Google Chrome is turning ten. The company announced a wide set of changes coming to the world’s most popular browser, on both mobile and desktop.
Website icons are now easier to see when you’ve overloaded a window with tabs, and menus and other design elements have been tweaked and simplified throughout various versions of the app. Some relevant changes are listed below: Chrome can now auto-generate a strong password that will be linked to your Google account; the search bar can now show you more information without needing to open a new tab; You can now create shortcuts for your favorite sites on the new tab page, as well as set a background image; Chrome also revamped its autofill and password manager to be more accurate across different sites; You’ll soon be able to search through your Google Drive right from the search bar.
The update is rolling out. Google says it continues to work on improving startup time, latency, memory use and more. Over the last decade, with 2 billion copies of Chrome installed, the comparatively sleek browser eclipsed rivals and now accounts for 60 percent of browser usage, according to analytics firm StatCounter. Darin Fisher was the Chrome engineering leader who helped write the first secret prototype in 2006. Chrome was designed for complex, rich web applications and it was the right way. Chrome's multiprocess design is now standard for browsers.