Google Chrome, now with “moar better graphics”
Google has released version 18 of their Chrome browser which they say features better graphics and several security fixes and this release also includes the new Adobe Flash Player 11.2. The new graphics capabilities will make graphics better, even on older devices and computers.
The update includes hardware-accelerated rendering for HTML5 Canvas for Windows and iOS and adds TransGaming’s SwiftShader engine so that 3D web graphics render properly, even on older computers. In short, the release offers “Moar better graphics” as Google puts it.
“Today’s web brings beautiful, rich experiences right into your browser,” Googler Vangelis Kokkevis said in a statement. “With Chrome’s most recent Stable channel release, we’ve sped up graphics and drawing performance for users on capable hardware, and enabled fancier 3D content for other users on older computers.”
Security fixes for Chrome
In version 18, Google has implemented nine security fixes; one categorized as low severity, five of medium severity and three high severity issues. The company will not say what the issues are and what vulnerabilities the new version fixes, until most Chrome users have updated to the most recent version. This is kept secret so that users that have not updated are not attacked by those aware of the security flaws.
The browser wars have continued with Chrome seeing increased adoption rates, especially from within the tech community. Updates that make for a faster, more aesthetically pleasing experience are highly welcomed and these updates could help Google Chrome accelerate their adoption rates. What we are most curious about is what security flaws were fixed with this update, and what vulnerabilities were or could have been taken advantage of by those in the know.
Regardless, some say Internet Explorer is dead, but with its most recent release (IE9), Google Chrome has to keep improving in order to compete. But who doesn’t want “moar better graphics?”