Both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are rapidly approaching version 100, which has the potential to break some websites that misidentify browser versions (which can lead to irregular visits, somewhat similar to the well-known Millennium Bug). Both browsers are working on possible solutions, and now the Chrome 100 has reached the Beta channel, with modifications to the version report and other new features.
Google wrote in a Chromium blog post: “The Chromium 100 will be the last version to support undiminished user-agent strings (UAs) by default (and the associated navigator.userAgent, navigator.appVersion, and navigator. platform DOM APIs).” The Origins Trial, which allows website testing of User-Agent, will end on April 19, 2022. After that date, the user agent string will gradually decrease.”
User-agent strings have been a core component of web browsers for decades, allowing websites to change their behavior based on the browser, browser version, CPU architecture, and other data. To protect privacy, browsers have slowly begun to limit the information in user agent strings (for example, the user agent strings for all iPhones do not include the iPhone model) because they are easily used for fingerprint recognition. Google recommends using a newer user agent client prompt API instead, which is more secure and more difficult to break websites than user-agent strings.
You can try Out Chrome Beta on the desktop by downloading it from Google’s official website. Android devices can also download Chrome Beta through the Google Play Store.
Note that on all platforms, chrome betas can run with other versions of the Chrome browser, so there won’t be any damage to existing user profiles.