Google Chrome is about to prevent malicious ads from vibrating your device


No one likes obtrusive and cancerous full-screen ads that take you out of your sweet rapture by vibrating your whole device. Yeah, no one likes that, and one of the most popular browsers out and about–Google's Chrome–is about to do away with obtrusive ads.

This undoubtedly-beneficial change is part of the latest update to the beta version of Chrome's Android app, which means that a public rollout of this feature is expected to take place in the coming weeks. The regular Chrome browser is currently on version 59, while Chrome Beta is slightly ahead on version 60. What this new version of Chrome does is limit the ways developers can (ab)use the browser's Vibration API; now, a malware ad will be allowed to vibrate your device only if you explicitly interact with it.

Aside from that, the latest beta of the app has also scored a new context menu as well as a new file picker interface.

We can't wait for that change to roll out to the public variation of the browser, but until then, you'll have to get the beta version of Chrome to enjoy it.

Download Chrome Beta right here

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8 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"No one likes obtrusive and cancerous full-screen ads that take you out of your sweet rapture by vibrating your whole device." But I usually find such "cancerous full-screen ads" here on this site... Funny.

2. tango_charlie

Posts: 347; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

+1 that's true. That's why I only visit pa with AdBlock activated.

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

Thankfully I use 2 adblockers on my phone, site loads in 1 second for me everytime

3. flavius22

Posts: 218; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

And how are you going to make a living from now on?

4. ebilcake

Posts: 1230; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

"No one likes obtrusive and cancerous full-screen ads that take you out of your sweet rapture by vibrating your whole device" Like the ones here on Phonearena?

6. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Phonearena you can contribute by turning off any of malicious ads on your own site but what STOPS you?

7. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I'm sure PA writers don't like them either. They know why they're necessary I suppose, but it would be nice if the ads were of a new variety that complies with Adblock/Google rules for unintrusive, non data sucking, non lag inducing ads.

8. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Remind me, why is there a vibration API in the first place?

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