After weeks of testing, Google's Chrome web browser has today received a new lick of paint, giving it a whole new look in the process. The company said in a blog post today that Chrome 69 is packed with "more rounded shapes, new icons and a new color palette" and that it "simplified" prompts, menus and the URLs in the address bar to improve the browsing experience.
Augmented reality is also set to become a major feature for Chrome, with the team explaining that the browser will harness the technology to make things such as furniture shopping much easier. The company announced that it would be bringing a major update to the browser, featuring a new look and vast improvements to the user experience. Once created, Chrome will save it and automatically sign you in to the site, so long as you are logged into your Google account on a PC, notebook, or phone. "And Chrome's search box (the "Omnibox") gives you more information directly as you type, saving you even more time". Google says that it will now show you answers directly in the address bar without having to open a new tab - "Rich Results". Just enter the name of a website into the Omnibox - if you already have that tab open, Chrome will ask if you want to switch to that tab.
So you'll be able to get lavish results on celebrities, cultural events, weather info and more straight from the Omnibox. For Chrome's 10th birthday, Google has updated the game with a few birthday treats. You can now create and manage shortcuts to your favorite websites directly from the new tab page.More news: Dermer to Represent Israel at Upcoming Memorials for Late Sen. John McCain
Chrome's getting a new tab on the desktop as part of the latest update as well. It also updated its tabs to make it harder to lose track of a site if you have a bunch open. The difference is barely noticeable, but it is there, and users used to Chrome top-notch font rendering have immediately noticed. The Google Chrome browser has finally caught up with other Google apps and their material design language. Gone are the sharp edge design around the tabs and the old search bar. In addition, the "New Tab" page now includes a plus button titled "Add shortcut" that essentially allows you to add a custom shortcut. "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", shared Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, VP, Chrome and Chrome OS.
If you're a Chromie like us, a lot of these features may appear familiar as we have been reporting on them in upcoming versions of Chrome OS.