Google released Chrome 97, the latest version of its internet browser, offering not only the usual tweaks and upgrades, but also much more control over the data stored by websites about individual visitors.
Unlike previous versions, where users could only delete cookies from individual websites, on Chrome 97 users have better privacy tools and can delete all data stored on a website.
To test the new functionality, go to Settings> Security & privacy> Site settings> View permissions and data stored on sites.
HDR support detection
Elsewhere, Chrome 97 also boosts the behavior of web applications. In older versions, the top app bar could not be used properly. Now designers can use it for search bars, navigation buttons, or color accents.
Google has also made improvements to how zoom works on the mobile version of the browser. On the desktop, the browser remembers the zoom settings for different sites, so if you zoom TechRadar Pro to 150% and close the tab, the next time you browse the website it will revert to 150%.
This feature is now also available in the Android version of the browser. To enable it, make sure to enable the flag found in chrome: flags # enable-accessibility-page-zoom.
Zoom can be changed by tapping the lock icon in the address bar.
Another feature built into the live version is the ability of CSS to detect displays that support HDR content. With the feature now live, web developers can enable HDR content without ruining the UX for those without an HDR screen.
Patches and upgrades for Chrome usually happen automatically, as soon as they become available. However, you can always check if an update is ready by clicking the three-dot button in the upper right corner of the browser and going to Help> About Google Chrome.
Google also pushed a number of smaller tweaks, such as the functionality policy for the keyboard API or the auto-expand detail items. You can read more about it on the Google Blog.
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