New In Chrome 28: Rich Notifications & Blink Engine

Google Chrome updates just as regularly as Firefox, but doesn’t always introduce something for developers or end users that would matter much. The last major update from the browser was version 27, which brought a Google Now-like voice search to Chrome. Chrome 28 is now available and this new release brings one major change as well as a brand new feature that both developers and users will love. Chrome 28 is the first stable release to use the Blink engine for rendering pages. It also introduces rich notifications that had made an appearance earlier on in the beta version of the browser. The new notifications come with a unified notification center as well, though it appears to be very basic at the moment and is available only for Windows and Chrome OS, with release planned for Mac OS X and Linux soon.

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The New Blink Engine

The use of the Blink engine is something that will mostly interest developers, but users might also notice an improvement to the browser’s speed and how it’s rendering pages. You can head over to chrome://version to check out the version of the Blink engine yourself.

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Improved Notifications & New Notification Center

The new notifications are definitely the highlight of this release. An API for the notification center will allow developers to integrate smarter desktop notifications to be sent by both web services and extensions. At the moment, it works only for a few select Google services such as Gmail and Calendar. Apart from the obvious change to the appearance of the notifications, you will now be able to see a summary of unread notifications from the task bar as well.

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A number indicates how many unread notifications you have at the moment and if you click it, you will be able to see them all, one stacked over the other. You can review all notification here, and dismiss i.e. clear them as well.

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For now, the new notification system should be of primary interest to developers so that they can integrate its support in their web services and extensions; only then will users start getting full benefit out of it. For Windows users, this will give them a notification center that is somewhat like the one in OS X, allowing them to view all their notifications from Chrome apps, extensions and web services in one place.

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  • Vertebrae

    I’m really disappointed by the fact that they removed the flag to revert to the “old” context menus.

    • Name

      I totally agree. I will wait for the next one two updates and if they don’t change it, I will switch to some other Chromium based Browser. Yandex has always been 1000x better and then there is also Chrome Plus with an integrated ad blocker and well at least 10 other Chromium forks.

  • Genloving

    The extensions on the toolbar are ALL hidden with the dropdown button. And there is no way to customise which extensions buttons to display and not too. This makes it inconvenient to access commonly used extensions which have no keyboard shortcuts.

    • My name

      You can resize the omnibar.

      • Genloving

        It works! I thought the toolbar is locked. Thanks!

  • John

    I find it very embarassing that they integrate so-called new rich notifications but not a single extension supports it. Sorry, that is a no-go. Everyone with an IQ of ONE knows that before publishing something that there should be a beta test… so that at least 20.. 50 extensions support the new notifications when rich notifications is published to all.

    Absurd.

  • Tim Tian

    I have Chrome 29. I am confused.

    • Mufc4Martin

      You are using Google Chrome beta. Same as me.

      • Tim Tian

        …so that’s why I’m always 1v ahead of everyone XD

        • Mufc4Martin

          Yep! :D