The new Google Chrome update
Google has launched a new update. Not only does it bring better and more improved tab management but extends to QR codes as well as performance enhancements, including 10% faster page loads, PDF improvements, and a host of developer features. Google Chrome’s new update, Chrome 85, is compatible on all platforms such as Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Google has started rolling out numerous updates to its Chrome web browser with one main goal of increasing user efficiency, and thus making the browsing experience that much quicker. The tech giant is making Chrome’s tabs, and its newer tab groups, simpler and easier to use. Behind the scenes, Google Chrome’s new update will deliver up to 10% faster page loads, and will decrease the impact of having sluggish background tabs.
New features (what do they mean for usage?)
Altogether, the complete set of new features that Google Chrome’s new update provides, addresses most users’ concerns, since most Chrome users choose to have many tabs open at a given time, and work in their browser on a regular basis. Over and above this, Google in May, announced they were to introduce tab groups – a feature that allows users to open and stick their tabs to a group which they can personally label in order to keep their various projects and tasks organized.
Another feature of Google Chrome’s latest update is allowing their users to collapse and expand their desired group tabs allowing for easier access. The update comes after the tech giant said that this was the most popular request it heard from those who were using tab groups during tests. Likewise, Google is revealing a new touchscreen interface for tabs designed for laptops being used in tablet mode – coming to Chromebooks first. This will further ease users’ ability to flip through different tabs with ease. Furthermore, Chrome 85 implements 20 security fixes, always a welcome fix!
What were the short-term phases?
In the interim, the beta version of the Chrome browser introduced a feature that lets you hover over a tab to see a thumbnail preview of the page. This could prove useful particularly for those times when you have many open tabs from the same domain, for example Google Docs. As touched on earlier, they will similarly be able to print the page or even generate a QR code to scan or download.
But that is not all… the new Google Chrome update will also begin to roll out what will likely be a very popular new feature in this newest release – the ability to fill out and save PDF forms directly from Chrome. You will even be able to reopen these files again, and pick up where you left off. This added feature will only start to get underway over the next few weeks and won’t be immediately available, Google says. On Android’s version of Chrome, if you start typing a page in the address bar, you’ll see an option to switch to that tab if it is currently open. Android users will also gain simplified URL sharing to make it easier to copy links and share to other devices, or send links through other apps. This change brought forward enhancements, including page loading speed, battery and memory saving.
How Chrome addresses the current issues
In the past, Chrome has, every so often, been criticized for being lethargic and a resource hog on Mac. Even though user complaints can be attributed to an assortment of glitches, in the end, users will ultimately blame the software, not the Operating System it runs on. That means Google has to make a concerted effort to address these areas which it is able to fix by rolling out optimizations such as these.
The new Google Chrome update sets out to ultimately improve the overall experience of using several tabs in Chrome, a main feature of this new release (version M85), which should deliver two notable improvements. The first being Profile Guided Optimization, which is a compiler optimization method where the most performance-critical parts of the code essentially can run faster, Google explains. It also says this will allow up to 10% faster page loads by prioritizing the most common tasks. This fresh improvement will roll out across Mac and Windows with Chrome M85. (The technique was first introduced in M53 using Microsoft Visual C++ [MSVC], Chrome’s preceding build.)
With Google Chrome having over 1 billion users, the new update is a welcome improvement on a major platform as it continues to strive for the ultimate search experience, and thereby providing an unprecedented service to its users.