Google Chrome 107 Released with H.265 Hardware Decoding Support and Improvements to the Video Conferencing Calls Experience

A new stable version of the Google Chrome web browser has been released for desktop and mobile users, and while it doesn't bring any major changes, it does come with some useful features.

Google Chrome 107 comes with new features in the Screen Capture API to improve screen-sharing experiences, as the browser allows now video conferences tools to exclude the current tab while sharing, which helps prevent accidental self-capture and avoids the “Hall of Mirrors” effect that you’ve seen in video conferences calls.

The new properties of the Screen Capture API also give the user an option to directly share a browser tab during a video conference call, via a new 'Share this tab instead' button without having to go back to the video-conferencing tab or select from a long list of tabs.

Chrome also now offers users an option when they start screen sharing during a video meeting call, that enables them to choose what they to share, whether a specific browser tab, opened program window, or the full screen.

Besides, Chrome 107 now also adds support for HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) hardware decoding on Android 5 and higher devices, macOS 11 and higher, as well as some Chromebooks and Windows 8 and higher devices that support it. HEVC, also known as H.265 or MPEG-H, is a video compression standard that is a successor to the H.264 or MPEG-4 video codec, and it provides between 25% to 50% better data compression at the same level of video quality, or substantially improved video quality at the same bit rate.

The new Chrome release also fixes 14 different security issues, three of which are classified as critical, so it's very important for users to update to this new version, either via Chrome's settings or via their operating system's applications store or update manager.

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