Google rolls out Chrome 90, which defaults to HTTPS instead of HTTP

Google’s longstanding push for greater adoption of secure HTTPS browsing takes another step forward, with the v90 edition of Chrome reaches stable channel for desktops starting today. Bleeping computer points out that this release comes a day after its wait, which may include fixes for a zero-day exploit first revealed in the Pwn2Own competition.

In March, Google announced that Chrome would default to HTTPS from version 90, claiming it was the most widely used protocol, improving privacy and security – wouldn’t want anyone to spy on browsing habits without using built-in FLoC technology to do so – and improves the initial loading speed of sites that support it. On iOS the change will come a bit later, but you should see it right away on desktop and Android, and don’t worry – Engadget has been HTTPS ready for years now.

This version of Chrome also integrates the AV1 encoder for the first time on Google’s desktop browser and mentionned it is “specially optimized for videoconferencing”. While we have seen AV1 implemented by Netflix for play video on mobile devices, the “Royalty-free” 4K codec will also apparently improve streaming over ultra low bandwidth networks and improve screen sharing efficiency compared to VP9. As usual, restarting your browser will probably be enough to install the new version, or you can go to the About browser page under Settings —-> Help to force an update.

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