In a recent blog post, Google announced Chrome 76 beta along with the upcoming changes to the browser. Along with popular dark mode, the latest beta introduces changes to Flash contents, incognito mode as well as progressive web apps.
While Google introduced dark mode with Chrome 74 back in April, the feature has received a key update in the latest beta. In the latest beta, websites can automatically display a dark theme based on users’ preferences. With the change, if a user has dark mode enabled, the website will automatically serve pages in dark theme in case they have the settings enabled in the site.
Apart from the dark mode, the company has made changes to Flash contents as well as progressive web applications. While the latest version blocks Flash by default, you can still enable the feature on a per-site basis. Moreover, the beta makes it easier to install progressive web apps on desktop with a new install button. you will see the option in the address bar instead of the menu button. Moreover, PWAs will search for contents on a daily basis rather than on a 3-day period.
And lastly, the beta introduces improved incognito mode which will improve user privacy. Interestingly, this change also means users will be able to view paywalled articles. With the latest version, websites can no longer detect if you are using incognito mode as it will bypass any script used by websites to detect incognito mode. At the moment, we will have to wait to find out if Google makes any changes to this feature as publishers will try to find a way to protect their contents.
The latest beta is now available for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows.