Google with most employees now working from home, has paused the upcoming releases of Chrome and Chrome Operating System (OS) and decided to keep the existing and essential software up and running globally.

The Chrome development team confirmed that “adjusted work schedules” have led the tech giant to hit the pause button on the “upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases.”

The Chrome Developers team tweeted late Wednesday that “Our goal is to ensure they continue to be stable, secure, and reliable for anyone who depends on them. We’ll prioritize updates related to security, which will be included in Chrome 80. Stay tuned,”

Chrome version 81 is currently in beta testing.

Google also mentioned that Android app reviews will take more time as the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced in-office staff.

The delay is understandable as in the case of new software releases, bugs are often reported and with reduced staff, it would be difficult for Google to address those vulnerability concerns, if these arise.

YouTube has also said that the platform would rely more on its Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to moderate content.


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