stable Stories January 21, 2016

Chrome 48 released to stable channel, better performance coming in future updates

Chrome on Mac, Window, and Linux is being updated this week to version 48. The latest update contains the usual bug fixes and improvements for the desktop browser, but mobile devices will see the bulk of the improvements. Future updates to Chrome, we’ve learned, will bring a new compression algorithm that will help the browser load faster pages and use less power on all platforms.

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stable Stories May 19, 2015

Google pushes Chrome version 43 to the stable channel w/ Web MIDI support, more

We told you about Chrome 43 beta back in April, but now Google has pushed it to the stable channel. Not many groundbreaking new features are included with this version, but it does pack Web MIDI support, new security and compatibility fixes, and “a number of small changes to enable developers to build more powerful web applications.”

The Chrome team is happy to announce the promotion of Chrome 43 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 43.0.2357.65 contains a number of fixes and improvements.  A list of changes is available in the log.

Security Fixes and Rewards Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven’t yet fixed. This update includes 37 security fixes. Below, we highlight fixes that were contributed by external researchers. Please see the Chromium security page for more information.

The update should be rolling out now.

stable Stories May 14, 2015

We told you back in March when the first Material-redesigned beta of Nova Launcher came out, but now Kevin Barry, the app launcher’s creator, has officially released the new Nova Launcher on its stable channel… expand full story

stable Stories May 1, 2015

PSA: Stable release of Android Studio 1.2 now available

Google has now released Android Studio 1.2 in the stable update channel. As has been the case since the software was first released in beta just about a month ago, the update features a distraction-free mode, inline debugger variables, simultaneous tag editing, better formatting, and more.

Version 1.2 updates Android Studio to IntelliJ 14.1.1, which means (compared to version 1.1) version 1.2 of the environment picks up all of the IntelliJ 14 and 14.1 features, including:
  • a new debugger which shows variable values inline in the editor, can decompile libraries you don’t have source code for, and can generate a list of objects referring to a selected object
  • distraction free mode
  • simultaneous tag editing (where you can edit open and closing tags simultaneously)
  • editor enhancements like multiple selections, smart backspace indent, and automatic indentation detection for the current file
  • new and improved refactoring operations
  • annotation inference, scratch files, improved Gradle support, improved diff view, high-density monitor support, and many more features
  • See https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/whatsnew/ for more details.

You can grab Android Studio at the Google Developer website, and if you already have it installed, you’ll find that version 1.2 should be available right now.

stable Stories January 21, 2015

Google Chrome stable channel bumped to version 40, packs tons of bug fixes

Google has today pushed Chrome 40 to the stable channel, specifically version 40.0.2214.91. This update, while packing only minor changes, is the first that has moved version 40 to stable from its beta stage (which it entered in late November of 2014). Of the changes are an updated app information dialog for the Windows and Linux versions of the browser, and a new message for when the clock is ahead or behind. The more important change in this update is the inclusion of 62 security fixes, which are all documented on the Chromium issue tracker.

The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 40 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux. Chrome 40.0.2214.91 contains a number of fixes and improvements, including:

  • Updated Chrome app info dialog for Windows and Linux.
  • A new clock behind/ahead error message.

A partial list of changes is available in the log.

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