Google is making a big change to Chrome updates — but there’s a catch

A LUCKY FEW could get in line to get brand new Chrome features before everyone else does.

Google has revealed plans to completely overhaul the way updates are released over the next year.

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The company usually releases a very early build of Chrome for developers to test.

This version is not suitable for everyday use.

It’s buggy, which is why Google has a beta program for techies to help identify problems.

Once these are found and fixed, a suitable version will be revealed for everyone.

But now Google wants to take it one step further just before going public.

This particular group will receive an “early stable” release of Chrome.

The tech giant said the benefit will be available to “a small percentage of users”.

Pretty much everyone else can use it a week later on the normal schedule date.

The idea will apparently help the company iron out any last-minute issues that crop up.

“By releasing stable early to a small percentage of users, we have an opportunity to monitor the release before it’s available to all of our users,” said Google engineer Rachel Andrew.

“If a noticeable problem is discovered, it can be addressed while the impact is relatively small.”

Bosses plan to launch the new release scheme on Chrome 110.

This means technical beta testers will get it on January 12 as usual.

Then on February 1st comes the new cohort of early stable users.

Finally, on February 7th, there will be a full release for everyone – as long as no problems are found, of course.

Google is constantly coming up with new ideas and tools to improve Chrome.

Finally, a special battery saving mode has been added.

You can turn on battery saver mode at any time, or set it to kick in automatically when your battery is less than 20 percent.

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It’s not yet clear how Google will go about picking the lucky few.

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