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Chrome 78 allows sites to edit local files, read verification SMS texts, and more (Update: Critical security fix)

Article Contents

  • 1 Native File System
  • 2 SMS Receiver API
  • 3 Different options
  • 4 Obtain

Chrome 77 has just about completed its rollout throughout desktop and cellular platforms, so v78 has moved as much as the beta channel. This replace is jam-packed with new capabilities for web pages, so let’s dive proper in!

Native File System

Internet pages have by no means been capable of immediately entry your laptop’s (or cellphone’s) file system, until there was a plugin like Java or ActiveX concerned someplace. The brand new Native File System API, now accessible as an Origin Trial in Chrome 78, adjustments this.

Here is how the API works: An online web page can carry up a file picker dialog, similar to you’ll see when clicking an Add button on any web page. One file, a bunch of recordsdata, or a complete folder might be chosen (it is as much as the net web page). The web page can later save adjustments to these recordsdata, if it desires.

Earlier than you begin freaking out that web pages can now alter your recordsdata, there are a lot of safety precautions constructed into this already, and the Chrome workforce will probably add extra earlier than the function is prepared for widespread use. Websites can solely see the recordsdata you particularly choose, they’ll solely save adjustments again to these recordsdata if granted permission, an indicator is added to the deal with bar if a web site has file permissions (on the desktop, anyway), and proper now the permission solely stays granted till the positioning is closed.

I am unable to wait to see what will get executed with this performance. We might get on-line code editors that may really work with a number of native recordsdata directly, or perhaps Google Docs might edit Phrase recordsdata immediately in your PC with out importing/changing them first. I am positively going to look into including this API to my PhotoStack net app.

SMS Receiver API

Many apps and providers ask you to confirm your cellphone quantity by sending a code through SMS. Usually, you must go away the app, open the messaging app, copy the code, return to the unique app, and paste the code. Google simply added an API for Android apps that may automate this course of, and now the same function is within the works for Chrome.

I wasn’t capable of get the demo working, however the concept is that when a web site sends an SMS verification code, Chrome can anticipate the textual content after which paste within the code when it arrives. The positioning by no means really will get entry to your textual content messages, solely the only textual content despatched by the positioning. There are additionally safety measures put in place to forestall verification texts from being learn by the fallacious web site.

Different options

As all the time, Chrome 78 contains adjustments for each customers and builders. Listed here are some smaller options bundled with this replace:

  • Emoji in placeholder textual content (in textual content packing containers, textual content entry fields, and many others) is now gray, similar to common textual content.
  • Behind a flag: Synchronous XHR throughout web page dismissal is deprecated. This prevents websites from doing something with a community connection whilst you’re closing a tab.
  • Internet pages can now not create a popup window whereas they’re being closed. This does not have an effect on the ‘Are you certain you need to shut this tab?’ that many pages present when you will have entered info that could possibly be misplaced.
  • Chrome now helps JavaScript non-compulsory chaining.
  • Behind a flag: The brand new Display Enumeration API offers websites details about your laptop shows.
  • A brand new in search of choice is being added to the Media Session API. This might permit, for instance, the Spotify net app to have the identical timeline bar because the Android app on Android 10.
  • The XSS Auditor has been faraway from Chrome.


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your current app. The cryptographic signature ensures that the file is protected to put in and was not tampered with in any manner. Quite than anticipate Google to push this obtain to your units, which might take days, obtain and set up it similar to another APK.

Be aware: Most variations of the Chrome APK use app bundles, which APKMirror would not help but. In consequence, only some variants can be found for obtain.

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Replace 1: 2019/10/23 6:43pm PDT by Corbin Davenport

Chrome 78 has reached steady standing, and is now rolling out throughout cellular and desktop platforms. The one change in comparison with the beta launch is that the darkish mode, which initially confirmed up in Chrome 75, now not requires a flag to activate. The choice for it may be discovered within the app settings.

Replace 2: 2019/11/01 10:49am PDT by Corbin Davenport

An replace for Chrome 78 is now accessible that fixes two main safety vulnerabilities, certainly one of which is already getting used to use units. We solely have a couple of variants of the replace accessible on APKMirror (since APKM would not but help app bundles), so ensure to replace by means of the Play Retailer as quickly as you obtain the notification.

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