Chrome 86 is another solid upgrade from Google. Aside from the usual under-the-hood improvements, Google Chrome 86 helps you change vulnerable passwords quickly and protects you from websites that are wasting your CPU resources (and battery power) in the background.
Google plans to release Chrome 86 on October 6, 2020. Chrome will automatically install the update or ask you to install it. If you don̵
Reset compromised passwords more easily
Google Chrome can check if your passwords are compromised and warn you about it. Starting with Chrome 86, there is now a quick change password button in Chrome’s password manager that will allow you to change those leaked passwords. It takes you straight to the password reset page on the website, which takes a lot of work.
This feature is only available for websites that support the “Known URL for changing passwords” format introduced by Apple in Safari. Many websites have since taken over the function.
Background tab throttling
Originally intended for Chrome 85, Background Tab Throttling is available in Chrome 86. Tabs that are open in the background are throttled to a maximum of 1% CPU time after being inactive for five minutes or more.
Tabs can “wake up” in the background once a minute. Hopefully, the feature improves performance when many tabs are open at the same time. Google is constantly working to limit the CPU usage by opening tabs.
Warn users about unsafe forms on HTTPS pages
Secure HTTPS encryption is widespread these days, but less secure HTTP content is still displayed on secure pages on the Internet. Chrome 86 warns you when you try to enter information on an unsafe website.
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Previously, Chrome showed a lock icon in your address bar when you were on an HTTPS site. HTTPS sites that used HTTP forms did not display the lock icon. However, Google decided that this was an unclear way of displaying the warning. Chrome now displays a much clearer “This form is not secure” message with red text below the form fields.
If you submit a form that is not secure, you will see a confirmation page warning you that the information to be submitted is not secure and asking you to return.
Improved focus highlighting
For people who use a keyboard or other assistive technology to navigate Chrome, the focus indicator will visually highlight the selection as you scroll through the page. The focus indicator makes it clear what you are choosing. Chrome 86 improves this a few times.
First, a new CSS selector lets developers enable the same focus indicator method as browser users do. The second is a user preference called “Quick Focus Highlight”. This is a second focus indicator (above) that will be shown even if the page has disabled focus styles with CSS.
Consistent icons across Chrome OS
A small change to Chrome OS 86 makes app icons more consistent. All app symbols, whether Android apps, Chrome apps or progressive web apps, are round.
Every app without a background is automatically set to a round white icon. Most people won’t notice this change, but it does make things look more consistent. It also corresponds to Google’s Pixel phones.
Android gets a new overflow menu
Speaking of Android: Chrome for Android has a new overflow menu in Chrome 86. First, they all have entries in the many icons, which makes it more visual. Second, the menu has been broken down into four sections that group similar options together.
Finally, the shortcuts at the top of the menu, which are only represented by icons, have a darker gray background that separates them from the other entries. All of these changes make the menu look a little nicer and the options are clearer.
Like every new version, Chrome 86 includes a number of extras that developers can get their hands on. This is where the real changes often take place. Google has described many of the features on the Chromium blog and the Web Developers blog. Here are some highlights:
- WebHID API: The WebHID API enables device drivers to access legacy and unusual HIDs (Human Interface Devices).
- Battery saving meta tag: Allows a site to recommend measures that the user can take to save battery life and optimize CPU usage.
- Native file system API: Developers can create web apps that interact with files on the user’s local device, such as: B. IDEs, photo and video editors, text editors, and more.