Chrome 57 Out For Mac, Windows, and Linux With New Features, Update For Android & iOS Imminent


Google has announced that it has commenced the global roll out of the Chrome 57 stable version for Mac, Linux, and Windows users. The new version of the Chrome comes with a series of new features for Chrome OS and Chrome for Android. The Chrome 57.0.2987.98 stable version will be reaching Mac, Windows, and Linux users in a few weeks. For developers, the Chrome 57 brings a two-dimensional CSS grid layout system, which makes the maintenance and designing work easier for them by supporting screen sizes of all sorts.

Along with an array of new features, the new Chrome 57 also squashes the vulnerabilities that were found in the previous version of the OS. The new update fixes more than 36 vulnerabilities found on the Chrome 56. Notably, most of the security bugs were found by the third-party developers, and they were awarded up to $7,500 as the bounty.

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In addition to the new features, Chrome 57 will also notify users when they are on an unsecured page with the help of a badge. Not only that, but the new version also enables users to install Android kiosk apps that are found at retail stores. Meanwhile, Chrome 57 for Android comes packed with a new Media Session API, which offers more controls on media related notifications that help websites to include metadata to the browser.

Chrome 57 Media Session API

In a blog post, Google's Chromium team writes about the new Media Session API:

"Media consumption is one of the most common uses for the mobile web. In Chrome for Android, developers can customize the lock screen UI and notifications with media content using the new Media Session API. By providing metadata to the browser about the content being played, developers can create rich lock screen messaging that includes information such as title, artist, album name, and artwork. Additionally , the site is now able to respond to user actions taken on the notification itself, such as seeking or skipping."

Chrome 57 for iOS

All the goodness of Chrome 57 will be extended to the iOS version as well. As per a report by 9to5Mac, Chrome for iOS might also get a Reading List feature that's found on Safari. The Reading List feature is pretty helpful as it lets you save web pages for later reading. Google is currently testing the feature in Chrome beta build for iOS, which means that it will most likely debut with the stable version of Chrome 57 for iOS.