Google Chrome gets major design overhaul for its 10th birthday

Helen Aguilar
September 5, 2018

Instructions on updating are below. You can also expect Chrome to get even more AI skills that hopefully won't sound too privacy-invasive. In short, it's been an incredibly successful ten years.

Click Update Google Chrome. You can see in the image below that the icons on a new tab now look very similar to Android icons.

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These changes are aimed at helping you browse faster, including moving the toolbar to the bottom on iOS, so it's easy to reach. Gone are the sharp edge design around the tabs and the old search bar.

Google said this feature is new in Chrome 69, although Google had the feature in beta in 2014 and more widely available in Chrome version 45 back in 2015.

Google has also changed a number of features within its mobile version of the browser.

Indeed, the flatter, rounded design looks modern, and makes navigation easier when you have several tabs open.

A password manager is an essential tool in today's password-heavy age. Chrome will save the generated password, and next time you sign in, it will be available on both your laptop and phone.

Staying secure on the web means using strong and unique passwords for every different site and Chrome will now generate one for you which is instantly saved within the browser. If you've been using "password" or "123456" for your internet accounts, then you've probably been hacked at least once.

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However, this will not work for standalone apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.

Reusing passwords is one of the worst things you can do when it comes to securing your online properties. "We've also integrated machine learning to detect phishing and malware sites, and most recently began applying it to detect malicious extensions".

Front and center is a redesign of Chrome's UI.

Examples of questions that you can ask and get answered directly in the search bar include definitions, mathematical equations, addresses, and answers to simple questions. Lastly, the Chrome team suggests that the browser will show smarter search results in the future. You can now also access this information from the toolbar.

With Chrome 69, the Omnibox becomes even more powerful. 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. No more duplicate tabs!

"Chrome has a new look".

At the top left, tap Menu My apps & games. Without the need to open an extra tab. Already, we're working on integrating augmented reality (AR) into Chrome to bring information that you interact with across the web and put directly into your physical environment. Try again in a few hours.

Needless to say, this is a massive update. Hit the button below to head to the Google Chrome listing.

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