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Chrome 67 for Android Released With APIs to Enable AR and VR Experiences, Includes Horizontal Tab Switcher

 
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Chrome 67 for Android Released With APIs to Enable AR and VR Experiences, Includes Horizontal Tab Switcher

Highlights

  • Chrome 67 has now been released
  • The new Chrome version has AR and VR APIs
  • It also brings a horizontal tab switcher

Chrome 67 for Android has started rolling out. The fresh development comes just after Google released the latest Chrome 67 for Linux, macOS, and Windows devices. The new version brings a list of APIs to help developers enable new virtual reality (VR) experiences. Also, there is an option to enable a horizontal tab switcher. The latest Chrome version will be available via Google Play over the course of the next few weeks.

Google has provided a new WebXR Device API in Chrome 67 for Android that is aimed to enable Web-based AR and VR experiences. The new API is initially under testing, and with Chrome 67, developers can experience its benefits. Developers need to sign up for the origin trial programme to begin their work with the WebXR Device API. The API specifically supports mobile devices and desktops and is designed to unify experiences across AR-enabled mobile devices, mobile-based VR headsets such as Google Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR, and desktop-hosted headsets, including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

In addition to the WebXR Device API, Chrome 67 brings the Generic Sensor API that lets developers easily obtain sensor data to create web applications with experiences such as immersive gaming, fitness tracking, and AR or VR. Google notably announced the addition of Generic Sensor API and WebXR Device API at the time of releasing Chrome 67 beta back in late April.

Chrome 67 for Android additionally has a flag specifically to enable a horizontal tab switcher. This replaces the original vertical tab switcher and is in line with the recent menu available on Android P. You can enable the horizontal tab switcher by visiting chrome://flags/#enable-horizontal-tab-switcher.

chrome horizontal tab switcher Chrome 67

Vertical tab switcher, on the left, and horizontal tab switcher, on right

There are also revamped favicons for system pages that you can notice after visiting the flags page. Besides these, the latest Chrome version has some security improvements and bug fixes.

The updated Chrome for Android version is yet to debut on Google Play for many users. However, you can experience all the new features by downloading its APK file from APK Mirror.

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