Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Tech | By Tabitha Holland

Google Chrome Turns 10 Years Old; Gets Facelift And New Features

Google Chrome Turns 10 Years Old; Gets Facelift And New Features

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.

Most notably, the app now has a flatter, rounder design more in line with Google's Material Design principles; these changes will be seen on both mobile and desktop.

Overall, Google says this visual overhaul is meant to boost productivity by reducing distractions and improving navigation. Google Chrome will offer better security features combined with better password management, improved autofill and a faster and smarter Omnibox.

Google Chrome Turns 10 Years Old; Gets Facelift And New Features
Google Chrome Turns 10 Years Old; Gets Facelift And New Features

The company has started putting that warning (in grey) before sites that transmit passwords or credit cards information over HTTP in early 2017, then started doing the same with FTP sites and, most recently, all HTTP sites.

Google has improved the Omnibox to make it even more easier to use. This new feature allows you customize the new tab page so that it shows the tiles you want and also allows you to edit the names of existing shortcut tiles.

You will also be able to search for tabs within the search bar, which again is handy if you work with lots of tabs open at the same time.

The new look Chrome and other features are rolling out as a part of Chrome 69 for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Previously, the tiles on the new tab page were automatically generated based on the sites you commonly visit. 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.

For example, the shape of tabs has been tweaked to make website icons easier to see. Now with Chrome 69, the URLs are gray with a little lock next to them. The Google Chrome browser has finally caught up with other Google apps and their material design language.

Google announced Chrome on September 2, 2008 and over the past few years it has become the world's most popular browser beating the likes of Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) and Mozilla's Firefox. 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". You can update to Chrome 69 using the built-in updater, or head here to download it directly.

Tab backgrounds can now be customised with the photo of the user's choice and shortcuts can be created directly from the new tab.

The address bar now displays answers as you type, so you might find what you're looking for without even loading a search result.

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