One of the most popular web browsers is getting a fresh new update for the big 6-0 version, and it only gets better with age. Now available for Windows, Linux, and Mac, Google Chrome 60 includes new DevTools and Mac support among other features and fixes, appealing to the interests of back end developer as well as Apple WWDC attendees.
Here’s a look at the top browser updates that users are excited about:
Font Display – Experimenting with is typography is a great way to build a unique web design, but sometimes if the user hasn’t downloaded the font, the site may appear slow. Compromising user experience like this can be worse off for you website than sticking to standard fonts that everyone already has. Chrome 60’s new font display property provides a fallback that lets you control what a downloadable font looks like before it’s completely loaded, so you don’t have to trade in creativity for usability.
Paint Timing API – First Paint and First Contentful Paint aim to give developers a better look at how their website performs as soon as s user lands on the page. By giving visual feedback of when the browser first starts to render content on screen as well as when the browser first renders content from the DOM, it’s easier to improve the user experience through detailed performance metrics.
Audits Panel – The open source project, Lighthouse, powers a feature that lets you run an audit which gives a report on your web page with a summary of how you did in different categories such as performance and accessibility. It goes as far as to give you scores and show which tests you failed to evaluate the quality of your page and let you know what to improve.
Touchbar Support – Since Mac’s touch bar is a fairly new product feature, support hasn’t been well-integrated browsers other than Apple’s Safari. But, that’s all changed with Chrome 60, which now offers full touch bar support. MacOS user can customize the layout of the Touch Bar through the menu bar which lets you add and remove buttons, change settings shortcuts, and disable typing suggestions, among other functions.
In addition, other new features and updates include:
- Third party badges
- “Continue to here” gesture
- Context selection menu
- Credential management API
- Payment request API
- Non-standard animation functions removed
Many Chrome users will be quick to update their browsers and take advantage of 60’s features. At CrossBrowserTesting we pride ourselves on regularly being the first to release new browser versions for live testing. In order to more accurately see what your users are seeing, test out your web application on Chrome 60.