NFC is the tech used for transportation cards like an Oyster card and for contactless payments. It allows for wireless communication between two devices over a short distance. In practical terms, this being added by default to Chrome opens up a tonne of possibilities.
It would allow Chrome to be used to sign into buildings, or letting you tap your device on certain parts of an art museum or exhibition to find out more information on a particular topic.
When we’ll be able to take advantage of these features though remains to be seen with lockdown restrictions currently in place in the UK and other countries around the world. But whenever we will be able to take advantage of this feature it certainly is a great string to Chrome Android’s bow. And mobile users aren’t the only ones who will be getting a handy new feature with Chrome 89.
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For those using the desktop browser on Windows or ChromeOS, Chrome 89 will make it easier to share content to social media. Better tools for sharing content on social media has already been introduced on the mobile apps between Chrome versions 61 and 75.
But Google has revealed these extra social tools will finally be making their way to desktop devices soon.
In a post online the search engine giant explained: “To allow users to easily share content on social networks, developers have manually integrated sharing buttons into their site for each social service.
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“This often leads to users not being able to share with the services they actually use, in addition to bloated page sizes and security risks from third-party code. On the receiving end, only platform apps could register to be share targets and receive shares from other apps.
“Chrome for Android started adding these features between Chrome 61 and 75. In Chrome 89, web sharing is available on Windows and ChromeOS”.
While it sounds like Chrome 89 will have some great new features, it only just hit the beta channel – so it’ll be some time until it gets a general release. The Google Chrome 89 stable release is pencilled in for March 2, with the beta for Chrome 90 launching just over a week afterwards.