Version 103 of Chrome launches this week, and Google highlights several new features on the iPhone and iPad that span usability and security.
That menu with three dots (overflow). located in the lower right corner of Chrome on the iPhone has been redesigned “to be scannable and to highlight key destinations.” It starts with a colorful carousel that provides quick access to bookmarks, history, reading list, passwords, downloads, recent tabs and settings.
Actions such as Reload, New Tab and New Incognito Tab are next with the panel opening halfway at the start. When fully expanded, you will get bookmark, Add to reading list, Translate, Request desktop site, Find on page, Zoom text, Report a problem and Help. This design – which is “based on user feedback” – can also be found in Chrome for iPad to the right of the omnibox.
Meanwhile, Chrome 103 introduces one new screen when “you’ve been away for a while.” Google wants to make it “easier to crawl content, start a new search, or easily return to your most visited sites.” You can also access Recent Tabs, a change that also comes to Android, which has already been seen in A / B testing.
Other user-facing messages include the initial rollout of Chrome actions where you can enter things like “Clear browser data”, “Open incognito tab” and “Set Chrome as default browser” in the address bar and be immediately redirected to the correct page. Google also has an “updated language identification mode” that uses machine learning on the device to “accurately determine the language of the page you are visiting and whether it needs to be translated to match your preferences.”
On the security front, Google brings Improved secure browsing for Chrome for iOS. Compared to existing “standard” protections, the browser will be more proactive and share real-time data with Google Safe Browsing, such as unusual URLs and suspicious downloads. Today, the option to set Enhanced Safe Browsing has not yet been widely rolled out (Settings> Google Services).
Chrome 103 has rolled out to iPhone and iPad, and App Store release notes identify further changes:
- Manage camera and microphone permissions for specific Web sites using the camera and microphone icons in the address bar.
- You can now download and add iCalendar files (iCal) to your calendar.
- Chrome removes duplicate tabs on page New tab in background.
- Stability and performance improvements are included.
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