Google announced the promotion of Chrome 31 to the stable channel, available to general users. According to Google’s Chrome releases blog, Chrome 31 packs some neat new features, under the hood improvements, and a patch to close an exploit found at yesterday’s Mobile Pwn2Own hacking contest in Tokyo.
Here’s a breakdown of what’s new in Chrome 31:
The Chrome team gave a shoutout to Pinkie Pie, the security researcher that “pwned” Chrome yesterday at the Mobile Pwn2Own event. Pinkie Pie found two critical vulnerabilities in Chrome for Android that allowed him to compromise the browser on both the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy S4. For winning the challenge (and reporting the bug to Google), Pinkie Pie walked away with $50,000 in cash. It’s good to see that, just a day later, the Chrome team has patched the vulnerabilities and committed the change to the stable channel.
Download or update Chrome for Android 31 from the Play Store, ICS or higher required.
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My note 2 takes a few days for seemly every Google update. Lame.
This sounds like a critical step towards preparing Android for use as a full desktop OS. Color me tentatively intrigued.