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The holidays are here and Google has an early Christmas gift for users of their web browser: the much-awaited version 55. This version has been teased for a long time with a December release date which came true. And that’s not the only promise that Google made: they also delivered on a browser that wouldn’t hog as much memory.

Chrome 55 is available for desktop computers running on Windows, Mac and Linux. The newest Chrome version will also be available on devices running the Android and iOS operating systems.



While there are shared features across platforms and devices, there are certain updates specific to a particular OS.

There are a couple changes on Android including the ability of users to now download music, video and web pages to view when they are offline. Not only that, users can now view and share downloads from within Chrome itself.

On the other hand, iOS users can rejoice at the fact that Chrome developers listened to their pleas to remove the All Bookmarks folder from the Bookmarks view. In addition, searching on iOS has been made a lot easier as users can now swipe down or swipe right from the home screen.

One of the highlights of Chrome 55 is the use of HTML5 as the default deliverer of web content but only for 1% of users. What does this mean for Adobe Flash Player? It will still be there but it will be blocked by default and users have to grant a site permission in order for Flash to be used. When the stable version 56 will be released in February, HTML5 will be the default content player for all users.

Desktop users can update their current versions by clicking Help -> About Chrome. Android users can head to the Play Store while iOS users can go to the App Store.

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