Google once again announces that it wants to accelerate the pace of Chrome’s development while offering less frequent changes in business. The gap between new browser updates will thus drop from 6 to 4 weeks.
How to introduce new features more quickly while being responsive to security breaches? This is the question posed by the Mountain View firm by introducing a new, faster development cycle for its browser.
A cycle divided by three since 2008
Since 2010, the Google Chrome browser has received a new stable version every six weeks. However, the company transparently deploys security patches twice a week to fix potentially exploitable flaws as quickly as possible.
On his blog, the Chrome team explains that it has improved its testing and deployment processes, which now allows it to move at a rate of 4 weeks. The latter will take effect from Chrome 94 which will be available during the third quarter of 2021.
This is not the first time that Google has wanted to speed up the distribution of stable versions. Between 2008 and 2010, the company released a new version of Chrome every three months. To be more responsive, the company explained that it wanted to halve this rate and switch to a 6-week cycle. At Mozilla, the Firefox team had also chosen to use this schedule.
Less frequent updates in companies
Google is also inspired by Mozilla on other points and announces a version Extended Stable from Google Chrome. The latter is mainly intended for company administrators and benefits from an upgrade rate of eight weeks.
The Californian group adds that browser editors making use of the Chromium project can also opt for this slower cycle. The next editions of Microsoft Edge, Opera, Brave, Vivaldi and others could then accelerate or on the contrary slow down.
The version Extended Stable will receive security patches every two weeks.
Google will subsequently introduce new rhythms for its Chrome OS system and in particular for administrators who have to manage updates to a fleet of Chromebooks.