Google Chrome 91 update brings some important improvements for Chrome on Android smartphones and tablets and some bug fixes for Chrome on Linux, Windows and macOS, specifically proclaiming that Linux support is now official for Chrome OS.
Chrome 91 (stable) is a security and feature update that is being rolled out automatically to all devices the browser is installed on.
What’s better with Chrome 91?
This release has several provident improvements, some of which can help advance your flow and work efficiency, particularly with web apps.
A new API for interacting with files: Web apps can now read files from the clipboard. A principal feature of Chrome 91 is that it enables support for pasting files stored in the operating system’s clipboard. Chrome users who want to upload files could use a file browser or drag & drop.
The facility to paste files that are stored in the clipboard adds a new option to this. Use Ctrl-V to paste the file information, and the site will accept it readily.
This feature has been available in Safari since 2018, but it does not provide unrestricted access to the clipboard.
One can suggest the location and name of a file/directory associated with it. This can be done by passing a suggested name property as a part of the show file picker selections. A similar process goes for the default starting directory.
Chrome 91 is also launching back a feature similar to the RSS Google Reader platform. All fresh content will appear in a ‘Following’ section when a new tab is opened. An option in the menu now allows you to follow a website.
Now the Users will not need a sidestep as the bug breaking the mouse cursor and some GUI elements in Linux/Crostini apps has been fixed with the newest Chrome OS 91 update.
For Chrome 91 on Android, Google will suspend inactive tab groups. However, tabs with critical background processes running will be spared.
Google now allows Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) to start when users log into their OS. Users can also manually configure them using the chrome://apps page.
How to update to the latest Chrome 91
Desktop users can run a manual check for updates to install the new browser version running on Chrome on Windows, Linux or Mac systems, whereas the Mobile users might need to wait for the update to be available for them.
Here is how desktop users can update to Chrome 91
Open Chrome on the desktop and select Menu > Help > About Google Chrome to display the installed version and launch an update examination. Chrome will automatically find the new version, download it, and install it on the device. Finally, a restart is required to complete the upgrade.
More minor changes in Chrome 91
- WebTransport custom framework support enables clients restrained by the Web security model to interact with a remote server employing a protected multiplexed transport.
- Enables GravitySensor API by default.
- Tote on Chrome OS 89 and 90 can be disabled by typing chrome://flags/#enable holding space in the address bar and then selecting the Disable option.
- Collapsed tabs will be frozen by Chrome to clear up system resources. Cuts include tabs playing audio and some other types of activity.
- SIMD support for WebAssembly.
- A permission policy enables Web OTP API support on Android for cross-origin iframes.
- DNX over HTTP is now available on Linux