NIXSolutions: Chrome Beta Improves Search, Text Processing and Browser Gaming Technologies

Google has talked about some of the new experimental features available in the latest beta version of the Chrome browser. Some of them are designed to make it easier to search the Internet and exchange interesting text, while others are focused on gaming applications.


One new feature in Chrome for Android allows you to see some search results in the address bar even after navigating to a page. This way, users will be able to navigate to another site from the SERP without returning to full search results, says ITC. This feature is enabled with the #continuous-search flag.

Another test function allows you to create a stylized image from text on websites. This can be useful when decorating text that you want to share with friends or on social media. This feature is available on Android devices and is activated by the #webnotes-stylize flag.

Another new feature adds cards to the New Tab page. This makes it easier to navigate to sites that the user has visited before. These can be cards for recipe pages, shopping carts, or Google Drive docs. This function is available on the PC after activation via the #ntp-modules flag.

The Chrome 94 beta also introduces some new web standards to help improve browser gameplay, notes NIXSolutions. For example, the WebCodecs API will make it easier for developers to access video encoding/decoding codecs that are already included in the browser and determine what to do with video streams. While there are already methods for playing videos in Chrome, they are not necessarily designed for cloud gaming and provide the lowest latency. The WebCodecs API is designed to avoid overhead, making it easy to get the incoming video stream to the screen as quickly as possible, using hardware decoding. In theory, this will also improve performance on slower computers.

WebGPU gives web developers better access to computer graphics resources by allowing them to connect to the native graphics API. In simple terms, this toolkit allows web developer projects to access the graphics card directly, without having to use other layers that can slow things down. In the future, this technology should make it easier for developers to create graphically rich games that run in the browser, taking full advantage of the current generation of GPUs.