Google Chrome Turns 10 Years Old; Gets Facelift And New Features

06 September, 2018, 02:01 | Author: Rodolfo Hawkins
  • The URL standard is universally supported for giving websites addresses but Google's Chrome team wants something easier to understand

Google has already gotten the Material Design 2 ball rolling on its other apps and services so it was only a matter of time before Chrome got its cleaner and more rounded theme. It'll help create strong passwords for you, but also make them available at all times through your Google account. For example, they have moved the toolbar to the bottom on iOS, simplified the prompts, menus, and the URLs in address bar. The update, which was announced on Google's The Keyword blog, includes a redesign of the app's UI, improvements to password management, answers to common queries directly from Google's Omnibox, new personalization options, and under-the-hood enhancements. Your saved passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers, can be accessed from the Chrome toolbar, as shown in the feature image at the top of the page. Lastly, Google Chrome can now automatically generate password suggestions so you don't have to come up with your own passwords. In the near future, you will even be able to search your Google Drive without loading Google Drive. Displaying answers to question without having to open up a new tab, as seen in the GIF above. Simply type the website or page name and select "Switch to Tab" to discover what you lost!

So, if you fancy giving these new features a try, here's how to make sure your Chrome browser is fully up to date. On desktop, you can see a cleaner, vertical look to the tabs that are meant to make better use of the top of the browser while keeping the tabs visible for ease of navigation.

You can download Chrome here and below we have outlined some of the major changes in this release. On the desktop, the tabs have been redesigned to be more modern and consistent, to match with all the other Material Design elements of the browser.

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The team is now, Wired reports, focused on identifying the ways people now use URLs in order to develop an alternative method of addressing pages and sites which will both enhance security and add convenience - though, being described by engineering director Parisa Tabriz as 'an active discussion' at the company, it's unlikely that a URL replacement will be arriving in the immediate future. 'Already, we're working on integrating augmented reality (AR) into Chrome to bring information that you interact with across the web and put directly into your physical environment, ' he explains.

Security has also been beefed up with this latest version of Chrome.

If Chrome is listed, tap Update. People who want to personalize their browser will also find it easier to add shortcuts to the New Tab page or customize the page with a background taken from one of their photos.

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