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Google commemorates 15th anniversary of Chrome with a redesign: Here’s what’s different

By: Tech Desk
New Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2023 10:31 IST

Google is giving some interesting design upgrades to the Chrome browser. These changes are not only visual but also aimed at offering better safety.

It has been 15 years since Google launched its Chrome browser. Over the years, Google Chrome has evolved into one of the most preferred web browsers in the world with nearly three billion users having it as their default browser. Google is celebrating the 15th birthday of Chrome in a remarkable way. Reportedly, Google is initiating a revamp to Chrome with its Material You Design language. 

“These new themes and distinct colours can help you distinguish between profiles, like your work and personal accounts, at a glance. We’ve also better integrated with operating systems so your Chrome preferences can easily adapt to OS-level settings, like dark and light modes,” Google said in its blog.

Yes, you read that right. Google Chrome is all set to have some visual changes to its layout. Although the layout is expected to retain its quintessential elements, users will be able to see refreshed icons that emphasise legibility along with themes and palette colours. Moreover, the Chrome menu has been optimised to offer instant access to Google Translate, Password Manager, and Extensions.  

Google Chrome is also improving its Safe Browsing feature, which will now check sites to see if they are listed on Google’s bad sites category in real-time. This is seen as a big improvement as earlier, it usually took around 30 to 60 minutes to check the same. “By shortening the time between identification and prevention of threats, we expect to see 25% improved protection from malware and phishing threats. This update will roll out to Chrome in the coming weeks,” read the blog.

The side panel on Google Chrome will also have some distinct utility, such as a feature that will let users search the page to learn more about the source and look for related searches. The Chrome Web Store is also getting a design change, as it will now feature a new interface, categories for AI-powered extensions, and Editor’s spotlight along with recommendations tailored to the user’s preferences. The new Web Store is currently open for public review. 

The changes will be rolled out in the coming weeks. 

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