Chrome Turns 10 and Gets a Bunch of New Features

The URL standard is universally supported for giving websites addresses but Google's Chrome team wants something easier to understand

4 updates coming to Google Chrome for its 10th birthday

If you've been a fan of Google Chrome since it first launched 10 years ago, you've probably witnessed most - if not all - of the browser's major updates. There are new icons and also new colors being used throughout the experience. The Chrome search box ("Omnibox") also gives you more information directly as you type.

Google has chosen today to make an announcement because of a special occasion: It's Google Chrome's 10th birthday!

Chrome 69 is more than a new coat of paint, however, as shown by the browser's new password manager. This version comes with a bunch of new features including a new user interface design, better password management, security, and customization. Iconography, text fields, and tabs all have more rounded corners than previously.

Google says the design change is aimed at making website icons easier to see which should help simplify things when navigating across lots of tabs. It also brings support for display cutouts given the notch trend allowing the page to be customised and use the entire screen more efficiently.

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Easier personalization (shortcuts, new tab background). Chrome now lets you personalize the New Tab page with your own wallpaper, and you can finally - yes, finally - add your own links to the New Tab page for quick access. This new version can be downloaded from the App Store.

If you follow XDA, you've probably heard that the Google Chrome web browser would be getting a Google Material Theme UI overhaul sometime this year. The edges of tabs are rounded in Chrome 69, the profile icon was moved from the title bar to the main toolbar, and the height of the titlebar has been reduced even further in the new version. The aim is to provide a simpler look that will hopefully boost overall productivity. Other notable features include improved autofill that accurately remembers and fills in your passwords, addresses, and credit card numbers. It will now generate strong and unique passwords for different sites.

Users are also able to create and manage shortcuts to websites directly from the "new tab" page, with the "Add shortcut" feature, said Google.

The search bar - which is commonly known as the Omnibox - can now show more information without needing to open a new tab. Speaking to Wired, Chrome engineering manager Adrienne Porter Felt, described today's URLs as 'hard to read, it's hard to know which part of them is supposed to be trusted, and in general I don't think URLs are working as a good way to convey site identity. New CSS features to enhanced performance tracking ability have also been introduced for developers.

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