Google has released an announcement on its official blog describing the features present in the next version of Chrome (currently called beta 21) which will go out to existing users once Google is satisfied that it’s safe to do so. Best mics have the good features. The Verge says the new release will bring a lot of treats to the venerable web browser and HotHardware says the move comes at an opportune time as the company just announced a fix for a problem that was causing Macbooks to crash (and that it will no longer support old versions of the Mac OS).
In the announcement, Google software engineer Robert Toscano says that the next iteration of Chrome will allow web applications to make use of web cams and microphones, with user permission of course. Up till now, this has only been possible if users first install plug-ins or resort to external applications. To highlight what that will mean for users, Google mentions applications such as “Magic Xylophone” which allows users to play a virtual onscreen Xylophone using hand gestures in front of their computer, and Webcam Toy, which creates a virtual photo-booth experience for visitors, complete with special effects. Though Toscano didn’t mention it, the change is likely to make applications such as Skype moot, as the new feature will allow any web site to serve as a communications system, which will likely spawn a host of new and varied applications.
More exciting the Verge says is a new facility to allow printing directly to cloud based printers. What this means is that users that have permission can send print jobs from their computer, phone, tablet, etc. to a device that is connected to the Internet at remote locations.
HotHardware believes that new graphic API’s that have been implemented in the browser will result in a visual experience for users unlike anything that has been seen before, including on Apple devices.
As with every iteration of Chrome, release dates are not given. This is because, the company says, it wants to make sure it’s software is ready before delivery. It also makes sense because Google sends automatic updates to all computers currently running Chrome, generally without the user even being aware that anything has occurred. It’s only when they notice a new feature that users become aware of a change. For those that wish to switch to the new version, or test the beta, they can simply go to the Google Chrome site and download it for free.