The release of Chrome OS version 61 may have been grossly delayed (no doubt due in part to the Pixelbook launch) but that has slowed neither the development nor the launch of the next update to Chrome for desktop.
Right on schedule, Chrome 62 for Windows, Linux and Mac began rolling out yesterday and with it came a heap of updates that look to be laying the groundwork for the Google Assistant’s arrival to Chrome and Chrome OS.
The update brought with it 35 security fixes and netted developers over $40,000 in bug bounties for reporting the possible flaws. In addition to these patches, Google has pushed forward with alerting users to non-secure web pages.
Now, when entering data on any HTTP site that contains input fields Chrome will display a non-secure notification. Additionally, any HTTP site viewed in incognito mode will be labeled as non-secure.
Chrome 62 for Android and iOS should be following in the next few days and if developers are back on track after Google’s hardware launch, Chrome OS 62 should arrive in the last days of the month.
The changelog for this update is massive and I will be digging into it later this evening. At first glance, there are numerous references to the Google Assistant and its native functions that will soon grace Chromebooks and likely the Chrome browser in general. If my hunch is correct, version 63 of Chrome OS will bring these features to fruition along with some other very interesting features I will share later this week.
Check back tomorrow and see what we dig up.
Source: Chrome Releases