Latest Chrome Browser v80 Includes Silencing Notifications, HTTPS Push, FTP Support And Many New Features

Google’s Chrome Web Browser has reached version 80. And evident from the feature inclusions and exclusions, the search giant appears to have imparted a far superior level of maturity and finesse. Google Chrome v80 has undergone a substantial change, and the company behind the Chromium-based web browser is actively conducting a review of unwanted functionalities and adding several new abilities, with an added push towards safer, faster and more richer web surfing experience.

Google has deployed the latest update to the Chrome web browser. Chrome version 80 is now being sent to the general web user. Interestingly, the Chrome v80 seems to be devoid of quite a few experimental features that the development team had integrated over the past couple of months. Several Chrome users may find the reduction slightly cumbersome. However, the new direction that Google appears to be taking, is quite refreshing.

New Features And Functionalities In Google Chrome Version 80:

Google has added several important features within the latest stable version of the Chrome web browser. The first change that will be instantly noticeable is about the rather annoying “Notification Prompts” that nearly every website appears to be throwing towards a visitor. Mozilla claimed that 99 percent of Firefox users don’t allow sites to send notifications, and it is quite likely that Chrome users too, follow the same pattern.

Moving ahead, there’s now a new checkbox for quieter messages in Chrome’s notifications settings. Users might have to enable #quiet-notification-prompts in chrome://flags if they do not see the setting. Doing so, the option will be visible under Chrome settings > Notifications > Advanced > Additional settings > Use quieter messaging. The updated prompt is similar to the popup blocker message that Chrome had introduced quite some time back. Simply put, instead of a large alert that covers the screen, the prompt will now appear at the bottom and doesn’t interrupt anything. Google has made the Notification Prompt much less intrusive.

With the latest version, Google is now pushing harder for the completely encrypted and much safer HTTPS web communication standard. Chrome has been slowly pulling back on support for “mixed content,” where unsecured HTTP content is embedded on HTTPS pages. In addition to the warning messages, the browser will try to fix the issue whenever possible.

Google Chrome v80 includes changes for users as well as developers. Here are some other changes in the latest update to the web browser:

  • Support for Custom Elements V0, Shadow DOM v0, and WebVR v1.1 have been removed entirely.
  • Cookies are now marked as ‘SameSite=Lax’ by default, to prevent cross-site cookie reading unless the site developers specifically opt-in.
  • Synchronous network requests sent while closing tabs are now blocked.
  • Popups created when a tab is being closed are now blocked.
  • Support for HTML Imports has been completely removed because ES Modules do the same thing and work with other browsers.
  • Sites can now check what decoding abilities your device has, so streaming music and videos won’t use a decryption format that is overly battery-intensive.
  • A new ‘Periodic Background Sync’ feature allows sites to schedule push notifications for the future without setting up an external server.
  • The new Serial API allows sites to communicate with hardware devices over a physical or virtual serial port, once given permission.
  • SVGs can now be used as favicons.

Google Chrome v80 Undergoes Spring Cleaning:

While there are several features, some minor and some big, included in the latest Google Chrome version, the web browser has undergone some major spring-cleaning as well. The most noticeable change will be the removal of #overscroll-history-navigation. Similarly, the horizontal tab switcher is gone. When the #enable-horizontal-tab-switcher flag was turned on, Chrome tabs were displayed horizontally instead of in a vertical stack.

Google has also removed the #enable-ntp-remote-suggestions flag. This means Chrome users cannot completely remove article suggestions on the New Tab Page. Users can still hide them by tapping ‘Hide’ in the ‘Articles for you’ section of the page, but a button for turning them back is always prominently visible.

Also removed are the flags for Reader Mode. The #reader-mode-heuristics and #enable-reader-mode-in-cct appeared to be very useful and practical, but Google has scrapped them both. It is, however, quite understandable that Google would scrap a mode that removed advertisements from web pages just for the convenience of users.

While it might be majorly missed, Google Chrome v80 doesn’t have full-fledged FTP Support. Simply put, Chrome will soon drop all support for FTP connections. FTP support is now deprecated in Chrome 80. In other words, FTP still works, but it will start to become disabled by default for some users (via the #enable-ftp flag).

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.