Apart from stability, WKWebView brings other benefits such as improved Web standards compatibility, with support for features like IndexedDB. Google says switching to background tabs will now cause pages to reload 25 percent less often. Chrome says that the improvements will gradually be rolled out starting Wednesday.
The new Chrome for iPhone and iPad version 48.0.2564.87 is now available to download via App Store. Some of the other changes the update brings include redesigned icons on the New Tab page and Spotlight integration.
Chrome also announced a new version of its Data Saver extension, which is claimed to reduce the data a computer needs to access websites using the same compression technology as Chrome for Android's Data Saver mode. The extension also has a "Details" tab which will inform how much data a user saved, and which website is scooping up most data.
"If you're using your computer at a library or coffee shop with spotty public WiFi, it's helpful to be able to manage your data usage-which is why we created Chrome's new Data Saver extension," said AbdelKarim Mardini, Product Manager, Chrome in a blog post.
Apart from announcing the new Chrome update, Chrome also claimed that it now shows 5 million Safe Browsing warning messages every day and have over 100 million people using Data Saver mode in Chrome on Android.