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 decade updates are definitely putting pressure on Microsoft and its Edge to continue to step up to the plate with its own set of value propositions for Windows 10 users.

The first thing you may notice in Chrome 69 is the new user interface for the browser.

A Google spokesperson said today the company is investigating reports about blurry fonts with the newly released Chrome 69 version. The new tab design, for example, makes it easier to see sites' icons. In case you're wondering about performance, Google says it continues to work on improving startup time, latency, memory use and more, although it doesn't seem we'll see changes there to this particular build.

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Users looking for a taste of this new look have been able to try it out by using Chrome Canary, the public beta version of Chrome. If you're a Chrome user, this is all quite exciting. Both of those announcements should be welcome; supporting the developer community is one of the best ways for Google to make sure Chrome doesn't become a bloated mess that can't perform as well as competitive browsers. On mobile, open Apple App store or Google Play Store to update the app. Google has adopted its Material Design 2 philosophy to give the browser an all-new design, which is a welcome move. Google says you will notice "more rounded shapes, new icons and a new colour palette", using the Material design language. If you're lazy or open a bunch of tabs, this feature will save you a bit of time so you won't have to find the answer on Wikipedia or WolframAlpha. Coming to iOS, Chrome 69 brings all the new design elements, and all the new features mentioned above, but additionally also relocates the toolbar to the bottom of the app.

Plus, there are customisable options, too. I actually can't believe this wasn't already a thing, but you can manage shortcuts or buttons to your favorite sites, as well as the background image. Previously, the tiles used to automatically generated based on the sites you visit. The address bar's been also tweaked, with the Omnibox (suggestions bar) now giving you intelligent suggestions.

Google has improved the way Chrome handles passwords. There is also an improved password management system wherein it will generate a new secure password for you and will save it for future use so that you don't have to worry about remembering multiple passwords. Also clearing your browser's saved passwords and not saving credentials for unsecure HTTP pages, deleting saved open networks and not allowing automatic re-connection to networks, and changing pre-shared keys and router admin credentials as soon as possible.

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