Google is planning a major restructuring of how it develops the Google Chrome web browser. According to the company, the release of Chrome 110 will bring a new “Early Stable” version of the browser that will roll out a week before a “Stable” update.
This essentially acts as another development bridge before earlier previews and the stable version of Google Chrome. However, the company points out that this new “Early Stable” version will not be available for all users and will come to a subset of users each time.
Google does not say what percentage of users will get access, while also not saying if the same users will have access each time or whether it will rotate.
What the company does say is that the new version is designed to prevent major bugs from appearing in stable builds.
On its Chrome Developers website, the company writes:
“We are making a change to the release schedule for Chrome. From Chrome 110, the initial release date to stable will be one week earlier. This early stable version will be released to a small percentage of users, with the majority of people getting the release a week later at the normal scheduled date, this will also be the date the new version is available from the Chrome download page.”
Google provides the following release schedule for Chrome 110 to highlight how the new structure works:
- Beta: January 12, 2023
- Early Stable: February 1, 2023
- Stable: February 7, 2023
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