Two months since Chrome 59 for Android, Google has released Chrome 60 with plenty of improvements. Let’s take a look at new improved features including a new search widget and an end to vibrating ads.

New search widget

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Chrome 60 has a new search widget, and that is developed as a result of an anti-trust lawsuit. Russian search company, Yandex, alleged that Google violated local competition rules and the settlement required Google to create a search widget that could change between search engines.

The new search box will soon replace the normal Google search widget for Android phones sold in Russia. When tapped, it directly opens the URL bar to search and manually enter URLs.

An end to vibrating ads

The Web Vibration API which was designed to be used with mobile games, allows web pages to vibrate your phone. But Unfortunately, it’s used far more often by annoying ads. Chrome 60 brings an end to this. Starting with the new version, web pages can’t vibrate your phone unless you tap on the page first.

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Payment app integration

The PaymentRequest API was was added in Chrome 53, allows web pages to use phone’s payment service to complete purchases. Chrome uses Android Pay, and a user couldn’t change what payment service the browser used – until now.

The new version of the browser, Chrome 60 allows any payment app to work with Chrome. But till now, no payment app has actually taken advantage of the new API and Android Pay is still the only option for Chrome users.

Other features

Here are some other features that ship with Chrome 60.

→ The VP9 video codec can now be used in MP4 video containers.
→ The new Web Budget API allows sites with push notification permission to tell the browser to trigger background work occasionally, without showing a user-visible notification.
→ The WebUSB API is now enabled by default.
→ Chrome 60 supports the Web Push Encryption format.
→ The new Paint Timing API allows developers to see how long it takes for web pages to display content after they are loaded.

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