Google Chrome 100 reaches the final version with new icon and end of lite mode – Applications and Software – Tecnoblog

O Google Chrome, finally, reached the hundredth version. O Google released the stable version of Chrome 100 for computers, cell phones and tablets this Tuesday (29). The browser’s new build marks its debut with a new icon and also ends the economy mode for Android smartphones.

Google Chrome 100 is released by Google to all users;  discover the news (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)
Google Chrome 100 is released by Google to all users; discover the news (Image: Emerson Alecrim/Tecnoblog)

The debut of the new version takes place about fourteen years since the launch of Google Chrome, in 2008. Since then, many waters have rolled and the internet has changed a lot. But the Google browser remains the main option for more than half of the Brazilian population, according to the platform. Statcounter gives Global Stats.

The 100th version arrives on the stable channel with bug fixes and some new features. This is the case with the icon, which has been updated for the first time since 2014 to make it more accessible, as reported by Google designer Elvin Hu in February. The change also improves browser integration with systems.

“We simplified the main brand icon by removing shadows, refining proportions and brightening colors, to align with Google’s more modern brand expression,” Hu said at the time.

Google Chrome Icon Timeline from 2008 to 2022 (Image: Playback/Elvin Hu/Twitter)
Google Chrome Icon Timeline from 2008 to 2022 (Image: Playback/Elvin Hu/Twitter)

Google Chrome Says Goodbye to Lite Mode for Android

The update also marks the end of the browser’s economizer mode, also known as Chrome Data Saver. In case you weren’t aware, the Android mobile feature reduced the weight of web pages so websites could load in less time. In addition, the tool still helped to save the cell phone data plan.

The feature has helped many people in the past. However, it’s time to say goodbye to Lite Mode, precisely because operators currently work with better plans than in 2014, when it was implemented. This was the explanation given by Google Chrome Support Manager Craig Tumblison in February:

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen a decrease in the cost of mobile data in many countries and we’ve shipped many improvements to Chrome to further minimize data usage and improve web page loading,” he said. “While Lite mode is coming to an end, we remain committed to ensuring that Chrome can deliver a fast-loading webpage experience on mobile devices.”

Three-digit user agent kept in Chrome 100 (Image: Reproduction/Tecnoblog)
Three-digit user agent kept in Chrome 100 (Image: Reproduction/Tecnoblog)

Chrome 100 kept three-digit user agent

Chrome 100 was a long-awaited update. But the new version also brought some concerns from last year as it could cause problems on various websites. After all, in tests carried out by developers at the time, the pages returned an error to prevent unauthorized access.

The problem revolved around a feature to identify the browser version, a feature known as “user agent”. As the update brings a three-digit number, some pages only recognized the first two numbers. That is, instead of the site reading the “Chrome/100” agent, it only recognized the “Chrome/10” snippet – a very old version of the browser.

The concern also garnered an alert from Mozilla. But the three-digit user agent was kept in the final version of the browser. After all, developers have prepared their sites for the update in recent months, precisely to avoid failures.

Even so, Google asked for the community’s help to prevent pages from breaking: “if you are a website maintainer, test your website with Chrome and Firefox 100”, they said on Tuesday (29). “If you develop a user agent parsing library, add tests to parse versions greater than and equal to 100.”

The company also said that starting with the next version, the user agent will be gradually reduced.

With information: BleepingComputer and The Verge

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