Google Chrome version 35 Released with Aura UI Stack

Google recently released Google Chrome Stable version 35 with important changes, one of which is replacing the GTK+ with Aura, a multi-platform toolkit used for creating graphical user interfaces. This release is more targeted at the developers for building Web contents and apps for mobile devices. In addition to this change, new notification center and App launcher were also added

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What is Aura?

Aura is a cross-platform graphics system UI stack used by Google Chrome OS that fully takes advantage of graphics processors where supported. Aura user-interface is universal across Chrome’s supported platforms and runs on Windows, Chromium OS, and Linux so making it easier to ship features for this UI. According to Elliot – the Aura interface will correct some long-standing performance issues with Chrome/Chromium on Linux, especially with being able to better utilize the GPU memory consumption and GPU rendering performance. In particular, the Aura-based Chrome browser will now use one OpenGL context per-window rather than per-tab.

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Notification Center

Introduction of the Notification Center applet is one of the new cool features. This keeps track of your unread notifications so you don’t miss out on any important information or notifications. In order to see the Notification Center in action you must receive a notification first. According to updates on forums, you can get it to display even if you don’t have any notification yet by pressing F11 twice. For me, on my Ubuntu 14.04, it didn’t work and no notification even after sending mails to myself. This is how it looks if your works

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App Launcher

The App launcher is another cool new feature introduced with this Google Chrome stable release. The App Launcher group together your Chrome apps in a menu that’s available outside the browser and you can even pin it to the Unity launcher.

Note that this feature by default is disabled. To activate it, open chrome://flags in Chrome, search for “Enable the app launcher” and enable it, then restart the browser. Next search for Chrome App Launcher in Dash to open it

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Install Google Chrome 35

wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

sudo apt-get update 

sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable
 
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