Google has announced a new release schedule for the Google Chrome updates. Google says An “early stable” release will also be included in the updated schedule, providing users with the latest version of Google Chrome one week before the full release. Currently, the search engine giant has been using a pattern that introduces Google Chrome updates to a “canary” channel before giving access to the developers and beta channels before finally releasing a stable channel for all its users.
The soon-to-be-released Google Chrome update version number 110 will be the first browser update from Google to follow the newly introduced ‘early stable’ release schedule, which was announced by the search engine giant through a blog post.
The new release schedule for Google Chrome will see the first public update coming in the form of a Google Chrome beta update, after which an early stable update will be scheduled for select users a week before the final stable version is released to the wider audience.
Google also confirmed that a “small percentage” of select users will be eligible for the ‘early stable’ releases of forthcoming Google Chrome updates. Google said the change was introduced to allow for “showstopping” issues to be discovered, addressed, and fixed while remaining limited to a relatively smaller percentage of users.
Google confirmed that the upcoming Google Chrome 110 Beta version will be released starting on January 12, 2023. Meanwhile, the Google Chrome 110 Early Stable version will be launched on February 1, 2023, a week before its fully stable launch on February 7, 2023.
According to a report by 9to5Google, citing Kyle Bradshaw, the “small percentage” of Google Chrome users cited by Google to be made eligible for early stable releases could be still a higher percentage than the number of users who have already enrolled on Google Chrome’s beta release channel. It could also be that Google is targeting a different subset of Chrome’s user base, added the report.