Are you a Chrome user? Google just added these new features to your web browser, but Apple slammed this feature!
Google Chrome rolled out its new version Chrome 104 on August 2! Unlike its previous releases, Google released its new version a bit late. The latest was Chrome 103, which returned on June 21. The trend is that Google releases an update every 4 weeks, but it took an extra 2 weeks. Chrome 104 offers its users many new and some revamped features including Privacy Sandbox screen in settings to multi-screen enhancements for desktops and much more.
However, one of the highlighted features of this version received a negative response from both Apple and Mozilla! Learn all about this Chrome 104 feature here.
Google Chrome 104 Update Got A Controversial Update
There is one specific feature in Google Chrome 104 that has not received a good response from Apple and Mozilla, it is the Web Bluetooth API in Chrome 104. According to Chrome, this actually allows web pages to communicate with devices via Bluetooth. However, this software is not allowed to do this from cross-origin iframes. According to Google, this Web Bluetooth API opens up multiple productivity and communication opportunities without sacrificing security.
On the other hand, Apple believes that Web Bluetooth compromises security and enables fingerprinting, meaning it measures the uniqueness of static device configuration, such as built-in hardware, dynamic device or browser configuration, and users’ browsing data.
Similarly, Mozilla has also raised concerns about the Web Bluetooth API, calling it malicious.
“This API provides access to Bluetooth’s Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), which is not the lowest level of access the specifications allow, but its generic nature makes it impossible to evaluate clearly… This model is untenable and presents significant risk for users and their devices,” Mozilla expressed concern about this API.
In addition, however, there are a number of new fixes to the existing issues and new developments in the latest Chrome version 104.