Chrome is now 10 years old and to celebrate Google has pushed out a big new update.
The major upgrade went live earlier today with one of the biggest changes arriving in the form of a refreshed look. This new design includes more rounded shapes, new icons and a new colour palette.
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. Along with this updated appearance, Google has now changed the popular search feature from within the address bar. The US firm says they are making it even more convenient to use as it will now show you answers directly without having to open a new tab.
For example, start typing the word weather, or sporting results, and you'll see the results appear right within the bar. Plus, there's another bonus as, if you find yourself with a huge array of tabs open across three browser windows, Chrome will now tell you a website is already open and let you jump straight to it with “Switch to tab.”
Google has also changed a number of features within its mobile version of the browser. These changes are aimed at helping you browse faster, including moving the toolbar to the bottom on iOS, so it's easy to reach. And across Chrome, they have simplified the prompts, menus, and even the URLs in the address bar. To make Chrome more personal you can now create and manage shortcuts to your favourite websites directly from the new tab page - simply open a new tab and “Add shortcut.” And you can now customise the background of a newly-opened tab with a photo of your choice. Along with big changes you can see Google says it is always working on "behind the scenes” improvements to Chrome including better protection against cyber attacks and malware. They are also rolling out a set of new experiments to improve Chrome’s startup time, latency, usage of memory, and usability and there's a significant improvement in the the way Chrome handles passwords. Staying secure on the web means using strong and unique passwords for every different site and Chrome will now generate one for you which is instantly saved within the browser.
So, if you fancy giving these new features a try, here's how to make sure your Chrome browser is fully up to date.
HOW TO UPDATE YOUR BROWSER
ON A DESKTOP OR LAPTOP PC
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More.
- Click Update Google Chrome. If you don't see this button, you're on the latest version.
- Click Relaunch.
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the Play Store app.
- At the top left, tap Menu My apps & games. Apps with available updates are listed under "Updates."
- Under "Updates," look for Chrome.
- If Chrome is listed, tap Update.
- On your iPhone or iPad, open the App Store.
- At the bottom, tap Updates.
- In the pending updates, look for Chrome.
- If Chrome is listed, tap Update to install.
- If asked, enter your Apple ID password. The updates will download and install.