Google released a new stable version of its Chrome web browser a few moments ago. Chrome 107 Stable is available for all supported desktop operating systems and Android. The web browser update is distributed over the next few days or weeks as usual across the entire install base. Chrome users who want to upgrade early can do so by manually checking for updates.
Just load chrome://settings/help in the browser address bar or select Menu > Help > About Google Chrome. The page that opens displays the currently installed version and runs a search for new versions. Any version found will be downloaded and installed. A restart is required to complete the upgrade to the new version of Chrome.
The upgrade brings the desktop version of Chrome to 107.0.5304.62 for Mac, 107.0.5304.68 for Linux and 107.0.5304.62/63 for Windows, and the Android version to 107.0.5304.54. The desktop and Android versions of Chrome patch the same set of vulnerabilities in earlier versions of the web browser.
Google notes that Chrome 107 fixes 14 different security issues. The highest severity rating is “high”, second only to the critical rating. Google makes no mention of exploits in the wild, but it is always recommended to update as soon as possible to protect the browser from potential attacks.
Chrome’s Platform Status page lists eleven different improvements in Chrome. Most of them are of interest only to developers; a notable exception is that Google has enabled support for HEVC hardware decoding on all supported systems. The feature requires supported hardware and an operating system that supports HEVC.
Google doesn’t list all changes to Chrome on the platform’s status page, or on official company blogs. Chrome 107 may include changes that users will notice once they update the browser. For now, this is mostly an uneventful release that should be considered primarily as a security update.
Now you: do you use chrome? When do you usually update the browser?