Google Chrome Gets New Design, Smarter Suggestions, Increased Security

The URL standard is universally supported for giving websites addresses but Google's Chrome team wants something easier to understand

If you've been a fan of Google Chrome since it first launched 10 years ago, you've probably witnessed most - if not all - of the browser's major updates.

In general, the new design of Google Chrome features more rounded corners, new icons, and a whiter color palette. Google also mentions that it is experimenting with under-the-hood changes to improve Chrome's overall performance that are covered in detail on its developer blog. And across Chrome, they have simplified the prompts, menus, and even the URLs in the address bar.

The latest version of Chrome has a new Material Design finish, new password management features, an improved Omnibox, and more.

If you're a person that relies on Chrome auto-filling your information, you'll be happy to know that the new browser will fill in sections more accurately.

Chrome now presents search results for common queries (such as the current weather) in the search bar, so you don't even have to click through to a second page to find the answer to whatever it is you're looking for.

While Google's release notes are usually short and not very descriptive when it comes to new features or changes, it is different this time around thanks to the anniversary. As well as that, you can now set your favorite sites on the "new tab" page, and set a background image of your choice. Those updates make Chrome's password manager more similar to tools like LastPass and 1Password.

It is possible, currently, to restore the old user interface in Chrome.

Google has chosen today to make an announcement because of a special occasion: It's Google Chrome's 10th birthday!

This is a great addition as it will remove the requirement of installing an extension to perform this behavior, which many simply track your searchers or perform other unwanted behavior.

You can now customise the new tab page so you're able to simply open a new tab and "Add shortcut". However you feel, Google is giving Chrome a major visual update to celebrate this milestone. The Google Chrome browser has finally caught up with other Google apps and their material design language. "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", shared Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, VP, Chrome and Chrome OS.

After testing custom wallpapers from Google Photos and custom shortcuts in the Canary version, Google is now rolling out these features to the stable version of Chrome.

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