Google Celebrates Chrome’s 10th Birthday With A New Look

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Google is celebrating Chrome's 10th anniversary with a redesign. But more than just a new look, the new design also serves a functional objective.

Users will notice some changes as soon as they launch the updated app, but there are alterations throughout the whole of the Chrome experience, meaning changes will be spotted throughout. That all changes with the release of version 69, targeted for September 4, which brings what Google calls its Material Design language to the web browser. It will also auto-generate a secure password when you create a new account on a website and then store it securely and make it available, from your Chrome account, on your other devices. Have you ever had so many tabs open that you couldn't find the article or conversation you were looking for, forcing you to systematically close tabs to search for the needle in the haystack that is your digital life? Here's what's new with Chrome 69.

Restart your browser by typing chrome://restart in the address bar and pressing enter. On mobile, open Apple App store or Google Play Store to update the app.

Apart from these apparent changes, on the backend, the new Chrome comes with improved startup time, latency, usage of memory, and usability. Apart from the use of a new color palette, the browser now has more rounded shapes and new icons. Tabs, for instance, now feature rounded corners so you can navigate them better. More specifically in iOS the toolbar has been moved to the bottom - thumb friendly.

Easier personalization (shortcuts, new tab background). In addition, the "New Tab" page now includes a plus button titled "Add shortcut" that essentially allows you to add a custom shortcut. If you want to have password management for those, you will have to use a third-party service.

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The search bar - which is commonly known as the Omnibox - can now show more information without needing to open a new tab. Think weather, word translations, info on sporting events, etc. all within the Search bar.

Once the password has been created, Chrome will save it to both your browser and Google account.

Chrome now also packs a new UI, which ensures the browser can more accurately fill in passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers - so that "you can breeze through online checkout forms".

The list of options in the "more" menu - the ellipses on the right side of the toolbar - is also much easier to read and scan, thanks to bigger text and new icons for functions such as bookmarking and requesting the desktop version of a page.

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