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Chrome 67 Can Access Device Sensors for Better Web Apps

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May 31, 2018, 3:50 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Google is rolling out Chrome 67 for Android devices with several new features in tow. Most significantly, the refreshed browser puts new APIs to work. The Generic Sensor API gives web sites and web apps access to a mobile device accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. Google says this will let developers create better games, fitness tracking, and augmented/virtual reality web apps. Chrome 67 also adds the WebXR Device API, in beta form, which it says enables the creation of virtual and augmented reality experiences on mobile devices and desktops. It will eventually lead to unified experiences across devices, such as phones, VR headsets, and desktop-based VR systems. Developers can find tools to access this API on GitHub. Last, Chrome 67 rearranges the tab switcher into a horizontal series of cards. Chrome 67 is free to download from the Google Play Store.

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