Google Chrome 98 Released With New Features

Google has released an update for Chrome on the stable channel which upgrades the build to 98.0.4758.81. This release brings in new features as well as security updates for the browser. A total of 27 security vulnerabilities have been fixed with this release, out of which 8 are deemed to be of high importance.

Google Chrome 98 is also available for the Extended Stable channel. Since Microsoft shifted from a 6-week release cycle to a 4-week release cycle, they also introduced a new channel – the Extended Stable channel – which is an 8-week release cycle.

This update also brings in new features like a built-in screenshot tool, stable web applications, updated look of the emojis, which you could also add to screenshots on Chrome 96 for Android.

We strongly recommend that you upgrade your Chrome version using the following guide, or you may install it on your device (PC, Android, iOS, MacOS, Linux) using the given links below.

Release Summary

Upgrade to Chrome 98.0.4758.81

If you already have Google Chrome installed on your computer, then updating it would be easy. Please follow the guide below to update your existing Chrome browser to version 98.0.4758.81.

  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
  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

The browser will now close and reopen. When it does, you can navigate to the About Google Chrome page again and confirm that it has indeed been updated to version 98.0.4758.81.

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Google Chrome successfully updated

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 98.0.4758.81

Click on the links below to download Chrome 98.0.4758.81:

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 98.0.4758.81

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.

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Chrome 98 installing

The process is the same for all Windows versions.

Type winver in Run to check your operating system’s build and version.

What’s New in Google Chrome 98

Built-in Screenshot Tool

Google has added a new feature to Chrome where users can now capture their screens using the built-in screenshot tool, rather than using the Windows screen capturing feature or any other third-party tool or browser extension.

To use this feature, click on the Share button in the address bar at the top of the browser, and then click Screenshot from the extended menu.

Smoother Emojis with COLRv1

COLRv1 (Color Gradient Vector Fonts) allows smaller emoji files, as opposed to the scaling limitations of bitmap fonts, which in turn makes the emojis sharper regardless of their size. This feature improves the user experience while using Chrome emojis.

Emojis to Screenshots on Android

Users can now directly add emojis to the screenshots they take on Google Chrome for Android. However, by default, this feature is disabled.

You can enable this feature bling the flag located at:

chrome://flags/#lightweight-reactions-android.

Google Chrome Update History

Chrome VersionFeatures
Chrome 102Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
Chrome 101Improved downloads ui, save group tabs and password manager
Chrome 100Multi-screen API, audio controls
Chrome 99Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
Chrome 98Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
Chrome 97Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
Chrome 96Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
Chrome 95Save grouped tabs, secure payments
Chrome 94HTTPS only mode, sharing hub
Chrome 90AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
Google Chrome features introduced in each version

Closing Words

If you use Google Chrome, then we would suggest that you upgrade to this release as patches high-importance security vulnerabilities, which could potentially be exploited by attackers if left unpatched.

Apart from this, we think that the features introduced in this release are a must-have which improves your overall browsing experience.

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