market in 2015. Currently, Google’s browser holds 68% share as of July this year.
With the 10th anniversary edition, Google is bringing support for CSS Scroll Snap, display cutouts, web locks API and more to the Chrome 69.
“It’s been ten years since Chrome was first released. A lot has changed since then, but our goal of building a solid foundation for modern web applications hasn’t!” wrote Pete LePage, Developer Advocate, Google, in a blog post.
Support for CSS Scroll Snap will allow developers to create smooth and slick scroll experiences. This feature will be helpful for image carousels and paginated sections where the users want to scroll to a specific point.
The display cutouts feature, also called notches, is aimed to show cutouts and provide full-screen in Chrome for phones. With this, the webpages will have extra margins so that the content on them doesn’t get hidden by the notch.
Also coming to Chrome 69 is support for Web Locks API that will allow developers to asynchronously acquire a lock, hold it during the work, and then release it. No other scripts in the origin can acquire the same lock when the lock is held. This will help in coordinating the usage of shared resources.
In July this year, Google released the Chrome 68 version with its plan to label all the HTTP sites as ‘not secure’.
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