Google redesigns Chrome to celebrate its 10th anniversary

Yolanda Curtis
September 5, 2018

For tab junkies, the omnibox will now search through your open tabs, and Google says that "soon" it will be able to search through Google Drive files. The new version is called Chrome 69 and it is now rolling out across desktop, iOS, and Android. There are new icons and also new colors being used throughout the experience.

Google has improved the way Chrome handles passwords.

Whether you love or hate Google's tendency to regularly revamp the look of its services, these redesigns always focus on one thing: minimalism. The flag is still available if the experiment UI Layout for the browser's top chrome is returned as the first result on the page that is loaded. Google has also simplified prompts, menus and URLs in the address bar. The new design is typical of what we've seen from Google lately: bright white with rounded corners and a soft, smooth look. As part of this, Chrome will no longer display a Secure indicator for sites using an SSL certificate and will instead show a lock icon as shown above. Whether someone will be annoyed enough to stop using Flash or abandon Chrome depends on the user, of course. Unlike most of the Chrome upgrades we see roughly every six weeks, this update is packed to the brim with new features.

You can now create and manage shortcuts to your favorite websites directly from the new tab page-simply open a new tab and "Add shortcut."

If you keep a ton of tabs open all the time, you'll notice that Chrome does a better job of marking each site's icons (or favicons) in each tab.

The new look, which looks similar to something we saw a couple months ago, will not only be available on PC, but will also span to mobile, being made available for the Chrome app on iOS and Android. This is a great addition as it will remove the requirement of installing an extension to perform this behavior, which many simply track your searchers or perform other unwanted behavior.

Speaking of passwords, Chrome can now auto-generate a strong password that will be linked to your Google account. Unfortunately, this goes against our preferred security, even though Google encrypts passwords, because storing them in the browser creates a treasure trove for malware to pilfer that sensitive data. All this information is saved to your Google account, and can also now be accessed directly from the Chrome toolbar. Also, if you're typing an address to navigate to a website, the Omnibox will now let you know if you already have that tab open.

Examples of questions that you can ask and get answered directly in the search bar include definitions, mathematical equations, addresses, and answers to simple questions.

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