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Chrome 36 Stable Released, Brings New Look Incognito Page

Google has released Chrome 36 to the stable channel, marking a major milestone for Web Components.

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Old and new Incognito pages.

Chrome 36 includes a redesigned Incognito landing page. The new design simplifies the text displayed when you open an Incognito tab and features a cleaner, brighter design with a new ‘incognito man’ icon to the right.

Fixes and tweaks for rich notifications, the Chrome App Launcher on Linux, the new tab page for guest sessions, and a “crash recovery bubble” are included with Chrome 36, as are 26 security fixes.

Web Components

The new stable release also includes support for HTML imports – a major building block for Web Components. While it’s not a big user-facing change like the Chrome App Launcher or a restyled landing page, Web Components are a huge stepping stone for web developers.

Projects like Polymer and X-Tag are leveraging Web Components to make your favourite sites easier for developers to create, improve, and maintain. Chrome has already added support for the <template> element, custom elements, and the shadow DOM. With HTML imports now in tow, Chrome (and Opera) users worldwide will have full support for Web Components.

Android Updates

Chrome for Android has also been updated to version 36, bringing back Google Doodles to the new tab page. Alongside the usual collection of bug fixes and performance updates is improved text rendering for “non-mobile optimized sites”. Chrome 36 for Android will be rolling out to the Play Store over the next few days.

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  • Guest

    How do you get the app launcher in Linux again?

  • niagr

    Does this have the Web Animations API implemented?

  • Heimen Stoffels

    Nice! Hopefully ChromeOS dev will get a new update as well then. I’ve switched to ChromeOS dev recently and I’ve had no updates at all since the initial update to dev. I expected a bit more since dev is ‘technically’ more on the adventurous side. So hopefully now ChromeOS dev will get updated now that 36 is out and stable :)

    • Roland

      What version of Dev are you on. I’ve been on Dev a while and got an update to Version 37.0.2062.8 dev (64-bit) on my Acer C720 on Monday?

      • Heimen Stoffels

        I’m at the same version 37.0.2062.8 dev (ARM – Samsung Chromebook 2). This was the version I got when I switched to the dev channel. Never got any update since, which I did expect given the more ‘unstable’ tag (not that it’s unstable in practice) of the channel.

        • Roland

          There’s currently no update as yet for the Dev Channel (the hidden Canary Channel will have more frequent updates as it’s the bleeding edge of Chrome OS). Chrome OS 37.0.2062.8 dev (64-bit) has the latest incognito features that are in the Chrome 36 web browser.

  • Guest

    What version of Dev are you on. I’ve been on Dev a while and got an update to Version 37.0.2062.8 dev (64-bit) on my Acer C720 on Monday?

  • Joseph Dickson

    Ah, I remember the days when we had to wait a year for an update, only to have 90% of users never upgrade. Chrome really brought websites out of the dark ages. :D

  • Ben Isaacs

    Doesn’t fix my software glitch where the screen keep flashing to black. I’ve read online is an OS thing not an HP11 thing.

  • John C

    How can I get HiDPI scaling working on Windows Chrome?
    The registry hack no longer works, and I see nothing in flags.

  • Boothy

    Interesting that as Google’s own, ChromeOS is always last to be updated………

    Windows gets 36 on Wednesday, ChromeOS, maybe a week later……

    • Joseph Dickson

      I’m okay with that, I’d rather have Google shake out any remaining bugs between Chrome and ChromeOS before it’s installed on my live system.

      I just got the update a moment ago. That was easy, just a simple reboot.

  • Joshua Harazin

    Since this update, the three-finger swipe-down to show all open windows has reversed, I must now swipe UP with three fingers. Not a major problem at all, but it will take some getting used to.