In commemoration of Chrome's 10-year anniversary, Google has updated the browser with a new look, and has introduced many improvements. 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.
If you are now running an older version of Google Chrome, it's incredibly easy to update to Chrome 69. Also, the grey background has been replaced by the white palette. The new tab design, for example, makes it easier to see sites' icons. You can now get answers to your questions directly inside the Omnibox, without having to navigate to a website.
First up, Chrome has a new look. Gone are the sharp edge design around the tabs and the old search bar. The Chrome 69 for iOS also brings these changes on board, but on iPhones, users will find the toolbar located towards the bottom of the screen. The major update is in line with Google's Material Design approach, which gives the browser a modern touch.
To make Chrome more personal you can now create and manage shortcuts to your favourite websites directly from the new tab page - simply open a new tab and "Add shortcut". There is also an avatar added to the upper right side near the menu which will allow the users to quickly access their account related details like passwords or payment info. There are new icons and also new colors being used throughout the experience.
To celebrate this major milestone, today Google is rolling out Google Chrome 69 - the latest version of the browser.
Chrome 69 also provides greater customization for the new tab page.
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If you keep a ton of tabs open all the time, you'll notice that Chrome does a better job of marking each site's icons (or favicons) in each tab.
These passwords are also synchronized to your Google account so that they are available on other devices that you use Chrome.
The Omnibar, Google's term for the address bar turned search bar, is learning some new tricks too. Lastly, Google Chrome can now automatically generate password suggestions so you don't have to come up with your own passwords.
"There is always a trade-off between security and convenience, but our research clearly shows that the feature in web browsers of storing login credentials is leaving millions of home and business networks wide open to attack - even if those networks are supposedly secured with a strong password", says Luke Potter, SureCloud's cybersecurity practice director.
Apart from these apparent changes, on the backend, the new Chrome comes with improved startup time, latency, usage of memory, and usability.