Chrome 116 arrives with improvements, changes to the corrective update cycle and more

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Google Chrome is a closed source web browser developed by Google, although derived from an open source project called "Chromium".

The new version release from the popular web browser "Chrome 116", along with which at the same time, the stable version of the open source Chromium project, which is the basis of Chrome, was also released.

In addition to innovations and bug fixes, 26 vulnerabilities have been fixed in the new version, of which in this release no issues have been identified that allow bypassing all levels of browser protection and any vulnerability is considered critical. As part of the Vulnerability Bounty program for the current release, Google has paid out 21 prizes.

Main novelties of Chrome 116

In this new version that is presented in Chrome 116, we can find that the download management interface has been modernized, since the download widget is displayed to the right of the address bar instead of at the bottom of the screen. The download process is visually highlighted with an animation in the panel and, after the download is complete, a hint about the operation performed for a while is displayed.

Another change that stands out is that improvements in Memory Saver have continued, expanding the information about the memory that could be released, in addition to the fact that it was also added information about memory usage of active and inactive tabs and improved the interface to add exceptions that prevent tabs with certain sites from being evicted from memory.

In addition to that, with the release of Chrome 116 the corrective update generation cycle has been shortened. As previously within the 4 week build cycle for a major new release, corrective updates were released two weeks after release. Now as of Chrome 116, such updates in the presence of vulnerabilities will be generated every week. 

It is also noted that in Chrome 116 on systems with recent updates to Windows 11 (starting with Windows Insider Dev Build 23486), the webauthn.dll system library is used to support Passkey technology instead of the built-in frontend implementation. the Navigator.

When you enable the additional protection mode of the browser (Safe Browsing), telemetry with data about the user's interaction with the browser is transmitted to Google servers. The data is collected to analyze the actions performed by the user on phishing sites and to study how the user reacts to the display of phishing warnings.

On the other hand, it is highlighted that Chrome 116 users have the opportunity to participate in the test of an artificial intelligence assistant that helps with the search, in addition to allowing clarifying questions to be asked and highlighting the summary of the articles.

In the version of Chrome for Android, the Sharing interface has been changed, on Android 14 devices, instead of the native implementation of the interface for sending data to Chrome, the normal Android interface will be called, which lacks features such as sending info cards and creating a screenshot . On devices with older versions of Android, the old interface will continue to be used by default and you can call the system interface in the "More" section.

Another of the changes in Chrome for Android is that can now display contextual search recommendations related to the currently open page, when the address bar is clicked. When the user goes to the address bar in a new tab, the search queries that are gaining popularity are displayed.

Also, it is highlighted that in Chrome for Android scrolling performance has been significantly improved and provides smoother scrolling content switching, plus a contextual sidebar has been included that allows you to refine information about the content of the page you are currently viewing.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can consult the details in the following link.

How to update or install Google Chrome in Ubuntu and derivatives?

For those who are interested in being able to update to the new version of the browser on their systems, they can do so by following the instructions that we share below. The first thing you should do is check if the update is already available, for this you have to go to chrome: // settings / help and the notification that there is an update will appear.

In case it is not so you must close your browser and you are going to open a terminal and type:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade 

You open your browser again and it must have already been updated or the update notification will appear.

In case you want to install the browser or choose to download the deb package to update, we must go to the web page of the browser to obtain the deb package and to be able to install it in our system with the help of the package manager or from the terminal. The link is this.

Once the package is obtained, we only have to install with the following command:

sudo dpkg -i google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb

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