Thursday 13 September 2012

Chrome for Android updated with greater security

Google just updated its Chrome browser for Android strengthening its sandbox technology, which helps ensure malicious mobile websites are contained and do not impact the entire browser.

Chrome for Android and desktop uses a multi-process architecture to ensure hangs or crashes in one tab don’t affect other tabs. Even if they do, the architecture makes sure the damage is minimum.

Android’s User ID Isolation technology helps create each Android process, which extends to every tab, since these are separate processes themselves. This in tandem with the sandboxing technology results in a kernel-level application sandbox, that prevents overlapping of information between tabs. The announcement on the Google chrome Blog also mentions that this more in-depth sandboxing capability will be automatically used for devices with Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.

Speaking of other features, location preference has now been moved to the system level of your device, that are managed via the operating system’s Google Apps location settings.

YouTube users will be glad to notice that video controls now work in full screen mode and videos continue playing after a screen lock/unlock.

This update also brings along bug fixes and stability improvements along with better support for third-party input method editors (IMEs), such as SwiftKey, Swype and foreign-language keyboards.

The update is now available in the Google Play store for users with Android 4.0 or later.

Here’s the complete change log:

Chrome for Android M18.1
-Location preference now integrated to system level Google apps location setting.
-YouTube video controls now work in full screen mode; videos continue playing after a screen lock/unlock
-Fixes to make third-party IMEs work better with Chrome

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