Google kills Chrome’s desktop notification center in its latest update

Google finally has fulfilled their October promise, thus, the tech giant has just got rid of Chrome’s desktop notification center in its latest update. The death of Chrome’s notification center seems to be a good news as the number of people actually used this feature is always at the bottom of the chart.

Recently, the search giant has rolled out Chrome 47 for iOS with some new features. Especially, the latest update of well-known browser removed the desktop notification centre. Moreover, it also consisted of several bug fixes as part of the update.


The tech giant – Google has just got rid of Chrome’s desktop notification center in its latest update

Being first introduced two years ago, Chrome’s notification center once was hoped to become a promising feature of Chrome. It delivered all kinds of information to user’s desktop, including package tracking updates, weather, sports scores, and other information typically seen on Google Now. It also saved notifications from Chrome apps in a central spot in case you missed them. Since then, it has been updating consistently by Google.

In fact, this feature takes Google a lot of time and efforts. However, what it brought back to Chrome is disappointed. The popular platform eventually realized that all of its money and attempts spending on this feature are worthless. Hardly has anyone ever utilized the notification center, and some had even disabled it. Then, the continuous support was wasted.

To stop wasting money and efforts for nothing, Google in October announced its plans to remove the Chrome desktop notification centre. The automatic removal now carries out as soon as users install Chrome’s latest update, the tech giant released recently, regardless of the platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) you’re using.

Google mentions that in this version notifications sent to the notification centre would result in an error “and API events tied to the centre will no longer fire.”


Google has claimed that the removal of the notifications center is hoped to improve its browser perform

Nevertheless, the feature still exists in Chrome OS for now, and maybe it will be removed in the future. Unless Google has more plans for it on its own operating system.

Google has claimed that the removal of the notifications center is hoped to improve its browser perform, and streamline proceedings. Actually, it doesn’t imply that the firm is done with push notifications. Instead, it’s adopted web push notifications, allowing users to tailor Chrome to their interests. Users of the browser can set up push notifications for individual web pages, making it so they appear alongside regular app alerts on Android devices, and can still access their notifications from Google‘s homepage.

Apart from removing the notification centre, Google Chrome 47 also brings several bug fixes, most of which were detected using AddressSanitizer and MemorySanitizer codes. It also provide a list of 41 security fixes as a part of its bounty rewards programme.

On iOS, Google focus on supporting for more hardware keyboard shortcuts. Thanks to its update, open, close and change tabs or conduct a voice search will be an easy task with Bluetooth and Smart Connector hardware keyboards. Chrome for iOS also brings support for 3D Touch for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models. 3D Touch on the Chrome icon will open a new tab, a new incognito tab or trigger voice search.

On the other hand, Android version has been trial since October, and several promising features are expected to be available on the update such as letting developers add splash screens to Web apps when a site is launched from the Android home screen. This would show users ‘something meaningful’ as the content is loaded in the background. “Developers can customize the splash screen by setting a name, icon, background color, and notification bar color in the web app manifest,” adds the post. The version will also allow developers to configure automatic dismissal of desktop notifications.

The web browser is one of the most important and oft-used programs on anyone’s desktop. Obviously, all users use it to view websites and work on web apps. But in the other hand, it also really significant to add extra features that try to solve common browser problems like managing desktop notifications or massive amounts of tabs. If people aren’t taking advantage of these features, however, developers either have to cut them or come up with better solutions.

Thanks to this new update, developers now enable to set notifications to dismiss automatically after some time, and thus, they can avoid them from cluttering their screen space. The new update also fixes several bugs and adds new splash screens for web apps that are to be launched on Android devices, and this in turn will make the loading process smoother.

 The update for the desktop version is already rolled out, and its version for Android devices is surely coming soon too.

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