Chrome's Huge 10th Birthday Redesign: Here Are the Best Features

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

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

Since that time, Google Chrome has birthed not only mobile versions of the browser but even a full-fledged operating system that is single-handedly responsible for our existence.

In commemoration of Chrome's 10-year anniversary, Google has updated the browser with a new look, and has introduced many improvements.

Google Chrome's new look brings a new design for desktop, Android and iOS users. I like how you can now easily switch to synced desktop tabs in the iOS app, plus the placement for a shortcut to search is handy. It felt completely unnatural having to click to the left of the tabs everytime I wanted to open a new one.

Perhaps, most useful is the "Already Opened" feature in the Omnibox, which will alert us tab warriors of page searches that we now have buried in pile of open tabs.

There's one more update debuting alongside Chrome 69. Interestingly, the iOS app now has the address bar on the bottom of the screen, just like the "Chrome Home" UI that was in development for a year on Android but ultimately cancelled. There's also the New Tab page that can be customised to your fancy and Chrome 69 for desktop also enables PiP mode by default. 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.

Needless to say, this is a massive update. "We've also integrated machine learning to detect phishing and malware sites, and most recently began applying it to detect malicious extensions".

If you rely on Google Chrome's built-in password manager, then you'll be happy to know that the latest stable update also brings a few usability improvements. This warning text will soon be red, emphasising that users should not use these sites. "And Chrome's search box (the "Omnibox") gives you more information directly as you type, saving you even more time".

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.

In addition to the Omnibox, Google also changed how it labels HTTPS URLs.

Chrome has improved its password handler so that when you sign up for new sites it will recommend a strong and hard to brute force password. On desktop, you can see a cleaner, vertical look to the tabs that are meant to make better use of the top of the browser while keeping the tabs visible for ease of navigation.

The team is now, Wired reports, focused on identifying the ways people now use URLs in order to develop an alternative method of addressing pages and sites which will both enhance security and add convenience - though, being described by engineering director Parisa Tabriz as 'an active discussion' at the company, it's unlikely that a URL replacement will be arriving in the immediate future.

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