What’s new in Chrome 105, available today

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Google Chrome version 105 arrives on August 30, 2022. This latest version gets better picture-in-picture support for Android, more tools to make web apps feel native, and some hidden goodies.

Picture in Picture for Chrome on Android

Google Chrome on desktop has supported picture-in-picture video for a long time. Now the API is finally coming to Android devices running version 105.

Picture-in-picture has been possible in Chrome for Android simply by navigating to the home screen. However, the API will make it easier and more obvious to display a video to PiP. It will be up to web developers to implement it on their websites.

Windows controls for web applications

Web application title bar.
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Google has been working on making Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) feel more like native apps. Chrome 97 made it possible for web applications to put items in the top title bar of the window. Version 105 is expanding on that.

Web apps can not only put things like a search bar in the title bar, but now they can also customize controls. That means web applications can create their own buttons to close, minimize, and maximize, and add any controls to the title bar area.

Windows 11 style window tile in Chrome OS

Mosaic of Chrome OS windows.

Window management is one area where Chromebooks have lagged behind Windows PCs, especially with the new options in Windows 11. Chrome OS 105 includes an experimental feature that is very similar to the Windows 11 implementation. .

The feature is currently behind a flag in the Developer channel, but when enabled, you can snap windows to 50/50 split, thirds, full, or floating. You can simply hover over the maximize/minimize button to see the layouts. Find the flag in chrome://flags/#partial-split .

What else is new?

Chrome 105 is a bit light on the big, flashy features, but that’s okay. However, there is still a lot going on below the surface. You can read about many of these changes on Google’s developer site, as well as on the Chromium blog. We will highlight a few changes here:

  • The new Custom Highlight API makes it possible for websites to style things like the Ctrl + F “Search” tool.
  • Container queries allow developers to style elements according to the size of a container element, making them much more responsive to page changes.
  • The pseudo class: has() specifies an element that has at least one element that matches the relative selector passed as an argument.
  • Fetch Upload Streaming allows web developers to perform a fetch with a ReadableStream Body.
  • Chrome 105 improves the display tag strings provided by the multiscreen window placement API.

How to update Google Chrome

Chrome will automatically install the update on your device when it’s available. To immediately check for and install available updates, click the three-dot menu icon and click Help > About Google Chrome.

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