Google today launched Chrome 69 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, Android, and iOS, just a few days after the browser’s 10-year anniversary. The release includes a new design, more powerful omnibox, updated password manager, more accurate autofill, plenty of developer-specific changes, and a slew of security improvements. You can update to the latest version now using Chrome’s built-in updater, download it directly from google.com/chrome, or grab it from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
With over 1 billion users, Chrome is a browser as well as a major platform that web developers must consider. In fact, with Chrome’s regular additions and changes, developers often must make an effort to stay on top of everything available — as well as what has been deprecated or removed.
New look and new features
Chrome’s new look, based on Material 2 principles, includes more rounded shapes, updated icons, and a new color palette. Prompts and menus have been simplified, while tabs are now shaped to make website icons easier to see. The Material 2 design applies to desktop and mobile, and on iOS the revamp includes moving the toolbar to the bottom “so it’s easy to reach.” Google has even dropped the HTTP/HTTPS protocol designator from the address bar, so URLs no longer start with that prefix.
Speaking of Chrome’s address bar, which Google calls the omnibox, it can now show you answers without having to open a new tab (including rich results on public figures or sporting events, instant answers like the local weather via weather.com, or a translation of a foreign word). If you search for a website…