Changes are coming regarding the update cycle of Chrome, Google’s popular web browser, whereas a general rule, it will go from the current six weeks to four, additionally offering security patches every fifteen days.
Google to shorten Chrome’s update cycle this year
Google has seen that the improvement of the testing and release processes allow it, so they are willing to break with the tradition of updates every six weeks, as it has been doing for more than ten years, according to the company in a statement.
The new update cycle will come into effect with the arrival of Chrome 94, scheduled for the third quarter of this year, putting it on the same level as Mozilla with Firefox, which last year also shortened the update cycle, also offering updates every four weeks.
This will allow users to enjoy all the new features and improvements more quickly, although Google has also thought of all those environments in which this update cycle does not make it feasible for all that entails bringing updates to many managed devices.
For this also comes Extended Stable, which according to the company:
…will be available to enterprise administrators and Chromium integrators who need additional time to manage updates. Extended Stable security updates will be released every two weeks to address important issues, but those updates will not contain new features or all of the security fixes that the 4-week option will receive.
Additionally, Google promises that over the next few months it will share more information about the changes that will also come to Chrome OS, its increasingly popular operating system for lightweight and low-cost laptops, specifically targeting enterprise and other types of organizations that have users under Chrome OS computers in their ranks.
This change also entails making changes to its release schedule, stating that:
We also released a preliminary update to our release schedule that we will keep up to date as we get closer to the launch of our new release schedule.
It’s already a matter of preparing to receive updates in a shorter cycle of time, which will make it possible for us users to enjoy the planned new features more quickly on our computers and devices, which Google is excited about:
We are excited to continue to evolve Chrome and deliver the best in security, stability, speed, and simplicity to our users, even faster in the future!