Chrome 58 – The new version automatically switches to 64 bit

Google Chrome has received a security update that automatically turns the browser into the fast 64 version.

Some reports suggest that Google’s Chrome is the world’s most popular browser and is far ahead of Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Thanks to a new update, the browser can now automatically adapt itself to the system type of the operating system. I will now reveal how this works.

Chrome 58 automatically migrates to 64-bit
You want to install a program, but it is available as 32- and 64-bit versions; which one do you install? If you do not know the system type of your operating system, then this can rise a bit of confusion. People who do have a 64-bit Windows often install the 32-bit version of software; this is because you can install 32-bit version of software on a 64-bit OS, but the vise-versa isn’t true. 32-bit programs use a maximum of 4 gigabytes of memory. Because current computers often have more RAM, these tools are unnecessarily restricted. In addition, Google’s 64-bit version is more stable and safer. If you are using or installing Chrome, you do not have to worry about the right choice. With the upcoming update to the new version 58.0.****.96, the 32-bit Chrome is automatically transformed into a 64-bit Chrome.

64-bit function comes automatically via update
For this to happen, according to the Google announcement three conditions must be fulfilled; it works only in Windows running in the 64-bit variant, at least 4 gigabytes of RAM, and the automatic update function in Chrome is not deactivated. If you want to search and start the update directly, click Settings, Help, and About Google Chrome in the menu or you can just wait until it comes in by itself. By the way, while the 32-bit version is no longer available in MAC OS, it is still available in Windows. This ensures that Chrome can be installed on older PCs in the future as well.

Chrome update will close 25+ vulnerabilities
As with any browser update, security is high on the list of priorities. According to the manufacturer’s announcement, the big update, published in mid-April, will remove a total of 29 vulnerabilities, including at least three, whose vulnerability identified Google as “highly dangerous.” The integrated PDF viewer, the print preview as well as the HTML renderer blink were affected. As part of the bug bounty program, which has been in place since 2010, Google is also investing in the future of Chrome by paying at least 14,000 US dollars (around 13,000 euros) for external security researchers to track down and report security gaps. Given the fact that the majority of the infections are caused by the browser, the regular updating of the browser should be the top priority of internet users.

Chrome stats are rising
Shortly before the publication details about this new update, Google submitted a statistics, according to which the browser performance last year increased by up to 35 percent. The biggest advancement was in the Android version of the Google browser, while the Windows version had a performance boost of 25 percent. But while browser performance has recently focused on how fast the program performs JavaScript code, Google is now focusing on the more practical loading of websites. Accordingly, Google is reported to have been developing its own benchmark program called “Octane.” For now, Google refers to test engines like Speedometer. According to another blog post by a Chrome developer, the Apple browser is still clearly ahead of Chrome in terms of performance, at least on smartphones.

According to experts, the cause of the difference in browser speed is due to the difference in cache size and speed in Android devices vs Apple devices. As Apple’s browser is only available for iOS and macOS, Chrome remains the fastest browser for Android and Windows. We have measured the results in Windows 10 and can confirm that Chrome’s performance was the fastest. Chrome 58 scored 29.85 points in the Speedometer on our test computer where Edge scored 15.25 points. Firefox 53 landed on the third spot with a very slow performance of 11.5 points.

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Adil Khan

Adil Khan

Adil Khan is a 30 years old Nerd who has been playing with his toys, computers and electronics, since the late 90's. His passion lies in the digital world of 1's and 0's i.e. until quantum computers are available for purchase :)

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