Google Releases Chrome 76

Posted on July 31, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge with 15 Comments

Google has released Chrome 76, the latest version of its web browser, adding a new PWA install experience and other features.

“In Chrome 76, we’re making it easier for users to install Progressive Web Apps on the desktop, by adding an install button to the address bar, sometimes called the omnibox,” Google developer advocate Pete LePage writes in a post on the Google Developers blog. “If your site meets the Progressive Web App installability criteria, Chrome will show an install button in the omnibox indicating to the user that your PWA can be installed.”

This is a big improvement over the previous behavior, where the “installability” of a PWA was hidden inside the Chrome menu. (And, yes, this already works in pre-release versions of the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge, too.)

In addition to this major PWA update, Chrome 76 also adds:

No more Flash. Adobe Flash is now blocked by default, ahead of its 2020 end of life.

Improved Incognito mode. Google disabled a way that hackers were using to detect if you’re using Incognito mode.

More developer control over the PWA mini-infobar. On mobile, Chrome shows a mini-infobar the first time a user visits a PWA-based website. But developers told Google that they’d like to prevent the mini-infobar from appearing and provide their own install promotion instead. So this is now possible.

Dark mode. Chrome 76 now supports Dark mode in more operating systems, including Windows 10, macOS, Android Q, and iOS 13. And developers can now adjust the look and feel of their sites to match users’ preferred mode.

There’s probably more, but Google usually starts discussing some new Chrome features after a new version has been released.

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