Chrome is the most popular browser in the world and Google has just given its two billion users five more important reasons to keep it that way.
Google has unveiled performance, feature, and security improvements for Chrome on both the desktop and mobile. Let’s break them down:
Read on later
An important capture feature seen by TechDows, Chrome is adding a post-read feature to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS, allowing users to save webpages for later reading with a single button. Currently marked in Chrome Canary, users can find it by typing chrome: // flags in the browser and searching for “Read later”.
Shared password support
(Via MacRumors) Google is supporting Chrome to share your passwords with different iOS apps. Given the split that many iPhone owners experience with their data stored on Google or Apple iCloud, this will create a much more seamless experience for millions of Chrome users. To turn it on, go to Passwords and Accounts> Fill Passwords> Chrome.
Collapse tab and save energy
Chrome beta now allows users to collapse all tabs in a group when you enable the following signal: chrome: // flags / # tab-groups-collapse. This way, you can hide all the tabs in a tab group to save space by clicking the group name. From there, TechDows saw that Google has added another indicator: “Collapse Freeze Tab Groups” that will allow users to save memory life and battery by freezing all collapsed Chrome browser tabs. Smart.
Chosen by TheWindowsClub, Chrome will soon support smart contextual actions when using progressive web applications (PWAs). For example, if you install Twitter PWA using Chrome Canary (developer creation), your browser will automatically offer Compose, check notifications, send direct messages, and explore trend options just by right-clicking the icon. This brings with it the kind of smart functionality that Android and iPhone owners have enjoyed for years by tapping app icons.
Improved biometric security
Seen by 9to5Mac, Google has announced the launch of biometric support when paying by card on Android. Previously, users had to find their card – although it was previously saved – and enter their CVC number. Now, Chrome will simply use your phone’s fingerprint scanner / facial recognition technology, which will allow you to skip this step. Expect laptops and desktops with biometric security to be developed in the future.
Combine all of these additions with Google’s new drive to make Chrome more efficient, as well as the renewed assault of Chrome OS on Windows and browser wars are deteriorating again.
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