Bang up to date with its usual update cycle, Google has just released version 29 of its Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux and Chrome Frame. There are no real surprises here, but just like nearly all updates to the stable channel, Chrome 29 does initiate some smaller updates. On the desktop, this means the Omnibox, Chrome’s combined URL and search bar, now also bases its suggestions on how recent the websites you have visited.  The new Omnibox algorithm, Google says, should result “in more timely and contextually relevant suggestions.”  Apple Mac users will be happy to hear that Chrome 29 now supports Google’s rich notifications, “so you can keep up with what’s happening within your apps and extensions.”

Chrome 29

An additional new feature of the desktop version is the ability to reset your browser settings with just a few clicks. As Google notes, this should come in practical when you “got overzealous with fun extensions,” for example. What is really neat about this feature though is that the reset will allow you to keep your bookmarks, themes and apps in place, but it will delete all of your extensions.

Along with this update, Google is also bringing in a number of new APIs to Chrome, many of which it has already introduced to the beta channel earlier this year.

WebRTC On Android

Besides all this however, the most important update in Chrome 29 is actually for Android. Google’s mobile browser now offers support for WebRTC, this is the increasingly popular format for plug-in-free video, audio chats and data transfer in the browser. With this, mobile WebRTC is now something developers will soon be able to take for granted, which will help the adoption of WebRTC in the short term. To assist users with this, Google is hosting its own WebRTC video chat app here.


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