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

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

You can update to Chrome 69 using the built-in updater, or head here to download it directly.

The new look Chrome and other features are rolling out as a part of Chrome 69 for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. It's releasing new tools for developers who contribute to its Chromium project too. The Chrome 69 for desktop has also enabled the PiP mode by default. Chrome also generates, saves, and syncs your passwords across platforms. The new tab design, for example, makes it easier to see sites' icons.

The rounded shapes extend all the way to the recently used pages. Apart from that, Google has also introduced many improvements like secure and easy mobile payments via third-party apps, support for password generation on more sites, and general stability and performance improvements. Google Chrome will offer better security features combined with better password management, improved autofill and a faster and smarter Omnibox.

Now, when you are filling out a form to sign up for an account on a website, Chrome will create a strong, random password for you to use automatically.

While the auto-answer feature worked well when I tested it out in Chrome Canary (giving me the Yankees score from last night, and completing mathematic equations), its use of already-opened tabs didn't work during as well. The new browser has a simpler look. The unified search bar (aka the Omnibox) now shows some answers directly in the address bar, sparing you from opening a new tab just to check the weather or verify some celebrity trivia. Searching in the Omnibox (URL bar) of Chrome will now bring up suggestions and information directly in the search. For example, if you're a person who loves to have lots of tabs open, you can still do that, but the icons for websites are more clearly visible when you have an enormous amount of tabs open. Google says the Omnibox will return definitions in the drop-down results as you type as well as information about people and other subjects. There is also a new revamped new tab design which users will be able to customise to their liking. The edges of tabs are rounded in Chrome 69, the profile icon was moved from the title bar to the main toolbar, and the height of the titlebar has been reduced even further in the new version.

Can I ask you a personal question? Ever play the Chrome Dino game? You know; the sensitive ones.

The image below shows how text renders inside Firefox 62 (on the left), compared to Chrome 69 (on the right), on a Windows 10 machine.

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