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Google Rolling Out Chrome 52 Adding New Developer Features, Removing App Launcher And Backspace Shortcut

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(Photo : Google Chrome/Facebook) Google's latest update to Chrome also comes with 48 security fixes and better performance.

Goole is now rolling out the latest software update for its Chrome Web browser to Mac, Windows and Linux. Chrome 52 comes with added developer features as well as some major improvements.

One of the biggest changes in Chrome 52 (52.0.2743.82) is that Google has finally removed the backspace button as a return shortcut, according to 9To5Google.

Users have been complaining for years that they've accidentally lost data by pressing the backspace while under the impression that they were typing.

Although many will surely be relieved that this issue has finally been fixed, there will be some who might have gotten used to it. That's why Google is also working on an extension that would allow some users to keep using that shortcut.

Google has also removed the Chrome app launcher, according to VentureBeat. The app launcher enabled users to open up Chrome apps without having to open the Web browser.

The tool was considered as a redundant feature because launching apps on computers is already natively supported with the operating system. With Chrome 52, Chrome apps will now live within a computer's OS and will still allow users to open apps without the browser being open.

For users with Chrome OS-powered computers, the Chrome app launcher will still continue working the same way as it did before.

For developers, Chrome 52 now comes with a new CSS contain property which allows them to prevent Web page elements from displaying outside of bounds. This will allows Web pages to load a lot faster as some Web page element will no longer need to be updated.

This version of the browser also comes with VAPID support. VAPID is a push service that authenticates a website's server.

For users of Mac computers, Chrome 52 comes with Google's Material Design, a redesign of the top bar and other user interface elements.

The redesign is intended to unify the browser's look with the rest of Google's apps for Android and iOS. The user interface for Chrome 52 for Macs is a bit sharper and flatter, while the the top bar, tabs and menus have a more transparent look.

This material redesign was first introduced back in April for Chrome OS computers. There's no word yet on when this will also be applied to Windows, but users can try it out by downloading a beta version of the browser and play around with its settings, according to The Verge.

Lastly, Google says that the ver.52 update to the Chrome Web browser delivers 48 security fixes and performance features which will be detailed sometime in the near future.

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