Google Chrome will soon have an improved pop-up blocker that will prevent sites with abusive experiences from loading new tabs or windows. The feature along with option to mute autoplay videos will soon be rolled out with the next version of Chrome browser.
Google Chrome 63, a stable version, has just started rolling out for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android but Chrome 64 has already hit beta with few nifty features. The major improvement will come in the form of an improved pop-up blocker, which will block sites known for including links to third-party websites disguised as play buttons or site controls. Google says one out of every five Chrome user has reported about websites linking to unwanted content.
Site owners can check whether their site is being found to offering abusive experience by using the Abusive Experiences Report in Google Search Console. Chrome 64 will also prevent malicious auto-redirects with the user staying on their current webpage and a pop-up notification informing that it has blocked a redirect attempt. 9to5Google notes that the browser blocks third-party iframes unless it was accessed by the user directly.
Chrome 64 also brings a new audio muting option across the site, accessible from the green padlock in the URL bar. Other enhancements include support for HDR video playback on Windows 10. It works only for those running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and the system has HDR-compatible graphics media and display. Google also plans to bring native notification support for Windows 10.
Chrome 64 will also offer improved multitasking when Windows 10 is in tablet mode while pressing volume rocker and power button will take screenshot similar to Android. Developers can now take advantage of the Resize Observer API to build more responsive site with finer control to observe changes to sizes of elements on a page.
According to Netmarketshare, Google Chrome is the most widely used web browser with a market share of over 60 percent on desktop and mobile devices. Google has concentrated on bringing efficiency and improve memory management with the last few updates, and now it is concentrating on fixing some generic pain points.