Google Chrome has just become more secure and faster on PC and Android

Google has released Chrome 90, which uses HTTPS connections by default when accessing websites. Bonus, more performance optimizations.

Prepared for a long time, the default use of HTTPS connections should shorten the loading times of websites that use secure connections (most). In addition, the latest version of Chrome for PC also brings native support for the AV1 encoder, promising more efficient compression and superior image quality when using video conferencing services.

The AV1 codec is specially optimized for video conferencing applications and supports WebRTC integration, which means it can be used for video call sessions launched directly in the web browser. Compared to other compression formats, AV1 compressed video transmissions should have fewer visual artifacts, resulting in a slightly clearer image, especially when the speed of your internet connection limits the available bandwidth.

As for the HTTPS protocol, selecting it as the default option for processing URLs should allow faster connection to the web server, eliminating the step of redirecting the HTTP connection to secure mode. Google states that some exceptions are retained. For example, addresses that include test / or localhost / names in the name will still be accessed over unprotected HTTP connections.

For now, the improvements are only found in the Google Chrome versions for desktop and Android, the update for iOS will be announced at a later date.

Andrew is half-human, half-gamer. He's also a science fiction author writing for BleeBot.