Google recently rolled out the Chrome 102 stable update to users. Almost a day after that, the company dropped Chrome 103 to the beta channel for users to try out the upcoming features of the web browser.
The Chrome 103 beta update brings some minor improvements and new features to the browser. As per the changelog, most of the features are backend changes which are aimed to offer a better browsing experience and enhance the overall speed. Here’s a list of everything that’s new with the Chrome 103 update.
Faster website loading speed
According to the official blog post, Chrome 103 brings support for 103 Early Hints HTTP response code for navigation. When a 103 response includes <link rel=preload> or other link headers Chromium tries to preload (and/or preconnect, prefetch) specified resources before the final response is received. This gives web developers a way to optimise core web vitals such as Largest Contentful Paint (LCP).
Local Font Access
Another noticeable feature the browser is getting with the Chrome 103 update is access to local fonts. Web applications can now enumerate local fonts and metadata about each. The new API also gives web applications access to table data stored within local fonts, allowing those fonts to be rendered within their applications using custom text stacks.
Support for .avif for Web Share
The .avif image file format can now be shared by Web Share. The Web Share API is already shipped to more platforms such as ChromeOS and Windows, but avif is not supported yet.