Just last week Google has finally released the more updated and stable version of chrome, version 27. This is a small stepping stone towards the perfection of chrome, although the update may not have been required much and it may seem like there have been no new features included, there are some hidden gems that you may not notice directly but it has an impact on performance and quality of life.
Speed and Efficiency increased
Although being generally faster than any other browser, Google chrome’s bumped up the speed in version 27, by 5%, although not being a staggering increase it still means you can count on faster webpage downloads and surfing becoming slightly more easier. The technology that has caused this increase in speed is known as ” Behind the scenes, Resource Scheduling” Which in short means when your network is idle it will download required updates and such so it does not take up your speed when you are browsing through the web. It’s been estimated by Google’s experts that this slight increase in speed is actually not so slight.
“If all those seconds saved by this increase in speed is added up, it accounts for a total of 510 years per week of total time saved for all the chrome users” Although being technologically amazing, it’s a real shame that this is not noticeable in the slightest.
Say good bye to Webkit!
Webkit is the engine that is used by chrome, which detects all the required downloads and puts them in queue correspondingly. But this will be soon changed, as Chrome 27 is going to be the last version to be using this. Google 28 will be going to be use it’s own Blink render engine. The scheduler is going to be changed in such a way so that it will be run at a lower priority when there is browsing going on. This is going to be a great change as the scheduler is going to be shared across the entire browser. But blink is going to be added soon.
Blink allows Google some new features which are somewhat experimental such as such as Lazy Block Layouts which increases loading speed time. Blink is going to be a game changer. In a recent demonstration it reduced the render speed and load speed of a large page from 4 seconds to less than 32 milliseconds!
There have been some bug fixes as well in this new version of google chrome. There has been a total of 27 issues and 14 holes in the security that has been fixed and over $14,633 paid to some keen eyed bug hunters. These bug fixes has been well accounted for as it now made version 27, more safer and much more smoother.
Google chrome’s version 27 has a lot of great fixes and changes, and is going to be the last one to be using the webkit engine. Although this version was not being looked forward to as the version 28 will introduce the blink engine, it still has made great improvements over version 26 and so all chrome users should immediately update to chrome 27.