Google has done its best to make it safer to navigate and experience the platform for its users. In light of this consideration, the tech giant is set to make massive changes in its Manifest V3.
The Manifest V3, if you don’t know it, is the updated and better version of the current Manifest V2. It is a platform that helps users to create Google Chrome extensions and while Manifest V2 has done the same, the new version of Manifest V3 which was released in 2019, is a more secure and updated model.
The tech giant is now making some changes to these two manifests. What is that?
As of 2019, Manifest V3 and Manifest V2 have been working side by side, but there has always been speculation that Google will shut down Manifest V2 in the future. Looks like the time has come.
As of January 17, 2022, Google will stop accepting extensions that will be formed through Manifest V2 in the Chrome Web Store. While old manifests will still receive updates, new ones will not be created through the Chrome web store, however extensions can be created outside of the Chrome web store for Manifest 2 and it will work fine.
However, this will only last for a year and Google will ban all kinds of extensions created from Manifest V2 despite being outside of the Chrome Web Store, starting in early 2023. Therefore, starting in 2023, all users will be forced to change. to manifesto V3.
The tech giant hasn’t updated much on this issue, and we don’t know which versions of Chrome will undergo these changes. Details on this will be specified later by the shipping giant.
However, while Manifest V3 will make a permanent appearance within two years, there are some controversies against it and need to be resolved.
The biggest of all controversies has been the introduction of the new Declarative Net Request API. Google used the Web Request API and users didn’t show a big response to the new API. This is because many ad blockers rely on the Web Request API to block unwanted content and the new API does not offer this functionality.
Google, however, has made some changes on this issue by public demand and things are looking better than before for the API.
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