4 updates coming to Google Chrome for its 10th birthday


Chrome 69 launched with a new user interface for the browser's main UI. On the desktop, the tabs have been redesigned to be more modern and consistent, to match with all the other Material Design elements of the browser.

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

Rounded corners also make their way to the address bar itself, with Google believing that the new look will make it easier for users to distinguish between tabs when they have lots open at once.

Google has improved the Omnibox to make it even more easier to use.

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. If you let your little dino run into one, he'll don a birthday hat and keep on trucking. The Chrome 69 for desktop has also enabled the PiP mode by default.

Security has also been beefed up with this latest version of Chrome.

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On mobile, open the iOS App Store or Google Play store to update the app. The light grey background is gone, giving way to a white palette, inspired by the new Material Theme.

You might also notice the shape of your tabs has changed. Users can even add the search bar to the bottom of the page in iOS and can enjoy general simplification of the menus in Chrome. There's a new tab page with more customisation options, and a horizontal tab switcher as well. Previously, the tiles used to automatically generated based on the sites you visit. Think weather, word translations, info on sporting events, etc. all within the Search bar. Soon, you'll be also able to search files from your Google Drive from the Omnibox.

And finally, in terms of new up front features, Google is letting you customize the new tab page with your favorites. The password manager has been revamped, adding a new password manager that randomly generates and stores unique and strong passwords every time you want to sign up on different sites. Chrome will then save and sync this new complicated passwords on all your devices.

The changes will take place across both desktop and mobile, too, meaning users can expect a consistent experience which is no mean feat given the number of platforms Chrome is now available on.

"Today, in honor of Chrome's 10th birthday, we're launching several new features", Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, VP of Product Management at Google, stated in an announcement. 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".