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Google’s 2020 Web Developer Summit puts security at the top of the agenda

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Similarly, the Trust Token API allows a site like Gmail to install a token indicating that you are a “trusted” Gmail user, which other sites might then see without knowing exactly who you are. are. It’s something that would help reduce things like web fingerprints, which Google has already said it works to reduce. Generally speaking, these updates attempt to mimic the functionality that cookies can offer without giving websites nearly as much tracking information about who is using the browser.

Google is also updating its somewhat controversial extension security tool called Manifest V3. In 2019 there was drama surrounding Manifest V3 like it sounded like this stop ad blocking extensions to function properly. In today’s version, Google notes that it has received “an abundance of useful feedback” since it first shared the Manifest V3 proposal, and has been working with developers since then. extensions, “including ad blockers”, to continue to modify and refine the way Manifest La V3 works. Developers interested in trying it out can try it out with the beta version of Chrome 88; The Chrome Web Store will start accepting Manifest V3 extensions from January with the stable version of Chrome 88.

When it comes to more advanced web apps, Google now claims that it’s easier to find progressive web apps (PWAs) in the Google Play Store on Chromebooks. Earlier this year, the Play Store’s Twitter and YouTube TV listings were automatically able to recognize if you were browsing on a Chromebook and install the PWA rather than the Android app. To make PWAs more capable, Google is allowing developers to accept payments using the Play Store Billing APIs, another feature that will make PWAs closer to their Android counterparts.

Finally, in terms of performance optimization, Google is extending the “Web Vitals” metrics it announced earlier this year. At a high level, Web Vitals aims to give developers a clear overview of quality signals that make for a good browsing experience. A subset of these, Core Web Vitals, are three specific metrics that relate to user experience that will play into how Google ranks sites in searches starting in May 2021. Today, Google announced that a new open source Web Vitals report will let developers view and compare their metrics in Google Analytics.

Google will be going into much more detail on all of these changes over the next couple of days at the Chrome Dev Summit, so if you’re a web developer, it might be worth logging in and participating in the virtual experience. As with everyone else, these changes may not have an immediate impact on your web browsing experience, but things like more secure extensions and tools to improve site performance will hopefully help a lot. Internet more and more stable.

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