Two days after releasing the stable version of Chrome 35, Google has announced the release of Chrome 36 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Much like Chrome 35 beta, the new features have a developer focus, especially for those building Web content and apps for mobile devices.
That being said, Google does say this release has a revamped Chrome app launcher for Linux (smaller font size and smarter positioning). As for developers, the highlights are the additions of element.animate(), HTML Imports, Object.observe(), as well as an improved throttled async touchmove model (a full list of changes can be seen in the SVN log).
Google also shared a few more updates specific to Chrome 36 beta:
- Some CSS properties such as scrollTop and offsetHeight will now return fractional values in browser-zoom situations.
- The new WOFF 2.0 Web Font compression format offers a 30 percent average gain over WOFF 1.0 (up to 50 percent in some cases).
- DevTools now faithfully emulates touch with mouse, allowing you to test touch interactions on Chrome for Android using the mobile emulation feature of DevTools.
- Unprefixed CSS Transforms enables rich web content by allowing elements to be transformed in two-dimensional or three-dimensional space.
Chrome 36 is set to launch in June. We’ll let you know when it’s available for everyone.
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