Google today launched a new version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux. The latest version 47.0.2526.73 comes with a slew of fixes and improvements. One of the main changes is the removal of notification center, which Google had promised to do so last month.
Google earlier this year had introduced support for push notifications for web pages via web push standard. Earlier, Google had Chrome apps and extensions that supported notification on desktop since. In 2013, it introduced dedicated notification center where users can find all the notifications from Chrome apps and extensions that they had missed out on.
However, Google in its recent post had acknowledged the notification center on the desktop browser wasn’t getting much of traction. It said, “in practice, few users visit the notification center.”
Removal of notification center doesn’t mean that Google has done away with notifications for web pages. In an attempt to streamline its Chrome, Google has included web push notifications, and also option to customize Chrome.
Apart from removal of notification center, the latest Chrome update comes with several bug fixes. Google promises to launch Chrome 47 for Android as well. The mobile browser will bring splash screens feature and more. Other details of the update will be announced soon. You can check more details about the Google Chrome update for Windows, Mac and Linux here.
Last round of Chrome update removed support for ‘OK Google’ detection on desktop browser. The feature allowed users to speak to their PCs for quick hands-free search, with ‘Ok Google’ being the trigger to activate it. However, like the notification center, Ok Google feature on desktop wasn’t very popular.