Friday , August 17 2018

If you hadn’t noticed today, don’t worry — that’s the whole idea. Google updated Chrome to version 59 on Mac, Windows and Linux overnight, and chances are if you go look now, you’ll find that your Chrome has updated itself in the background. Well, that roll-out continues, and now Chrome 59 is on its way to your Android device as well. Headline features of this release include faster page loading, less memory usage and the usual range of stability and security patches.

What’s under the hood making this happen? A new JavaScript engine is responsible for page load times and reduced memory usage — around 10 to 20% faster according to Google’s measurements of page load times over the last twelve months or so.

Another new feature, though you won’t have seen many of them yet, is support for Animated PNG images, or APNG files. These are like animated GIFs which are well known, but with support for 24-bit colour and 8-bit transparency too, which will lead to some creative meming in the future I’m sure.

Chrome 59 should show up on your phone in coming days, but you can check the Play Store for updates whenever you like.

Google Chrome: Fast & Secure
Google Chrome: Fast & Secure

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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