Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Google announces a major update for Chrome to celebrate its 10th birthday

Google announces a major update for Chrome to celebrate its 10th birthday

We're going to go through the major changes here, but if all you want to do is find out how to upgrade to the latest version, scroll down to the bottom of the article where there are instructions for updating your desktop browser as well as a link to update your mobile browser via the Google Play Store.

They are also rolling out a set of new experiments to improve Chrome's startup time, latency, usage of memory, and usability and there's a significant improvement in the the way Chrome handles passwords.

With Chrome 69, Google has stopped putting the green lock and designation "Secure" before the URL of HTTPS sites.

For example, the shape of tabs has been tweaked to make website icons easier to see.

For the last 24 hours, since the official rollout of the new Chrome 69, countless of users have gone on Twitter, Reddit, and the Google Product Forums [1, 2, 3, 4], to complain about "blurry" or "fuzzy" text inside Chrome.

On desktop, click the 3 dots icon at the top right of your Chrome window, select Settings, click the Menu bar and click About Chrome. It's releasing new tools for developers who contribute to its Chromium project too. I've had this on my device for some time and honestly, I thought it was already a thing.

Google also announced that you will soon be able to search through your Google Drive files and folders using the search bar, but perhaps the most exciting update is the one it's made to its Dino Runner game.

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It's hard to believe that Google Chrome has been around for 10 whole years.

The first thing you'll notice when using the new version of Chrome is its refreshed design, which reflects the company's Material Design principles.

Definitions and other information is available from the Omnibox.

You also have the ability to change the backgrounds for your new tab page to a collection of preselected images provided by Google or by uploading your own image.

According to Google, the search is now faster and smarter in the Omnibox as now the results will be displayed in the suggestions itself, and if the user opens a site which is already open in another tab then Chrome will prompt the user to jump to that tab via a "Switch to tab" button.

Chrome 69 also provides greater customization for the new tab page. It said: "Imagine searching on Chrome for a singer you just heard, and having Chrome show you not just their bio, but also their upcoming concert near you and where to purchase tickets".

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". Here's what's new with Chrome 69. You will certainly need a little getting used to, though the new changes are more than fantastic.

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