Google decided to ditch version 82 of its popular Chrome browser entirely as adapts its release schedule in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. As much of the world works from home amid the pandemic, Google announced plans to pause future releases of Chrome and Chrome OS to ensure stability through the unprecedented circumstances.
Initially, this suggested Google would continue with new Chrome releases in numerical order ready to roll out when society returned to some form of normality. However, the most recent announcement from the firm appears to confirm this won’t be the case.
Google’s director of technical program management, Jason Kersey, explained the tech company had to decided to skip the release of Chrome version 82 to “keep users safe and focus all efforts on maintaining stability”.
So what features was Chrome 82 supposed to introduce?
Well, the new browser was expected to include a new warning system to alert users if they attempt to download files from an non-secure website or download any file types the browser deems to be insecure.
Additionally, Chrome 82 was also anticipated to remove support for the Google Web Store extension and any Google Chrome App downloads. As noted by TechRadar, it’s expected all the new features in Chrome 82 will make their way into Chrome 83 that is still scheduled for release. Of course, an exact arrival date for Chrome 83 is still unclear.
That said, Kersey suggested the debut of Chrome 83 for all users could be brought forward, likely because of the abandonment of Chrome 82.
He explained: “Once M81 is cleared to release to Stable, we expect to adjust our future milestone schedules, including possibility shifting M83 forward to target an earlier branch and Stable date.”
First of all though, users will be treated to Chrome 81 that is yet to arrive in a stable form due to the coronavirus. This version of the browser was initially intended for release on March 17.
Google Chrome 81 will introduce a host of new improvements to the browser, such as support for Near Field Communications (NFC) on mobile, improved support for augmented reality (AR) and a few other features worth shouting about.
You can read all about the new changes in Chrome version 81 here.