The end of another month means it’s time for a new Chrome release. Google Chrome 108 was released on November 29, 2022. This version includes an Energy Saver mode, better support for high-res emoji, and adjustments to how webpages look under virtual keyboards.
Energy Saver Mode for Desktop and Chrome OS
If there’s one common complaint about Chrome, it’s how resource-intensive it can be. Google is working on a new “Energy Saver” mode that will be able to help you save some juice when using Chrome on battery power.
The feature is for Chrome on the desktop and Chromebooks. At the time of writing, it’s behind a feature flag. When enabled, you can choose to have “Energy Saver” mode turn on when the battery is at 20% or lower, or when your computer is unplugged.
The flag can be found at
Better Support for COLRv1 Font and Emoji
Chrome 98 implemented a new set of COLRv1 Color Gradient Vector Fonts. The biggest advantage of this was cleaner, and more scalable emojis. Chrome 108 builds on this.
Starting in Chrome 108, websites can detect which font formats are supported by the browser. If support for COLRv1 fonts are detected, it can display higher quality emojis.
Resizing Options for Virtual Keyboards
Since nearly every phone is a full touchscreen nowadays, virtual keyboards are the norm. When the keyboard appears in the browser, websites shift things around differently to make sure the focused area stays visible.
Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all have slightly different ways of shifting things around when the keyboard slides up. With Chrome 108, Google is allowing web developers to choose how they want content on the page to adapt to the keyboard.
What Else Is New?
Chrome releases don’t have as many big new features these days. However, there’s still a lot happening under the hood. You can read about many of these changes on Google’s developer site as well as on the Chromium blog. We’ll highlight a few changes here:
- Chrome for Android is getting a slightly redesigned omnibox for Material Design 3.
- Chrome will start to roll out a change that allows developers to use the existing
overflowproperty with replaced elements that paint outside the content-box.
- Support for the avoid value of the CSS fragmentation properties
break-insidehas been added for printing.
- DevTools can now identify CSS styles that are valid but have no visible effect.
- Developers can now step through comma-separated expressions during debugging in DevTools.
How to Update Google Chrome
Chrome will automatically install the update on your device when it’s available. To immediately check for and install any available updates, click the three-dot menu icon and click Help > About Google Chrome.
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