Introducing Wolvic, a New Chrome Logo, Chrome 98, Edge 98, Polypane 8, Safari 15.4 Beta, and more | Front End News #051

Introducing Wolvic, a New Chrome Logo, Chrome 98, Edge 98, Polypane 8, Safari 15.4 Beta, and more

— Front End News #051 | 7 februarie 2022 —

This edition is under the sign of the browser. Here are the main topics of this issue:

First, we're welcoming Wolvic, the XR browser from Igalia, which has taken over the stewardship of the former Firefox Reality project.

Second, Chrome got a new logo, if you can spot the differences ;)

Next, updates for Chrome 98 and Edge 98 are rolling out now. Don't forget to restart your browser every now and then to receive the upgrade. Firefox has released the post-mortem analysis of its outage a few weeks ago. Polypane has reached version 8. And you can now try Safari 15.4 Beta.

Last but not least, the software updates - this week we got Angular 13.2, Babel 7.17.0, Electron 17.0.0, ESLint v8.8.0, WordPress 5.9, and more.

Goodbye Firefox Reality, Hello Wolvic

Igalia announced their new browser, Wolvic. It is focused on XR (eXtended Reality) and is the evolution of the Firefox Reality project.

Firefox Reality was launched back in 2018, as a result of Mozilla's research into AR, VR, and other similar technologies. This project is now being transferred to Igalia, who will continue the legacy.

New Chrome Logo

Have you noticed yet? Google Chrome has a new logo. The differences are subtle enough, that you need a keenly trained eye to spot what changed. But it's here and it can be admired in the current Google Canary version, as the official designer has announced on Twitter:

Browser news


It has been release day for the Chromium browsers and here are the main updates that rolled out with Chrome 98:

The update also brings many changes to the DevTools. Here are but a few of them:

For more details, you should check the release notes linked below:


It's easier for me now to spot updates for Microsoft Edge, once I've bookmarked their release notes page. Here are the highlights of the version 98 release:

I am most excited by the overlay scrollbars feature and I am looking forward to seeing it in all browsers.


Back on January 13th, Firefox browsers became unusable worldwide for a couple of hours. We now know what happened and how the team is planning to prevent such events from happening again in the future:


Polypane has gotten far, from a personal project to a fully-fledged browser. And now it has reached a new milestone with version 8. Here are just a handful of the features packed in this update:

As always, Killian put together a very helpful blog update, to go with the full release notes of this version.


The WebKit team is offering us a preview of things to come to Safari with the 15.4 Beta update. As usual, the release notes alone are not too rich in details, so I'm also including an article by Maximiliano Firtman with their take on the updates.

Software updates and releases

Wrapping things up

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Have a great and productive week, keep yourselves safe, spend as much time as possible with your loved ones, and I will see you again next time!

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