(Pictured) Android Chrome 81 Beta Release: Let Web Apps Support NFC and AR

With the release of the Chrome 80 stable earlier this month, it means the Beta channel has moved into version 81. Instead of introducing too many changes for the average user, the new version of Chrome 81 Beta provides new APIs for developers to create powerful web apps.

(Pictured) Android Chrome 81 Beta Release: Let Web Apps Support NFC and AR

Google has worked tirelessly over the years to bridge the gap between web pages and native apps, with one result being to give web applications access to the same hardware as native apps. After taking an important step in that direction on Web Bluetooth, web applications are now accessible to use NFC.

(Pictured) Android Chrome 81 Beta Release: Let Web Apps Support NFC and AR

The new online Web NFC API allows web applications to read and write NFC tags. Google says it’s useful for museum exhibitions, inventory management, providing information in conference badges, and other scenarios where NFC is used. Even developers can create web-based Amibo simulators.

The entire API is very easy for developers to use – it takes only a few lines of code to write data to a label or read existing data. However, Web NFC is still in the Origin Trial phase, which means that the standard may change and is not enabled by default.

(Pictured) Android Chrome 81 Beta Release: Let Web Apps Support NFC and AR

WebXR is a new version of WebVR designed to create virtual reality and augmented reality experiences in your browser. Augmented reality is finally enabled for all users in The Chrome 81 release, so flag or other options are no longer needed in the future.

In addition, the Hit Test API has been added to Chrome 81 Beta. It allows Web applications to use the device’s camera. Android Chrome uses the Google Play Services for AR header to easily place virtual objects in the real world and then place them in the appropriate bit service (formerly known as ARCore) as you move the camera. So it’s for any augmented reality Android app.

Chrome 81 has also been optimized for many details, including

After discarding TLS 1.0 and 1.1 in Chrome 72, support for them has been completely removed. Websites that use these earlier TLS standards will now be marked as unsafe.

Chrome 81 enhances the security of TLS 1.3.

The new CSS image orientation property allows only CSS to rotate the image.

The Moto G4 has been added as a viewport in the Device Mode test. Given that the G4 has been released for years, this may seem like a strange choice, but for the screen size/density of the getting started phone, it may still be a good reference point.

The blocked cookies are now displayed on a yellow background in the Applications panel of Chrome Dev Tools.

Chrome 81 Beta Download Address: APK Mirror – v81.0.4044.18