An update to the Google Chrome browser, Chrome 55, has rolled out to the masses. The new version of the popular, but much maligned desktop browser offers a number of security fixes, as well as now defaulting to HTML5 video on a majority of websites.
The move to make HTML5 the default in the browser began back in late Summer, with the release of version 53 of the browser, which blocked Flash-based analytics and background elements. Version 54 contained revamped YouTube code that forced YouTube to present videos using HTML5. In Chrome 55, users will be prompted to enable Flash when they visit sites that still use it.
The new version, (55.0.2883.75 for Mac) also offers a number of other fixes and improvements, bringing 26 security patches, which were rooted out by Google’s bug bounty program, and a plugs for another 10 holes found by Google itself.
Chrome 55 is now available for download. Existing users can update by clicking “Chrome” -> “Preferences” in the Chrome Menu Bar, and then clicking the “About” option on the Preferences page. New users can download the latest version of Chrome from the Chrome download page. An update for the iOS version of Chrome has as yet not been announced, but is likely soon to follow.