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.
Table of Contents
- Complete Release Build: 98.0.4758.81
- Release Date: Tuesday, February 1st, 2022
- Compatibility: Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7 (32-bit and 64-bit), Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
- Previous Build: Chrome 97.0.4692.71
- Bug Fixes: 27. More information about security fixes can be found here.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
Download: Google Chrome web installer
Download: Google Chrome offline installer
Download: Google Chrome MSI Installer [Enterprise Edition]
Download: Google Chrome for macOS
Download: Google Chrome for Android
Download: Google Chrome for iOS
Download: Google 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.
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:
Google Chrome Update History
Google Chrome Releases Version History
|Chrome 122 (Early Stable)
|WebGPU enhancements, Read Aloud for Android, and Help Me Write introduced
|Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, experimental generative AI tools to write text and create custom themes.
|Auto-grouping of tabs using AI, copy and save video frames, pin side panel elements to toolbar, improved transparent navigation bar on Android
|15 security updates, save and sync grouped tabs, smart Omnibox with typo detection, and continue where you left off on another device for iOS.
|20 security patches, extended Passkey support, Read Aloud in Reading Mode
|New Material You designs, intimation of potentially malicious web store extensions.
|Security update cadence changed to weekly from biweekly, One-Time permissions, 26 security patches
|Includes Topics API (Privacy Sandbox), reading mode, improved Memory Saver UI, HTTP automatic conversion to HTTPS
|Improves the Google Password Manager, introduces Popover API for developers, and adds auto-verification of CAPTCHAs.
|Makes 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.
|Removal of Chrome app support, improved UI (experimental), CSS Nesting, WebAssembly Tail Call
|Automatic lazy-loading, sharing selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
|Improved Password Manager and Google Translate controls, Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State, opt-out support for Secure Payment Confirmation
|Conditional focus on screen sharing, Material You theming support
|Evergy saver mode, COLRv1 fonts, resize virtual keyboards (Android)
|HEVC hardware decoding, screen-sharing improvements, and User-Agent reduction (Phase 5)
|Selective text translation, integrated RSS reader, and advanced search improvements to Omnibox.
|Improvements for web applications in terms of customizations
|Automatic lazy-loading, share selected regions of the screen, and several improvements for Chromebooks
|Pre-fetch page data for faster loading, local fonts for web apps, and block notifications automatically.
|Extensions Starter Kit, New Keyboard Shortcuts, And Continued Searches
|Improved downloads UI, save group tabs, and password manager
|Multi-screen API, audio controls
|Handwriting Recognition, Date Picker, And Security Improvements
|Built-in screenshot tool, smoother emojis with COLRv1, Emojis to screenshots on Android
|Delete data saved by websites, zoom settings, better web application layouts, HDR enabled
|Faster navigation, dark mode per site, flags for testing v100
|Save grouped tabs, secure payments
|HTTPS-only mode, sharing hub
|AV1 codecs support, window naming feature
|Download Google Chrome Offline Installers [Stable, Beta, Canary]
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.