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A more helpful Chrome, throughout your workday from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Lately, my productivity has been up and down, following the curves of the pandemic and the seasons. But where I live, spring is here 🌷. And, in addition to spending more time in my garden, I’m finally zeroing in on how I can be more productive working from home. Here’s how I use some new Chrome features to get work and life done throughout my day. Check them out for your own productivity boost.Link to your highlighted textAs a product manager for Chrome, I often read research studies, articles and even tweets about how people use their browsers. Yesterday, I read a long article with an interesting data point I wanted to share with a colleague. Instead of copying the link from the address bar, I used Chrome’s new “link to highlight” feature by highlighting the text I want to share, right-clicking, choosing “Copy link to highlight” and then sending the link. When my coworker opened the link, he saw the exact section of text I wanted him to see 🙌. This feature is rolling out now to desktop and Android and is coming soon for iOS. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">With “Copy link to highlight”, you can share a URL for selected text highlighted for the recipient.</figcaption></figure>New PDF featuresDuring lunch, I decided to double-check a PDF for a presentation to my volunteer group. So, I took the opportunity to test drive the new PDF reader features my team and I just released, building on last year’s work to fill out and save PDF forms.When I opened the PDF, I used the new sidebar to browse the thumbnails and quickly jump to the specific page I wanted to check. To practice for later, I turned on the new presentation mode, removing the on-screen distractions (toolbars, address bar, tabs), so my presentation will be focused and so will my audience.We added more features to make working with PDFs better: document properties, two-page view and an updated top toolbar, which puts the most important PDF actions (zoom, jump to page, save, print and more) within a single click. These features are rolling out now.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">New features on Chrome’s PDF reader: Check out the new top toolbar, side toolbar and overflow menu.</figcaption></figure>Mute notifications when presenting Later in the day, I had a few meetings back to back. First up was a team meeting where I presented the latest designs for an upcoming feature. Luckily now, when presenting or sharing Chrome windows, Chrome mutes all notifications, so there’ll be less distraction. When done, they unmute. This new feature makes me laugh out loud, because it brings back a memory from years ago when I was presenting and a news notification for “Cougar Sighting on Campus!” leapt onto my screen and completely distracted me and the audience. True story!Performance mattersLater, I moved to the patio to enjoy the sun, check my plants for aphids and finish up some remaining bits of work.Sitting in my patio chair, using battery power, Chrome is still zipping right along with my tasks and I work longer without feeling my laptop get too hot. This is because recent performance improvements have decreased Chrome CPU usage, which often means more battery life, less fan noise and less heat. Chrome now reclaims up to 100MB per tab, which is more than 20% on some popular sites. Getting a bit nerdy with some new data: for Mac, we’re seeing up to 65% improvement in Energy Impact when activetabs are prioritized over tabs you aren’t using. This means up to 35% reduction in CPU usage and up to 1.25 more hours of battery life, with similar results on Windows, Chrome OS and Linux. And on Android, Chrome starts up 13% faster even with lots of tabs open.Last but not least, we’re soon launching tab freezing for collapsed groups. This means when groups are collapsed (and tabs are hidden), the tabs inside use less memory and CPU, making your computer quicker. And right now, I have 11 groups collapsed with 64 tabs inside, so that’s awesome 💯. This feature is coming soon to beta.If you want to learn more about our work to improve Chrome's performance, check out our series, The Fast and the Curious, on the Chromium blog.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">When you collapse tab groups, Chrome will automatically freeze the tabs so they use less memory and CPU.</figcaption></figure>Name your windows To set myself up for success the next day, my final work task was to organize my tabs and windows. I used tab search (now rolling out to all desktop platforms) to find and close tabs, tab groups to organize projects and then (drum roll please) I used window naming. I right-clicked on an empty spot in the tab strip and named each of my windows. With custom windows names, when you press alt+tab to switch windows or right-click on a tab and select “Move to another window” it’s easier to distinguish between open windows and you can find what you're looking for faster. This feature is rolling out now.<figure class="article-image--medium h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">With custom window names, it’s easier to distinguish between your open Chrome windows.</figcaption></figure>I hope these new Chrome features add productivity to your day and a spring to your step, like they do mine.</body></html>

25 days ago

Experiment with AR and VR made for the web from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Augmented and virtual reality are opening up the possibilities of how we interact with the world and information around us. WebXR brings together AR and VR on the web to make them more convenient and widely accessible. Today on the Experiments with Google platform, we’re launching the new WebXR collection to showcase what is possible with this technology — from helpful utilities to get things done, to playful and immersive experiences:<figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>Sodar helps to visualize social distancing. By activating a personal augmented reality radar from your browser, you can see what six feet (or two meters) looks like in any environment.With Measure Up, you can calculate the length, area and volume of the things around you without using a tape measure. Floom is a fun new way to explore the planet, built with WebXR and Google Maps. Open your browser to tunnel through the earth and see what’s on the other side.And coming soon, Picturescape turns your Google Photos library into an immersive gallery so you can explore your memories in augmented reality.All you need to try these experiments is a supported Android device and the latest Chrome browser.Check them out now and submit your own at</body></html>

about 1 month ago

Privacy, sustainability and the importance of “and” from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>When other browsers started blocking third-party cookies by default, we were excited about the direction, but worried about the immediate impact. Excited because we absolutely need a more private web, and we know third-party cookies aren't the long-term answer. Worried because today many publishers rely on cookie-based advertising to support their content efforts, and we had seen that cookie blocking was already spawning privacy-invasive workarounds (such as fingerprinting) that were even worse for user privacy. Overall, we felt that blocking third-party cookies outright without viable alternatives for the ecosystem was irresponsible, and even harmful, to the free and open web we all enjoy. Since 2019, we’ve been working on a collaborative open-source effort — the Privacy Sandbox — to develop a set of new privacy-preserving technologies that make third-party cookies obsolete and enable publishers to keep growing their businesses and keep the web sustainable, with universal access to content. It’s a polarity to balance, but one we think is critical to keep the web open, accessible and thriving for everyone.Today, a new piece of web technology — Federated Learning of Cohorts (FLoC) — will start to roll out as a developer origin trial in Chrome. Keeping in mind the importance of “and,” FLoC is a new approach to interest-based advertising that both improves privacy and gives publishers a tool they need for viable advertising business models. FLoC is still in development and we expect it to evolve based on input from the web community and learnings from this initial trial.Here’s a bit more information on how FLoC currently protects your privacy:You’re part of a crowd.FLoC allows you to remain anonymous as you browse across websites and also improves privacy by allowing publishers to present relevant ads to large groups (called cohorts). Cohorts are defined by similarities in browsing history, but they’re not based on who you are individually. In fact, which cohort you are in frequently changes as your browsing history changes. Of course, when you want an individual experience, you can still sign into websites and share the personal information you choose.FLoC doesn’t share your browsing history with Google or anyone. With FLoC, your browser determines which cohort corresponds most closely to your recent web browsing history, grouping you with thousands of other people who have similar browsing histories. The identification number of the cohort is the only thing provided when requested by a site. This is different from third-party cookies, which allow companies to follow you individually across different sites. FLoC works on your device without your browsing history being shared. Importantly, everyone in the ads ecosystem, including Google’s own advertising products, will have the same access to FLoC.Chrome browser won’t create groups that it deems sensitive. Before a cohort becomes eligible, Chrome analyzes it to see if the cohort is visiting pages with sensitive topics, such as medical websites or websites with political or religious content, at a high rate. If so, Chrome ensures that the cohort isn’t used, without learning which sensitive topics users were interested in. We have created a detailed technical paper on how this works. And of course, sites can also opt out of FLoC, meaning the browser will not include visits to that site when determining a cohort.The initial testing of FLoC is taking place with a small percentage of users in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines and the U.S. We’ll expand to other regions as the trial expands globally. If you’ve chosen to block third-party cookies with the current version of Chrome, you won’t be included in these origin trials. In April, we’ll introduce a control in Chrome Settings that you can use to opt out of inclusion in FLoC and other Privacy Sandbox proposals.To help support this important milestone we’re also launching a new site,, dedicated to our Privacy Sandbox proposals where you can find an overview of this effort, FAQs on FLoC and links to additional resources, with more content to come over time. We’ll continue to share updates as we collaborate with the broader web ecosystem. And we welcome Privacy Sandbox contributions from publishers, ad tech companies, advertisers and developers. </body></html>

about 1 month ago

Chrome can now caption audio and video from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Captions make online content more accessible. If you’re in a noisy environment, trying to keep the volume down, or are part of the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing, having captions lets you follow along to whatever content you are watching — whether it’s viral feta pasta videos, breaking news or a scientist discussing their latest research. Unfortunately, captions aren’t always available for every piece of content. Now with Live Caption on Chrome, you can automatically generate real-time captions for media with audio on your browser. It works across social and video sites, podcasts and radio content, personal video libraries (such as Google Photos), embedded video players, and most web-based video or audio chat services.<figure>10:25<figcaption class="uni-article-video__caption h-c-page">Turn on Live Caption in Chrome to see captions for media with audio played in your browser window</figcaption></figure>Laura D’Aquila, a software engineer on Google Workspace who is hard of hearing, tested out the feature early on. “With Live Caption, I no longer have to miss out on watching videos because of lack of captions, and I can engage in real-life conversations with family, friends or colleagues about this content. Just recently, my coworker sent a video to our team's chat, but it was not captioned. With Live Caption I was able to follow along and share my reactions to the video with my team.” These captions in Chrome are created on-device, which allows the captions to appear as the content plays without ever having to leave your computer. Live Caption also works offline, so you can even caption audio and video files saved on your hard drive when you play them in Chrome.  To turn on Live Caption in Chrome from your desktop, go to Chrome Settings, click on the Advanced section, then go to the Accessibility section. The feature currently supports English and is available globally on the latest release of Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux devices and will be coming soon to ChromeOS. For Android devices, Live Caption is already available for any audio or video on your mobile device.</body></html>

about 1 month ago

Chrome OS's Jenn Chen on a decade of design from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Ten years ago, Chrome OS principal designer Jenn Chen was hardly what you’d called a techie. “I was the last person I knew who got a smartphone,” she says, laughing. “I was a total Luddite! I didn’t want to do it!” But today, things are different — and not just for Jenn. The devices we use and how we use them have both changed dramatically over the years. “Technology plays a bigger part in our day to day,” she says. “So it’s increasingly important that we have a human, respectful approach in how we design and build products.” Chrome OS embraced that change, and Jenn’s seen the evolution from the inside. Originally, she was the only person on the team dedicated to Chrome OS user experience (UX) — now, she leads an entire team. We recently had the chance to talk to Jenn about a decade of Chrome OS, and what her path to design work was like. What kickstarted your interest in working in UX and design?Growing up, I had a lot of different interests but never felt like they quite added up to a clear career path. I dabbled in biology because I loved marine life, read up on cognition because I was fascinated by how minds worked and even explored being a full-time pianist. One day in college, I tagged along with a friend who organized a visit to a design agency and I found it absolutely riveting. Here were different people with different professions — anthropologists, surgeons, engineers — all working together to solve a problem through a multifaceted, human-centered approach which I learned was called “design thinking.” This really sparked my interest in learning more about product design and building creative solutions to serve real user needs, which led to studying HCI (human-computer interaction) and user experience.What’s the “movie version” of your job? How is it portrayed in pop culture, and how does that compare to reality? The perception is that UXers are in the lab all day, and that every user insight we learn immediately leads to a light bulb moment and design solution! There’s so much testing out ideas, learning that they won’t work and moving on — or years later, bringing that thing back and seeing there is something there, but the timing wasn't right or the tech wasn’t ready before. There’s a lot of constant failure. We designers call it “iteration,” but I think people forget that also means being wrong a lot — and being OK with being wrong, because it helps us learn. The movie version of my job glosses over all that.Chrome OS was such a new idea. What were some of the early challenges of launching something so different?Computers have been around much longer than Chromebooks, so people have established expectations and habits. The challenge is meaningfully rethinking what a computer can be while also meeting people where they are. I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with and learn from experts in this space as a part of the Chrome OS team and a part of the broader Google UX community.One good example of this was that Chrome OS started out with a minimal approach when it came to task management: Users could only have full-screen windows with multiple tabs. We quickly learned that how people manage their tasks is personal, so flexibility is absolutely necessary. We introduced more window controls and tools over time. Today, we've expanded task management abilities for Desks to help people organize their apps, windows and tabs across virtual work spaces, but still benefit from a simplified, more constrained model when they only have a touchscreen handy. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Early Chrome OS task management</figcaption></figure><figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Chrome OS desks in 2021</figcaption></figure><figure class="article-image--wrap-small "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">A lot can happen in 10 years: Jenn tells us what she was doing 10 years ago.</figcaption></figure>What new launches are you excited about?So many things! The team has been hard at work on a whole suite of features for Chrome OS’s 10th birthday. I’m really excited about the everyday efficiencies we’ve built, whether it’s helping you find that article you had open on your phone with Phone Hub or making screenshots and recordings more precise with Screen Capture — definitely things that I use daily as a designer. Ten years later, what keeps you interested in this work?I came from the startup world, and to be totally honest I didn’t think I’d be at a larger company for this long. But one of the things I love about working on Chrome OS is that it’s kind of like a startup in a big company: We’ve come a long way after starting out as a little fish in this pond, there’s much more we aspire to do, and I get the huge privilege of being a part of the journey with an amazing team of people. What’s especially motivating for me is witnessing how computing impacts people’s economic and social mobility — whether it’s being part of the distance learning solution in a pandemic or supporting refugees in settling in to their new communities. I’m excited to see how some of the bets we’ve made play out, and to be a part of shaping the future of computing.</body></html>

2 months ago

Create a space for yourself in Chrome from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>If you're one of the many families who share a computer in your home, or someone who uses their computer for both work and personal browsing, these stories may be familiar: You spent the previous day hand-picking your favorite browser colors and theme, only to discover that someone changed everything up. Or, you're trying to login to a retailer site to buy a saved pair of shoes, but autofill keeps suggesting the wrong password (your partner's, you guess?). It can be frustrating and messy, and that's why Chrome is revamping its profiles experience, making it even easier to create, customize or switch to your personal space within Chrome.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Choose the profile you want to use when you restart Chrome.</figcaption></figure>You can easily give everyone with whom you share a computer a space that’s just for them, including a color scheme and background (check out the new theme series by Black artists for inspiration), bookmarks organized just the way they want them, and their saved passwords. Also new in this update: for all those articles you want to read later, you can now add them to your reading list in Chrome on Android and desktop.Once everyone's set up, it's easy to select the right profile for the right moment, switch to another profile as needed or instantly create a new one. Using different colors for different profiles makes it easy to distinguish them at a glance.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Customize your profile, so you easily recognize “your space”.</figcaption></figure>You can also access your Chrome profile on your other devices. Just turn on sync and get that theme you’ve selected, along with anything else you’ve saved such as your new reading list, your favorite bookmarks and your saved passwords across your devices.We hope Chrome's new profiles experience brings you more structure and ease, and helps you better separate work from personal activities for each member of the household. Keep an eye out for these new features as they roll out on desktop over the coming weeks.</body></html>

2 months ago

Celebrate Black creative visions with Chrome from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>This Black History Month, the Chrome team is showcasing exciting new work by Black artists in a collection of themes that let you customize the look of your browser.We commissioned six contemporary artists and invited them to turn Chrome into their canvas. Working in different mediums and bringing different points of view, each artist has presented their interpretation of the ways people use Chrome: finding new knowledge, connecting with each other, exploring our world and taking action towards our goals.Our design team crafted themes around their work to fuse them seamlessly into Chrome, coordinating the colors of your tabs and making sure the work looks great on all types of laptop and desktop screens.We drew inspiration from the #drawingwhileblack hashtag, organized by featured artist Abelle Hayford, as well as from the many artists who have used their talents to advance the call for justice and give us visions of a better future. We hope these themes help you discover new artists, and bring you energy and joy throughout your day as you go to new places through art. Browse all 24 themes in the collection on the Chrome Web Store, and read on to hear from the artists:<figure>“Telepathy” - Sabrena Khadija<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">“Telepathy” - Sabrena Khadija“Black women are my one true source of inspiration. For my ‘Telepathy’ theme I wanted to represent the bonds that connect us and allow us to uplift, empower, and embolden each other. To show that whether we are sisters or strangers, the bonds that connect us remain strong.” Sabrena Khadija is a Brooklyn-based illustrator from Prince George’s County, Maryland.</figcaption></figure><figure>“Bubbly” - Olivia Fields<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">“Bubbly” - Olivia Fields“One day, I was doing the dishes and a tiny bubble managed to escape from the kitchen and travel all the way to my workspace. As I watched it move slowly through the room, I realized I was still drawn in by its gentle movements as well as the urge to pop it before reaching its destination. ‘Bubbly’ is inspired by that warm nostalgic feeling of spending time at play. ”   Olivia Fields is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York, where she currently works as a freelancer.</figcaption></figure><figure>"Stay Flo" - Laci Jordan<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">“Stay Flo” - Laci Jordan“Inspired by exploration, escapism, and vacation. ‘Stay Flo’ captures the idea of the movement, flow, and lush vibes commonly experienced through exploring (and vacation).”   Laci Jordan is a multidisciplinary designer, illustrator and creative director. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Jordan currently lives in Los Angeles.</figcaption></figure><figure>"The Explorer" - Janelle Cummins<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">“The Explorer” - Janelle Cummins“I wanted to create designs influenced by its fluidity. I arrived at a unifying theme of water, a versatile element that provides, sustains and captivates. This theme design shows a macro shot of scenes within water droplets caught on blades of grass. A curious ladybug enters one of the encapsulated worlds.”   Janelle Cummins is an illustrator born and raised in Barbados, who now calls the San Francisco Bay Area her home.</figcaption></figure><figure>"Ntentan (Connections)" - Derrick Ofosu Boateng<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">“Ntentan (Connections)” - Derrick Ofosu Boateng“Connection as a part of human existence is so vital for the society as a whole. Not just on the surface, but deep within us, where we’re joined spirit to spirit, heart to heart. It’s such a healing relationship. That was my inspiration for this collection.”   Derrick Ofosu Boateng is a Ghanaian digital artist inspired by the richness of Africa and the way of life of her inhabitants.</figcaption></figure><figure>"A Spark" - Abelle Hayford<figcaption class="article-carousel__caption h-c-copy h-u-mt-std">“A Spark” - Abelle Hayford“For this illustration, I wanted to approach the concept of ‘finding’ in a more symbolic way. When I find or discover ideas or concepts it feels like a giant spark of inspiration coming to life.”   Abelle Hayford is a Los Angeles-based illustrator and artist working in animation and comics.</figcaption></figure></body></html>

3 months ago

Extending enterprise zero trust models to the web from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>For over a decade, Chrome has been committed to advancing security on the web, and we’re proud of the end-user and customer safety improvements we’ve delivered over the years. We take our responsibility seriously, and we continue to work on ways to better protect billions of users around the world, whether it’s driving the industry towards HTTPS, introducing and then advancing the concept of a browser sandbox, improving phishing and malware detection via Safe Browsing improvements or working alongside Google’s Project Zero team to build innovative exploit mitigations. To continue our work of making a safer web for everyone, we’ve partnered with Google’s Cloud Security team to expand what enterprises should expect from Chrome and web security. Today the Cloud Security team is announcing BeyondCorp Enterprise, our new zero trust product offering, built around the principle of zero trust: that access must be secured, authorized and granted based on knowledge of identities and devices, and with no assumed trust in the network. With Chrome, BeyondCorp Enterprise is able to deliver customers a zero trust solution that protects data, better safeguards users against threats in real time and provides critical device information to inform access decisions, all without the need for added agents or extra software. These benefits are built right into Chrome, where users are already spending much of their workday accessing the apps and resources they need to be productive, and IT teams can easily manage these controls right through our Chrome Browser Cloud Management offering.By extending zero trust principles to Chrome, we’re introducing the following advanced security capabilities that will help keep users and their company data safer than ever before:Enhanced malware and phishing prevention: BeyondCorp Enterprise allows for real-time URL checks and deep scanning of files for malware.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Sensitive data protection across the web:IT teams can enforce a company’s customized rules for what types of data can be uploaded, downloaded or copied and pasted across sites.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Visibility and insights: Organizations can get more insights into potential risks or suspicious activity through cloud-based reporting, including tracking of malicious downloads on corporate devices or employees entering passwords on known phishing sites. <figure class="article-image--full article-module "></figure>Including Chrome in your zero trust strategy is critical not only because your employees spend much of the working day in the browser, but also because Chrome is in a unique position to identify and prevent threats across multiple web-based apps. Enhanced capabilities surrounding data protection and loss prevention protects organizations from both external threats and internal leak risks, many of which may be unintentional. We’ve built these capabilities into Chrome in a way that gives IT and security teams flexibility around how to configure policies and set restrictions, while also giving administrators more visibility into potentially harmful or suspicious activities. Naturally, these threat and data protections are also extended to Chrome OS devices, which offer additional proactive and built-in security protections.  As with many of the major security advances Chrome has introduced in the past, we know it takes time to adopt new approaches. We’re here to help with a solution that is both simple and more secure for IT teams and their users. As you look at 2021 and where your security plans will take you, check out BeyondCorp Enterprise. Chrome will host a webinar on Thursday, January 28, highlighting some of our recent enterprise enhancements, and offering a preview of what’s to come in 2021. We’ll also talk more about the Chrome-specific capabilities of BeyondCorp Enterprise. We hope you can join us!</body></html>

3 months ago

Making Chrome extensions more private and secure from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Every day 4 million Chrome extensions are downloaded, and with more than 250,000 extensions and themes available on the Chrome Web Store, no two Chrome browsers are alike. From productivity and learning tools to entertainment and shopping, extensions on Chrome open up a new world of possibilities that let you customize your experience and help you get things done. We make sure the extensions that our developers build meet your expectations for privacy and security so you can continue to explore and enjoy browsing the web with Chrome. Here's how we’ve improved in 2020 and what’s coming next year:Stricter privacy rules and more control over your dataIn 2021, we’ll change how extensions access data and how permissions work when an extension is installed. You will get to determine which websites the extension can access when you browse the web, instead of letting the extension decide. These updates follow other changes we made this year when we introduced the puzzle icon on the toolbar to make extension controls more visible and granular. Once you grant an extension permission to access a website's data, that preference can be saved for that domain. You can also still decide to grant an extension access to all the websites you visit, but that is no longer the default.<figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">In 2021, you will be able to manage the extension’s permissions, so you control which websites it can access as you browse the web. </figcaption></figure>Transparent extensions’ data usageWe’ve also been improving our developer policies to make extensions more transparent. Starting January 18th, every extension will publicly display its “privacy practices” which will use clear visuals and simple language to explain the data they collect and use. We’re also limiting what developers can do with the data they collect. <figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">You will find the new privacy practices overview right on the extension listing.</figcaption></figure>More security updates to keep you safeOver the last year,  we’ve updated our security practices to help us identify more harmful extensions before they enter the Chrome Web Store. For instance, thanks to our integration with Google Safe Browsing, the number of malicious extensions that Chrome disabled to protect people grew by 81 percent.Earlier this year we also updated Chrome’s Safety check in Settings to help you quickly confirm if harmful extensions are installed and learn how to remove them. Next year, we’re planning to launch more protections through Enhanced Safe Browsing. <figure class="article-image--full article-module "><figcaption class="article-image__caption h-c-page">If malicious extensions are installed, Chrome’s Safety check will tell you how to remove them.</figcaption></figure>Ready to start customizing your experience on Chrome? Check out the extension collections we feature on the Chrome Web Store, including the regularly updated Editor’s Pick, Staying at home, Enhance your gameplay or Personalize Chrome collections. Our priority is to continue developing features that protect your data and keep you safe, while you choose extensions that help you get the best out of Chrome.</body></html>

5 months ago

A faster Chrome, for everything you need to get done from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Today we're offering up our final Chrome release of 2020. The updates can help you get things done this holiday season (and beyond), so you can make life's work a bit smoother and reclaim precious time.Faster to start, faster to load, and way more battery lifeThis month's update represents the largest gain in Chrome performance in years, thanks to many under-the-hood improvements. Here’s what’s starting to roll out today:Chrome now prioritizes your active tabs vs. everything that’s open—reducing CPU usage by up to 5x and extending battery life by up to 1.25 hours (based on our internal benchmarks).Chrome now starts up to 25 percent faster, loads pages up to 7 percent faster, and does all of this using less power and RAM than before.Chrome on Android now loads pages near instantaneously when you navigate backward and forward, making these common tasks super fast.Tabs: pin ‘em, group ‘em, and now search ‘emMany people use tabs to organize their stuff online—from read-worthy articles, to sources of inspiration, to everyday to-do’s. This range of utility is why you can pin tabs (for those go-to pages), send tabs to your other devices and even group tabs in Chrome. This month we're adding tab search to the toolbox.You’ll now be able to see a list of your open tabs—regardless of the window they’re in—then quickly type to find the one you need. It’s search … for your tabs! The feature is coming first to Chromebooks, then to other desktop platforms soon.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Even if you have multiple Chrome windows, you can find a tab no matter which window it’s in.</figcaption></figure>Taking action directly from the address barThe address bar is one of those multi-sport athletes in Chrome: you can type a search, a URL, or just tap on a suggestion, and it gets you where you’d like to go. In fact, we call it the "omnibox" inside of Google (#TheMoreYouKnow).In this release, we’re expanding what you can do in the address bar with Chrome Actions—a faster way to get things done with just a few keystrokes. For example: when you type “edit passwords,” or “delete history,” you can now take action directly from the bar. Our first set of actions—available initially on desktop—focuses on privacy and security, so you can increase your peace of mind in a few clicks.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Our first set of Chrome Actions makes managing your privacy and security settings even easier.</figcaption></figure>A way to pick up where you left offYou know when you find that delicious recipe online, then you can't find it again when it’s time to cook dinner? We’ve heard similar stories from lots of people, for lots of different scenarios.To help you jump back into activities like planning a meal, researching a holiday gift, or winding down with a video, we'll soon add cards to your new tab page in Chrome. Clicking on them will take you to recently-visited and related content on the web, and save you time in the process<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Cards in Chrome will help you pick up where you left off. They include recently-visited and related content, and they'll start showing up for some users on the new tab page, underneath the shortcuts.</figcaption></figure>We’re starting with a few experiments in areas like cooking and shopping, and we plan to add entertainment early next year. This is a definitely a new type of experience in Chrome, so we welcome your feedback.All of the above—plus some other features we’ll share on Twitter—is rolling out over the next few weeks. So stay tuned, and here’s to what’s next!</body></html>

6 months ago

4 reasons to set Chrome as your default browser on iOS from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>With iOS 14, you can now change your default browser (the browser that automatically opens links) to Chrome on your iPhone or iPad. If you already use Chrome on your computer, Chrome on iOS delivers the same familiar and easy-to-use experience, with a look and feel that’s right at home on your iPhone or iPad. Here are four reasons you should try it—including a couple of recently released features and some new ones coming soon.1. Your Chrome on any deviceWhen you’re signed in to your Google account you can sync Chrome across your phone, tablet or computer so your passwords, payment details, autofill information and bookmarks are automatically available on all of those devices. No need to take out your credit card or type in your address if you need to buy something while you’re on the go. Chrome also makes switching between devices really easy. From the search bar of Chrome for desktop or the sharing menu of Chrome for iOS, you can send a tab to another signed-in device with just a click. If you find a recipe on your computer, you can easily pull up your recent tabs and open it up on your phone to check the ingredient list while you're out shopping. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>2. Get organized and be productiveThe tab grid in Chrome for iOS already gives you an easy way to view and organize your tabs, and you can save a tab to your Reading List to read later, even if you’re offline. If you want to quickly share one of those tabs with a friend, we’re adding the ability to generate QR code that will take them right to that website. We’re also adding a download manager—one of our most-requested features—so you have a download folder to store and find files you’ve saved from Chrome.If you have an iPad, you can now drag and drop links from Chrome to another app (and vice versa) when you’re in Split View. We’re also working on a feature that will let you open multiple windows in Chrome on iPad so you can view two tabs at one time. Chrome already supports mouse usage on iPadOS, and soon we’re adding support for Scribble integrations with the Apple Pencil for those who prefer writing over typing or tapping. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>3. Feel safe browsing the web Chrome keeps your information secure, so you don’t have to be a security expert to feel safe on the web. Its built-in password manager generates unique passwords, securely stores them, and helps you identify and fix compromised passwords. For an added layer of protection, soon you will be able to use your fingerprint to confirm your identity when filling in passwords in Chrome. Plus, the password manager can now autofill saved Chrome login details into other apps or browsers. In addition to helping you with your passwords, Chrome on iOS now includes Google Safe Browsing, which alerts you with a warning before you open a potentially dangerous site. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>4. The browser with Google built inChrome is built with Google Search at the core, which means you get answers quickly with personalized search results and instant answers that appear as you type. Google Translate is also integrated into Chrome so you can automatically translate sites in over 100 languages with a single click. And the “Articles for You” section of the Chrome new tab page brings you articles, stories and blogs from around the web, tailored to your interests.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>To set Chrome as your default browser, you’ll need to first make sure your iPhone or iPad is running iOS 14 and you have Chrome installed. Then complete the following steps:Visit iPhone Settings, scroll down until you see “Chrome” and tap on itTap on “Default Browser App”Choose “Chrome”</body></html>

7 months ago

Easier access to Search, Chrome and Gmail in iOS 14 from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>iOS 14 has launched, and with it comes new features that make it easier to access some of the Google apps you use most often. Starting today, you can add a Google Search Widget to your Home Screen to let you find information even faster. You can also set Chrome as your default browser app on your iPhone or iPad, and in the coming days, you’ll be able to set Gmail as your default email app. Find it even faster with new iOS Home Screen Widget for the Google appIn iOS 14, you can add Widgets to your Home Screen so you can access apps more quickly or get information at a glance. Starting today, we're giving you lightning-fast access to Search with a Widget in two sizes: one with just Search, and one with shortcuts to three additional ways to search, depending on your preference.The Google app is a great way to find relevant and helpful information on your iPhone or iPad-- from web pages and quick answers to images, products, news, even life-size AR animals. And you can choose from several different ways to search, including typing, talking, or using your camera with Lens. With the Quick Search Widget, you can search for anything, right from your Home Screen. The Shortcuts Widget includes a quick Search bar and additional search modes: Lens, which lets you search what you see through your camera; Voice Search if you don’t feel like typing; and Incognito mode for an extra layer of privacy. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>To set up Search as a Home Screen Widget, first make sure you have the Google app downloaded from the App Store. Then follow these steps:Press and hold on the home screen of your iPhone or iPadTap the plus icon on the upper left corner to open the widget gallerySearch for & tap the Google appSwipe right/left to select the widget sizeTap “Add Widget”Place the widget and tap “Done” at the upper right corner<figure class="article-image--medium h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "></figure>Set Chrome and Gmail as your default browser and email app If you set Chrome as your default browser, when you open a link from another app, it will open in Chrome. Similarly, if you set Gmail as your default email app, any time you tap on an email icon on the web, it will open the Gmail app. With Chrome and Gmail, you can:ChromeSync Chrome on your computer or tablet to automatically access your bookmarks, saved passwords and payment methods, settings, and recently opened tabsGet answers quickly with personalized search results from Google that instantly appear as you typeBrowse safely with advanced protection from threats like phishing and dangerous websitesEasily view and open your tabs with an uncluttered tab grid designGmailEasily retract an email right after you send it with undo sendWrite emails faster with Smart Compose or respond to emails quickly with Smart ReplySchedule emails to send at a later time or date with schedule sendProtect sensitive information from unauthorized access, set an expiration date for messages or remove options to forward, copy, print, and download with confidential mode To set Chrome and Gmail as your default browser and email apps, first, make sure you have both Chrome and Gmail downloaded from the App Store. Then follow these steps:Chrome1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down until you see “Chrome” and tap on it2. Tap on “Default Browser App”3. Choose “Chrome”<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Gmail1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, scroll down until you see “Gmail” and tap on it2. Tap on “Default Mail App”3. Choose “Gmail”<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Now that you’re set up with Google on iOS 14, take it for a spin! And stay tuned for more Google Widgets in the coming weeks to make your iPhone even more helpful. </body></html>

8 months ago

Organize your tabs and stay productive in Chrome from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>These days, people are spending a lot of time in their browsers to get things done, whether for work, school or something else. And while some write out a formal to-do list to keep track of tasks, for others, their to-do list is their tabs in Chrome. However you get things done, we want Chrome to help you be more productive. Today we’re sharing a number of improvements, including tabs that load faster and new features that let you organize and find them easily. Get more done, with 10 percent faster tabs in ChromeWhen you’re checking off one task after another from your to-do list, waiting even a few seconds while your tabs load can slow you down.  These under-the-hood performance improvements will make your Chrome tabs load up to 10 percent faster. Group your tabs, then collapse themTab groups help you visually distinguish your tabs by topic or task—like work or shopping—or even priority. Now you can collapse and expand your tab groups, so it's easier to see the ones you need to access. This was the most popular feature request we heard from those of you using tab groups, and as we begin rolling out this functionality, we hope you’ll give it a try.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>New touch-friendly tabs for tablet modeIf you use Chrome in your laptop’s tablet mode, you’ll soon have an easier time flipping through your tabs, finding the page you’re looking for, and browsing the web. Coming to Chromebooks first, a new touchscreen interface has tabs that are larger and more practical to organize, and hide when you don’t need them.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Switch to an already-open tabRolling out on Android in this release, when you start typing a page title into the address bar, you’ll see a suggestion to switch to that tab if you already have it open. You can already do this in Chrome on your laptop.<figure class="article-image--medium h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">If you already have the page open, you’ll see a new suggestion to switch to that tab.</figcaption></figure>Find your tab faster with tab previewsIt can be frustrating to click through multiple tabs trying to find the one you want. Coming to Chrome Beta to try out this release, you can hover over a tab and quickly see a thumbnail preview of the page. This is useful when you have lots of tabs that look the same (how did I end up with this many Google Docs tabs, anyway?).<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>Fill out and save PDFs in ChromeIn this Chrome release, we’re also going beyond tabs to improve Chrome’s PDF functionality. Over the next few weeks, you’ll be able to fill out PDF forms and save them with your inputs, directly from Chrome. If you open the file again, you can pick up where you left off.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "></figure>URL sharing made easierFor Android users, we’ve improved  URL sharing to help you quickly copy a link, send it to Chrome on your other devices, and send links through other apps. You can also print the page or generate a QR code to scan or download. This new QR code feature is also rolling out to Chrome on desktop and can be accessed from a new QR icon in the Chrome address bar.<figure class="article-image--medium h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--4 h-c-grid__col--offset-4 "></figure>We hope all these updates will make it easier and faster to browse and get things done in Chrome. We prioritize keeping Chrome stable, so features sometimes take time until they roll out to every browser. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates on feature rollout.</body></html>

9 months ago

More intuitive privacy and security controls in Chrome from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>Keeping you safe and secure online is part of Chrome’s DNA. Along with providing strong default protections, we aim to give you accessible, intuitive, and useful controls so you can make choices that are right for you. So, today we’ve started rolling out new tools and a redesign of Chrome’s privacy and security settings on desktop, to help you control your safety on the web. Easy to understand controlsWith this redesign, we’ve made the controls even easier to find and understand, with simplified language and visuals:It’s easier to manage cookies. You can choose if and how cookies are used by websites you visit, with options to block third-party cookies in regular or Incognito mode, and to block all cookies on some or all websites. In Site Settings, we’ve reorganized the controls into two distinct sections to make it easier to find the most sensitive website permissions: access to your location, camera or microphone, and notifications. A new section also highlights the most recent permissions activity.At the top of Chrome settings, you’ll see “You and Google” (previously “People”), where you can find sync controls. These controls put you in charge of what data is shared with Google to store in your Google Account  and made available across all your devices.Because many people regularly delete their browsing history, we’ve moved that control, “Clear browsing data”, to the top of the Privacy & Security section. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Clearer, more accessible controls to help you manage cookies.</figcaption></figure>Safety check in Chrome With our new safety check in settings, you can quickly confirm the safety of your experience in Chrome.The new tool will tell you if the passwords you’ve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised, and if so, how to fix them. It will flag if Safe Browsing, Google’s technology to warn before you visit a dangerous site or download a harmful app or extension, is turned off. The safety check tool also has a new additional way to quickly see if your version of Chrome is up to date, i.e. if it’s updated with the latest security protections. If malicious extensions are installed, it will tell you how and where to remove them.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Check if your passwords have been compromised and if so, fix them with Chrome’s help.</figcaption></figure>Third-party cookie controls in Incognito mode In Incognito mode, where people come for a more private browsing experience, Chrome doesn’t save your browsing history, information entered in forms or browser cookies. While we continue to work on our long-term effort to make the web more private and secure with Privacy Sandbox, we want to strengthen the Incognito protections in the meantime. In addition to deleting cookies every time you close the browser window in Incognito, we will also start blocking third-party cookies by default within each Incognito session and include a prominent control on the New Tab Page. You can allow third-party cookies for specific sites by clicking the “eye” icon in the address bar. This feature will gradually roll out, starting on desktop operating systems and on Android.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Incognito mode blocks third-party cookies within each session.</figcaption></figure>A new home for your extensionsStarting today you’ll start to see a new puzzle icon for your extensions on your toolbar. It’s a neat way to tidy up your toolbar, and gives you more control over what data extensions can access on sites you visit. With this addition, you’ll still be able to pin your favorite extensions to the toolbar.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Opening menu displays your extensions and shows you what data they can currently access.</figcaption></figure>Upgraded security with Enhanced Safe Browsing protection and Secure DNSWe’re bringing you two major security upgrades that you can opt in to. First, Enhanced Safe Browsing gives you more proactive and tailored protections from phishing, malware and other web-based threats. If you turn on Enhanced Safe Browsing, Chrome proactively checks whether pages and downloads are dangerous by sending information about them to Google Safe Browsing.  If you’re signed in to Chrome, then Chrome and other Google apps you use (Gmail, Drive, etc.) will further protect you based on a holistic view of threats you encounter on the web and attacks against your Google Account. Over the next year, we’ll be adding even more protections to this mode including tailored warnings for phishing sites and file downloads, and cross-product alerts.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Enhanced Safe Browsing offers the highest-level of security.</figcaption></figure>We’re also launching Secure DNS, a feature designed to improve your security and privacy while browsing the web. When you access a website, your browser first needs to determine which server is hosting it, using a step known as a "DNS (Domain Name System) lookup." Chrome's Secure DNS feature uses DNS-over-HTTPS to encrypt this step, thereby helping prevent attackers from observing what sites you visit or sending you to phishing websites. By default, Chrome will automatically upgrade you to DNS-over-HTTPS if your current service provider supports it. You can also configure a different secure DNS provider in the Advanced security section, or disable the feature altogether. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Secure DNS can be configured to use your current ISP's service if available (default), another provider from a list, or a custom provider.</figcaption></figure>These new updates and features, including our redesigned Privacy and Security settings, will be coming to Chrome on desktop platforms in upcoming weeks. We’ll continue to focus on features that protect your privacy and security as you’re browsing the web with Chrome, in addition to giving you clear and useful choices around managing your data.</body></html>

12 months ago

Keep tabs on your tabs in Google Chrome from Google Chrome Blog

<html><head></head><body>There are two types of people in the world: tab minimalists who have just a few tabs open at a time and tab collectors who have...significantly more. For minimalists and collectors alike, we’re bringing a new way to organize your tabs to Chrome: tab groups. This feature is available now in Chrome Beta. <figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Tab groups in Chrome help you organize your tabs.</figcaption></figure>Now, with a simple right click, you can group your tabs together and label them with a custom name and color. Once the tabs are grouped together, you can move and reorder them on the tab strip.  We’ve been testing out tab groups for several months now (as have some of you), and we’re finding new ways to stay organized. Through our own usage and early user research, we’ve found that some people like to group their Chrome tabs by topic. For instance, it helps if you're working on several projects, or looking through multiple shopping and review sites. Others have been grouping their tabs by how urgent they are-- “ASAP,” “this week” and “later.” Similarly, tab groups can help keep track of your progress on certain tasks: “haven’t started,” “in progress,” “need to follow up” and “completed.” My pro tip is that you can use an emoji as a group name such as ❤��� for inspiration or 📖 for articles to read. Tab groups are customizable so you can decide how to use them. And just like regular tabs, your groups are saved when you close and reopen Chrome.<figure class="article-image--large h-c-grid__col h-c-grid__col--6 h-c-grid__col--offset-3 "><figcaption class="article-image__caption ">Group tabs by topic, urgency, progress, etc. It’s up to you how to group them.</figcaption></figure>Chrome’s stability and performance are important to us, so we’re releasing tab groups slowly in our upcoming version of Chrome, which begins rolling out next week. Tab groups will be available for Chrome on desktop across Chrome OS, Windows, Mac and Linux. If you want to preview tab groups today, it’s available in the latest version of Google Chrome Beta. (Note: if you don’t see tab groups in Chrome Beta, try restarting your browser.)</body></html>

12 months ago