Google Chrome 122 Released For Select Users With WebGPU, Help Me Write, And Read Aloud

Update: Google Chrome 122 has been released to the stable channel for all users on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS. This update addresses 12 security vulnerabilities, two of which are of high importance. The exact build of this Chrome release for Windows is 122.0.6261.57/.58.

Google is now beginning to roll out Chrome version 122. Users in the US who have been preselected by Google will start receiving its rollout through Chrome update in the Early Stable channel. At the moment, Google Chrome 122 will be available to users on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

Chrome 122 brings some exciting new features to both the desktop experience as well as for Android/mobile devices, which have been discussed in this post.

Latest Google Chrome Versions

PlatformVersionRelease Date
Chrome for Windows122.0.6261.57/.5820-Feb-24
Chrome for macOS122.0.6261.5720-Feb-24
Chrome for Linux122.0.6261.5720-Feb-24
Chrome for Android122.0.6261.6420-Feb-24
Chrome for iOS122.0.6261.6220-Feb-24
Latest Google Chrome versions for different OS

Chrome 122 release summary

  • Release Date: Wednesday, February 14th, 2024
  • Compatibility: Windows 1110 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
  • Previous Build (Windows): 121.0.6167.75

What’s new in Chrome 122

Although Google has not yet published the release notes for Chrome 122, so we are uncertain what security vulnerabilities have been patched in Chrome 122, and what new features and fixes have been introduced. However, according to the Chrome Dev blogs and Chrome Insider channels, we are sure of a few features that will certainly catch your eye.

WebGPU

The goal of WebGPU, which is the next-generation graphics API and future online standard for graphics and computations, is to offer GPU acceleration for contemporary 3D graphics and computation. In layman’s terms, WebGPU is the latest technology that gives users the immersive experience of using their local GPU to render graphics and perform computations from web applications.

WebGPU in Chrome aligns well with modern graphics APIs like Vulkan, Metal, and D3D12, but some devices lack support for those. This limits WebGPU’s accessibility, especially on platforms like Windows, Android, and ChromeOS.

To solve this issue, the WebGPU team at Chrome is developing a compatibility mode that offers a slightly constrained version of WebGPU that is compatible with earlier APIs such as OpenGL ES and D3D11. This will increase the possible user base for WebGPU.

Importantly, applications using compatibility mode remain fully valid WebGPU applications. Wide usability is ensured by the smooth default to the core WebGPU adapter for devices without compatibility mode capability.

WebGPU standard vs compatibility mode
WebGPU standard vs compatibility mode. Source: Google

To read more about what WebPU is and how you can use it, read the Google Devs blog post.

Help Me Write

With Chrome 121, Google announced that they were working on new generative AI to help users enhance their productivity. One of the features mentioned at the time was “Help Me Write” – this capability will be available in the context menu when you right-click on a text field on the web. It will help users write short-form content and preset suggestions based on your prompts and the content of the web page.

At the moment, this feature will only roll out to “a limited set of signed-in users in the US.” It will initially not be available for managed Chrome instances for businesses or schools, and it will likely take some time until it rolls out for everyone.

Read Aloud for Android

As the feature name implies, Read Aloud reads the text you see on the screen. This will allow users to listen to what is written in text on the screen on Android devices.

This option will be available from the overflow menu in Chrome 122 after you highlight the text you want to listen to.

Upgrade to Google Chrome 122

To perform an in-place upgrade, go to Help > About Google Chrome in the Chrome browser. The browser will then check for pending updates and install it automatically. When the update is ready to be installed, click Relaunch.

Otherwise, you can use the following direct download links to perform a fresh installation or to update the latest Chrome version once available.

Download Google Chrome offline installers [Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary]

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

Uninstall Google Chrome

In case you need to uninstall Chrome from your Windows PC, go to Settings app >> Apps >> Installed Apps, search for “Google Chrome,” click on the 3 dots in front of “Google Chrome,” click Uninstall, and then click Uninstall again to confirm.

Uninstall Chrome
Uninstall Chrome

Google Chrome Releases Version History

Chrome VersionRelease DateFeatures
Chrome 122 (Early Stable)20-Feb-24WebGPU enhancements, Read Aloud for Android, and Help Me Write introduced
Chrome 12123-Jan-24Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, experimental generative AI tools to write text and create custom themes.
Chrome 1205-Dec-23Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, copy and save video frames, pin side panel elements to toolbar, improved transparent navigation bar on Android
Chrome 11931-Oct-2315 security updates, save and sync grouped tabs, smart Omnibox with typo detection, and continue where you left off on another device for iOS.
Chrome 11810-Oct-2320 security patches, extended Passkey support, Read Aloud in Reading Mode
Chrome 11712-Sep-23New Material You designs, intimation of potentially malicious web store extensions .
Chrome 11615-Aug-23Security update cadence changed to weekly from biweekly, One-Time permissions, 26 security patches
Chrome 11512-Jul-23Includes Topics API (Privacy Sandbox), reading mode, improved Memory Saver UI, HTTP automatic conversion to HTTPS
Chrome 11430-May-23Improves the Google Password Manager, introduces Popover API for developers , and adds auto-verification of CAPTCHAs.
Chrome 11326-Apr-23Makes notes in the sidebar, deletes the last 15-minute browsing history on Android, adds a bookmark or translate button in the toolbar on Android, enable or disables all extensions, and WebGPU enabled by default.
Chrome 1124-Apr-23Removal of Chrome app support, improved UI (experimental), CSS Nesting, WebAssembly Tail Call
Chrome 1116-Mar-23Automatic lazy-loading, sharing selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
Chrome 1107-Feb-23Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation
Chrome 10910-Jan-23Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support
Chrome 10829-Nov-22Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)
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
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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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