New Delhi: In celebration of Google Chrome’s 15th birthday, the tech giant is gifting its loyal users with a refreshed look for the desktop version, along with several exciting upgrades aimed at enhancing the browsing experience. Parisa Tabriz, Vice President of Chrome, shared this news in a blog post on September 7, underscoring the commitment to making Chrome a more accessible, speedy, and secure platform.
Here are the exciting upgrades:
1- A Personalized Browser
The refreshed look of Google Chrome’s desktop version is set to be gradually unveiled in the coming weeks. This makeover is built upon Google’s proprietary ‘Material You’ design language, ensuring a contemporary and user-friendly interface. The key highlights of this visual overhaul include:
– Revamped browser icons prioritizing legibility.
– Fresh color palettes to harmonize with tabs and the toolbar.
– Enhanced integration with operating systems (OS) to seamlessly adapt Chrome preferences to OS-level settings, such as dark and light modes.
– Improved usability with a comprehensive menu providing quicker access to extensions, Translate, Password Manager, and more.
2- New Extension Categories
The Chrome Web Store is getting a facelift too. Users can expect to explore novel extension categories like AI-powered and Editors’ spotlight. Additionally, personalized recommendations will enhance the overall experience, making it easier to discover extensions that align with individual preferences.
3- Enhanced Security with Safety Check for Extensions
In a bid to bolster security, Google is extending its Safety Check feature to include extensions. This update empowers the browser to identify extensions that were recently unpublished, infringed upon policies or posed potential security risks. This proactive measure ensures that users can navigate the web with greater peace of mind.
4- Streamlined Browsing with New Search Features
Google Chrome is introducing new search features to streamline the browsing process. Users can now select the ‘Search this page with Google’ option from the three-dot menu while on a webpage. This action opens the Google Search side panel, offering quick access to related searches, insights about a page’s source, or initiating a completely fresh search.
5- Upgraded Safe Browsing for Enhanced Protection
Google is fortifying its Safe Browsing feature to provide real-time checks of websites against its database of ‘bad-known’ sites. This proactive approach reduces the gap between threat identification and prevention. As a result, users can expect a 25% improvement in protection against malware and phishing threats.
Google Chrome’s 15th birthday is not just a celebration of its past accomplishments but also a commitment to its users’ future browsing experiences. With a sleek new look, enhanced security features, and more personalized recommendations, Chrome is poised to remain at the forefront of web browsers, providing users with a reliable and innovative platform for years to come.