Chrome 28 delivers notifications and Blink
Chrome delivers desktop notifications for Windows users, as well as a new rendering engine
The latest update to Google Chrome includes a new notifications centre and the debut of the Blink rendering engine.
The notifications - which have been tested in the browser's beta channel for some weeks - provide pop-up alerts for Gmail, Google+ and other Google services. At least, that's the theory. Our brief tests with Chrome 28 this morning failed to deliver any notifications.
Chrome notifications aren't only open to Google - third-party developers can also take advantage of the facility.
Chrome 28 is also the first version of Chrome to use the Blink rendering engine, a forked version of the Webkit engine that has been used to power the browser since its inception in 2008.
The fork is designed to remove unnecessary code from the browser and give Google greater freedom to introduce new features.
Separately, the search company is introducing voice calling into Google Hangouts. Google used to provide a voice calling facility via Google Voice, but sidelined the feature in favour of the Hangout video calls. Now users will be able to choose between video and voice calls, and even mix-and-match within group Hangouts, so that some participants can use video while others - perhaps those with limited bandwidth - contribute merely by voice.