Chrome 28 delivers notifications and Blink
By Barry Collins
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 at 08:16
The latest update to Google Chrome includes a new notifications centre and the debut of the Blink rendering engine.
The notifications - which have been tested in the browser's beta channel for some weeks - provide pop-up alerts for Gmail, Google+ and other Google services. At least, that's the theory. Our brief tests with Chrome 28 this morning failed to deliver any notifications.
Chrome notifications aren't only open to Google - third-party developers can also take advantage of the facility.
Chrome 28 is also the first version of Chrome to use the Blink rendering engine, a forked version of the Webkit engine that has been used to power the browser since its inception in 2008.
The fork is designed to remove unnecessary code from the browser and give Google greater freedom to introduce new features.
Separately, the search company is introducing voice calling into Google Hangouts. Google used to provide a voice calling facility via Google Voice, but sidelined the feature in favour of the Hangout video calls. Now users will be able to choose between video and voice calls, and even mix-and-match within group Hangouts, so that some participants can use video while others - perhaps those with limited bandwidth - contribute merely by voice.
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As we are currently stuck with mobile broadband, data usage is an issue for us. Chrome uses an incredible amount of data unless you turn off prefetching of pages. We went through 3GB in a week of light use with no video. Presumably this is also an ecological disaster area as all those unused web pages it retrieves require energy to serve.
By tirons1 on 10 Jul 2013
They have also now patched the workaround to remove the stupid padding in the menus so if you don't have a large screen you will be scrolling more. Why Google?!?!?
By EddyOS_2K9 on 10 Jul 2013
Agree with EddyOS_2K9. I feel as if my 1920x1080 monitor is effectively no bigger than a 1024x768 was 5 years ago thanks to Microsoft's and Google's current UI design policy. Don't they realise it just means we have to move the mouse around more? *We don't all use touchscreens!!!*
By halsteadk on 10 Jul 2013
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