Download Google Chrome 107 With HEVC Hardware Decoding And Improved Screen Sharing Capabilities

This update addresses 14 security vulnerabilities and 188 bug fixes. It does not include any significant end-user features but makes backend performance improvements.

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You can now download and install Google Chrome version 107 which is released exactly 4 weeks after its predecessor. The complete build for this release is 107.0.5304.63.

As per Google’s announcement, it addresses a total of 14 security fixes out of which 3 are of high importance, and none are critical. Moreover, it also addresses 188 bugs discovered in the browser.

This update includes some new features which include HEVC hardware decoding on the supported devices, switching focus across different tabs during screen sharing, and more. These features are discussed in detail below.

Release Summary

Improvements in Chrome 107

HEVC Hardware Decoding

Chrome 107 enables the support for HEVC decoding, also known as H.265, on the devices that support this codec. This will supposedly improve the overall performance of video encapsulation and hence, rendering.

The feature is available on all platforms that offer hardware decodings, such as Android 5 and higher, macOS 11 and higher, and select devices on ChromeOS and Windows operating systems.

Single Button to Switch Tabs

Chrome 107 now has the capability to add a single button to allow you to select a tab to share inside video conferencing apps and software, like Microsoft Teams. Moreover, you can now also see a list of screens that you want to share which includes the recently-shared tabs, or often-used screens.

The Chrome browser will now also warn you when you accidentally share the tab you’re videoconferencing in, creating a “hall of mirrors” effect.

User-Agent Reduction

User-Agent Strings contain the version numbers of the browser you are using, which are sent to the HTTP headers. Since Chrome’s version number had reached 3 digits with Chrome 100, these strings now disclosed more information about the user and their activity, allowing websites to create entire end-user profiles.

Due to this security vulnerability, Google replaced the unrestricted User-Agent String with “User-Agent Client Hints API.”

Chrome 107 begins “Phase 5” of the implementation process for Google where the following is now taking place:

The <platform> and <oscpu> tokens (i.e., parts of the User-Agent string) are reduced to the relevant <unifiedPlatform> token values, and will no longer be updated.

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These are the significant changes in Chrome 107. To read more about these changes, refer to ChromeStatus’s milestone website.

Improvements for Developers

Several improvements have been introduced in Chrome 107 for the developers:

  • New properties in Screen Capture API

    The Screen Capture API adds new properties to improve the screen-sharing experiences.

  • Identify render-blocking resources

    The Performance API now includes the “renderBlockingStatus” property which provides a direct signal from the browser that identifies the resources that prevent your page from displaying, until they are downloaded.

  • PendingBeacon API origin trial

    The declarative PendingBeacon API lets the browser control when beacons are sent. This API delegates the sending to the browser itself, so it can support beacons on “page unload” or on “page hide,” without the developer having to implement send calls at exactly the right times.

Some other improvements are also included in this Chrome release. To read more about them, refer to this post for Chrome developers.

Update to Chrome 107

If you already have Google Chrome installed on your computer, then updating it would be easy. Follow the guide below to update your existing Chrome browser to version 107.

  1. Launch Google Chrome and click on the ellipses (3 dots) in the top-right corner of the browser. Then, expand Help, and click About Google Chrome.

    About Google Chrome
    About Google Chrome
  2. As soon as the About page opens, the browser will start searching for an update and then automatically download it. Once it is ready to install, you will be presented with a Relaunch button. Click Relaunch.

    Note: The browser closes when you click Relaunch and then reopens, restoring all closed tabs.

    Relaunch
    Relaunch Chrome

The browser will now close and reopen. Once it does, you can navigate to the About Google Chrome page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated to version 107.

Chrome updated
Chrome updated to version 107

There are a few different methods that can also be used to update your Chrome browser to the latest version, including:

  • Update using Google update
  • Use the downloaded Chrome installer
  • Using Ninite
  • Download Chrome without using a browser

You can learn more about these methods in this guidepost.

You may also download the Chrome browser from the links given below if you do not already have it.

Download Google Chrome 107

Click on the links below to download Chrome 107:

DownloadGoogle Chrome web installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome offline installer

DownloadGoogle Chrome MSI Installer [Enterprise Edition]

DownloadGoogle Chrome for macOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Offline Installer for Linux

DownloadGoogle Chrome for Android

DownloadGoogle Chrome for iOS

DownloadGoogle Chrome Portable

Install Google Chrome 107

Installing the Chrome browser on a Windows PC is as easy as downloading them. The process may vary for different platforms.

Download the file from the links above and then double-click it to execute. The rest of the process is pretty much automatic. The setup will download the required files (if the web installer was downloaded), install them for you and the browser will launch itself as soon as it is installed successfully.

installing
Chrome 107 installing

The process is the same for all Windows versions.

Google Chrome Version History

Chrome VersionRelease DateFeatures
Chrome 10725-Oct-22HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)
Chrome 10628-Sep-22Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox.
Chrome 10530-Aug-22Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations
Chrome 1042-Aug-22Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 10321-Jun-22Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.
Chrome 10224-May-22Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
Chrome 10126-Apr-22Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager
Chrome 10029-Mar-22Multi-screen API, audio controls
Chrome 991-Mar-22Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
Chrome 981-Feb-22Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
Chrome 974-Jan-22Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
Chrome 9615-Nov-21Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
Chrome 9519-Oct-21Save grouped tabs, secure payments
Chrome 9421-Sep-21HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub
Chrome 9015-Apr-21AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
Google Chrome features introduced in each version

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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