In a short statement on the Chrome Releases blog, Google notified that they pause the upgrades of the Chrome OS and Chrome Browser. They haven’t clarified that when they are going to resume the upgrades and releases. Due to COVID-19, the work schedule is not managed and that’s why Google pause to release the Chrome upgrades. We can say that the upgrades are not coming any soon.
Google stated in the short statement, “Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases. Our primary objectives are to ensure they continue to be stable, secure and work reliably for anyone who depends on them. We’ll continue to prioritize any updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80. Please, follow this blog for updates.”.
In the statement, the “adjusted work schedule” clearly states the effect of the lockdown in the countries due to COVID-19 and that’s now affecting Google. The headquarters of Google in Mountain View, California is now under total lockdown. Google previously recommended their employees to stay at home and work from home.
However, the Chrome OS security update is released which includes bug fixes and major security fixes. It will be available to everyone within a few days. Google informed about this on their Google Chrome releases page.
Also on Wednesday, Google released the Chrome 80 update for Windows, Mac, and Linux which will be rolled out soon for everyone. It included a total of 13 bug fixes, yet only one person David Manouchehri was rewarded $8500. “Other bounties of the bug listings will be determined later”, Google said.
Google hasn’t declared any dates yet about the upcoming updates, and rumors are that Google is also halting the Chromium project for an undeterminable period of time. However, we saw some peoples reporting the bugs on the Chromium bugs page.
Other than Chrome, the newly revamped Microsoft Edge Browser with Chromium may need to limit their security updates too, due to Chromium. We do not confirm this news about halting of Chromium development, but maybe it can happen.