As part of a broader update to the Chrome web browser, Google announced Several new features are coming to the latest build of Chrome for iOS today. Among the key additions, the Chrome app gains access to Google’s enhanced Safe Browsing feature, which warns you ahead of time about dangerous web pages. Other updates include UI changes, the ability to set Google’s password manager as an autofill provider, an updated language identification model, and more.
Some of these changes have been available for Android and desktop versions of Chrome for months or even years, but now they’re rolling out to iOS as well.
For example, Enhanced Safe Browsing, which was available on Android and desktop versions of Chrome, is finally coming to iPhone and iPad in this release. This feature is able to predict and warn users about dangerous websites by sending real-time data to Google Safe Browsing to check for malware, phishing and other threats. Chrome will also send alerts to iOS users about compromised credentials so they can change their usernames and passwords accordingly.
After updating the app, users can enable Enhanced Safe Browsing on their iPhone or iPad via Chrome > Advanced > Settings > Enhanced Safe Browsing.
Another feature coming to iOS is called “Chrome Actions” which helps you perform certain tasks more easily without having to dig through the app’s settings. For example, you can enter actions in the browser’s address bar, such as “Clear browsing data”, “Open an incognito tab”, or “Set Chrome as default browser”. The application will then immediately direct you to the desired page. Chrome’s address bar can also predict when a user might benefit from a Chrome action, based on the words entered, so you don’t have to know the correct command. It was available on the desktop with 2020 and on Android ever since April 2022.
The update will also allow users to install Google Password Manager as an autofill provider, competing with other password utilities such as 1Password or Dashlane, as well as offering an alternative to the built-in password management system. When enabled, Chrome can help users manage and complete their passwords on any website or mobile app on their iOS device. This feature was already available in Chrome for PC and Android.
As for the browser interface, Chrome’s home screen has been redesigned to include more than just recent tabs. You’ll notice that the app will now offer access to the same Discover feed with personalized content that’s typically found on the home page of the Google mobile app. Google notes that this will be coming to Chrome on Android in the future.
Google is also improving Chrome’s website translation feature, which uses on-device machine learning to make websites available in your preferred language. On iOS, an updated language identification model will be launched that accurately detects the language of the page you are visiting and whether it needs to be translated or not.
Finally, additional minor changes were identified based on App Store Release Notes for Chrome 103. This includes the new ability to control camera and microphone permissions for specific sites using the camera and microphone icons in the address bar, as well as the ability to upload and add iCalendar files to your calendar and remove duplicate New Tab page tabs. in the background. Some have noticed Chrome’s three-dot (overflow) menu has also received a few tweaks to better highlight the Bookmarks tab and Reading List, which are now higher up in the list.
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