Google has arrived with a significant update for its Chrome for Android browser. The new update will strengthen the use of Google’s sandbox technology which enables protection from malicious websites. Chrome for Android utilizes a multi-process architecture which makes sure that hangs and crashes in one tab do not affect other tabs. Even if such a situation arises, the architecture ensures that there is minimal damage.
User ID isolation technology in Android helps in creation of each Android process extending to every tab, as these are separate processes themselves. This technology along with the sandbox technology brings in a kernel level application sandbox which avoids overlapping of information between tabs. Google has announced in the Chrome blog that enhanced sandbox capability will be utilized in devices running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
Location preference has been shifted to the system level of the device with the new update. Location preference is managed using the OS’s Google Apps location settings. Another notable change with the update is that from now on users will be able to use video controls in full screen mode while using Youtube. Videos will also continue to play after a screen lock and unlock. Several bug fixes and stability improvements will arrive with the update. There will also be better support for third party input method editors like Swype, Swiftkey etc.
The updated version is available for free download at Google Play Store.