Google’s 10 year browser anniversary comes with a new look for users

Posted September 05, 2018

Google says they are "rolling out" some new experiments to also "improve Chrome's startup time, latency, usage of memory, and usability". Chrome for Android 69.0.3497.76 brings a clean and more modern design, secure and easy mobile payments via third party apps, support for password generation on more sites, and general stability and performance improvements.

Chrome - which has around two billion users globally - is typically updated every six weeks, but it released a special update yesterday that introduces some new features. One of Google's biggest focuses in 2017 has been their push to get all of the web encrypted through SSL.

As we've known for a while now, Chrome 69 finally brings a uniform Material Design finish to the entire user experience. Now, more than 1bn people use the browser.

As Chrome gained popularity, the browsers market share continued to grow exponentially and today holds more than 60% of that share on desktop and over 50% on mobile.

"Chrome has a new look". With this release, Google is using the Material Design framework across the desktop, iOS, and Android versions of Chrome. Also, if you're typing an address to navigate to a website, the Omnibox will now let you know if you already have that tab open. Now, instead of having to manually find a tab yourself or head to Google's search engine to look something up, you can just use the Omnibox. With Chrome 68, HTTPS URLs were shown in green.

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The new Chrome will allow more customisations like enabling shortcut creation and management from the new tab page.

The blurred font issue wasn't only limited to text rendered inside a web page, but also for the text suggestions displayed inside the address bar search drop-down, and Chrome's Developer Tools panel.

There's also an upcoming feature that we've seen in chrome://flags that will give you results of items in your Google Drive folders.

Much of the new design centers on rounding out the search experience (pun intended).

The password manager is now better at figuring out when pages need credentials, according to Google, and its desktop version can now generate strong passwords for you on the fly. It can more accurately fill in your passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers as all this information is saved to your Google account, and can also now be accessed directly from the Chrome toolbar. Plus, Chrome will now tell you when you already have a site open, so you can jump to that tab without making a duplicate tab. Simply type a question into the browser, and if Google can pull an easy to display answer, it will display it directly in the search results as shown in the image above.