Google has taken all its time to distribute a stable version of Chrome 81. But it turns out that the internet giant should finally have waited a little more. Only 6 days after the start of the deployment of Chrome 81, Google indeed announces that it has discovered a critical flaw “Zero Day” in the browser code.
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Users should not worry too much however since Google already offers a fix online. The update is available with the latest downloadable version of the application (81.0.4044.113). And Google forces users to install this version to avoid security flaws.
Google does not provide any specific details on the nature of this critical flaw. But the description of the update indicates that voice recognition is concerned. Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next big update (Chrome 82) has been canceled altogether. The changes/developments that were planned for this version have been carried over to Chrome 83.
Chrome 81, originally scheduled for March 17 and postponed due to an ongoing outbreak of coronavirus, finally came out. This version brings two major innovations: improved support for WebXR (Augmented Reality Technology) and initial support for the Web NFC standard.
Other important innovations were planned, but they were postponed. The user interface redesign for Chrome web form elements is not yet ready, the removal of support for the TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 encryption protocols has been postponed until Chrome84. The decision to postpone the removal of these two protocols is related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The lack of protocols could prevent some Chrome81 users from gaining access to critical government health sites that still use legacy TLS 1.0 and 1.1 for their HTTPS connections.
The Chrome 81 release is one of the hardest in browser history. The developers not only had to transfer a number of functions to the next version, but also go for a three-week delay in launching this version, which disrupted the schedule of regular six-week releases of Google. Therefore, the software giant took the first of its kind step to skip Chrome 82. The next version will be Chrome 83 – apparently, it will also be available not in 1.5 months, but in 2.