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

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

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

Google's Chrome browser turned 10 over the weekend and to mark the event, the developer team has announced a big update that brings a new look and a few other improvements. Apart from the use of a new color palette, the browser now has more rounded shapes and new icons.

To commemorate its ten year milestone, Google is rolling out some new UI designs that should help users search more productivity and conveniently. Those using iOS will now notice that the toolbar for the browser has been brought to the bottom of the screen, making it more convenient and easier to navigate. Chrome's always had a password manager, but this new version will be more proactive, generating passwords for you - pushing users away from recycling their passwords. This password will be saved in the built-in password manager so that the next time you visit that site it automatically fills the account credentials. However, new to Chrome 69, when you're logging into a website for the first time Chrome will recommend a secure password for you. There's a positive side tostoring these passwords in your Google account - after all, you will be available on Chrome on both desktop and mobile. With this release, Google Chrome's "omnibox", the bar you type URLs or search queries into, can show you search result answers as you type. The omnibox will display answers to questions in the address bar without having to open a new tab, from football scores to local weather. And finally, you can now customize the background of a newly-opened tab with your own photo.

The tab bar has been redesigned to make it easier to see a website's favicon while all menus and prompts have also been simplified. The Omnibar is also pill-shaped on the desktop browser, and there is a new avatar icon on the top right that takes you to all your shortcuts to passwords and payment info.

Google has chosen today to make an announcement because of a special occasion: It's Google Chrome's 10th birthday! Gone are the sharp edge design around the tabs and the old search bar. As far back as Chrome 56, the company had started to issue warnings about the lack of security on HTTP sites. The major update is in line with Google's Material Design approach, which gives the browser a modern touch.

Users are also able to create and manage shortcuts to websites directly from the "new tab" page, with the "Add shortcut" feature, said Google. Whether someone will be annoyed enough to stop using Flash or abandon Chrome depends on the user, of course.

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