Google has released a new version of its Chrome web browser to add support for the Retina display MacBook Pro.
The Google Chrome 21 release is a long-awaited version among owners of Apple’s new MacBook Pro notebook. The latest update has support for its 2880×1800 pixels high-resolution screen, which means owners can now fully use more polished fonts and graphics.
The stable version of Google Chrome 21 has lots more to offer. The web browser also adds support for the HTML5 getUsermedia API from WebRTC standard. Simply put, this means Chrome users now have access to web apps with high quality audio and video using a web camera and microphone without the need to download and install a separate plug-in. However, this still asks your permission to proceed.
“The getUserMedia API is the first step in WebRTC, a new real-time communications standard which aims to allow high-quality video and audio communication on the web,” Google explains.
“The getUserMedia API also allows web apps to create awesome new experiences like Webcam Toy and Magic Xylophone. In Chrome Web Lab, if you’re on the latest version of Chrome, the Sketchbots experiment uses getUserMedia to let you take a picture of your face, which is then converted to a line drawing and sent to a robot in the Science Museum in London.”
Google also included deeper integration for its Cloud Print service, extended support for game controllers and several other security patches and bug fixes.
Below is the full video presentation of the API during the Google I/O 2012 developers conference in San Francisco last month.
Download Google Chrome 21 here.